Commuter Vials and Tubes

Commuter Vials and Tubes

Student Artist: Jorge Avilez, Christopher Boyd
Course: Data Visualization with Lucy HG Solomon
Sustainability Focus: Transportation and Pollution Data
Data Sources: Juliana Goodlaw-Morris; Parking and Commuter Services

Commuter Vial and Tubes shows how students commuted to campus in Fall 2017 – whether by car, train (Sprinter), or walking or biking. Because cars significantly pollute our environment, red is the color that we chose to represent the danger of carbon emissions. Blue liquid reflects more moderate emissions levels, and clear water represents zero emissions. The more liquid there is, the more students are involved. We found that 7067 students purchased parking permits, 520 used Sprinter permits, and there were 89 bikes on campus on any given day.

With our research, we discovered that one mile of driving emits about 411 grams per mile with one average passenger per vehicle. With over 5,000 students driving to school, the number of pounds of emissions is a staggering number. For this project, we decided to present the visual translation in three dimensions, utilizing only this data from commuting. The liquid’s color gives the viewer an idea how much they impact the environment.

Sketches of ideas and the process: