Neutral UF Coalition Program
About the Neutral UF Coalition
The Neutral UF Coalition program was unveiled in April 2016 at the annual Campus Earth Day Celebration and was officially launched in September 2016. The program is designed to allow faculty and staff employees of the University of Florida to voluntarily offset the carbon impact of their commutes to and from campus.
Employee commuting makes up about 6% of UF’s total carbon footprint. UF is working toward major institutional changes to reach its goal of carbon neutrality by 2025, and the Neutral UF Coalition program provides an easy way for individuals to participate in helping the campus achieve its goal.
For most employees at the University of Florida, driving is a necessity. Although we work to promote alternative transportation options whenever possible, we realize and understand that it is not realistic for everyone. The Neutral UF Coalition program is specifically targeted toward those employees who drive to and from campus, but wish to lessen their footprint and environmental impact. Those employees may enroll in voluntary post-tax payroll deductions to offset their commute. Just one dollar per pay period – or $26 a year for 12-month employees – can completely offset the average UF commute.
Offsets are a way to invest in actions that reduce climate impacts in one location to make up for (offset) emissions that cannot be avoided in another location. These offsets are created through our local non-profit offset partner, We Are Neutral. 100% of the voluntary deduction amount goes to create these offsets, which fund tree plantings on local conservation land, as well as provide energy retrofits in low-income housing in the local community.
Voluntary deductions can be started or stopped at any time, and you may change your enrollment whenever you like.
Ready to enroll?
Great! Follow the easy steps below to become the newest member of the Neutral UF Coalition!
How to Enroll in the Voluntary Commuting Carbon Offset Payroll Deduction Program:
Step 1: Login to myUFL
Step 2: Navigate to Voluntary Deductions section
- Click Main Menu –> My Self Service –> Payroll and Compensation –> Voluntary Deductions
Step 3: Add a new deduction
- Click the yellow “Add Deduction” button
Step 4: Fill out the deduction enrollment form
- “Type of Deduction”: click the down arrow and select “Commuting Emissions Mitigation”
- “Enter Amount to be deducted each pay cycle”: choose the dollar amount from each pay check that you would like to be applied toward the emissions mitigation. $1.00 per pay check ($26/year) completely offsets the average UF employee’s commute. You may choose to apply more or less toward the carbon offset – there is no upper or lower limit.
- “Enter Deduction Start Date”: click the little calendar icon to the right of the text box and select the date on which you would like the deduction to start. The deduction will be applied to the paycheck following the date you choose. If you would like the deduction to start immediately, click “Current Date” at the bottom of the calendar.
- “Enter Deduction Stop Date”: leave this blank if you would like the deduction to continue to continue indefinitely (you can manually stop the deduction at any time). If you would like to enroll in the deduction for only 9 months or 12 months, choose a stop date that corresponds to that time period (you can manually start the deduction again at any time).
Step 5a: Modifying the deduction
- Once you have enrolled in the Voluntary Commuting Emissions Mitigation deduction, you can modify or stop it at any time.
- Simply navigate to the Voluntary Deductions page you visited to enroll (Main Menu –> My Self Service –> Payroll and Compensation –> Voluntary Deductions), and click the yellow “Edit” button to the right of the Commuting Emissions Mitigation deduction
Step 5b: Modifying the deduction
- From this page, you can change or stop the deduction
- To change the amount that is deducted each pay cycle, simply type a new amount in the “Enter Amount to be deducted each pay cycle” box and click the yellow “Submit” button
- To stop the deduction, simply click on the calendar icon next to “Enter Deduction Stop Date,” select the date on which you would like the deduction to stop, and click the yellow “Submit” button. The deduction will stop with the first pay check following after the date you chose.