Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.28
Liaison Asheen Phansey
Submission Date March 30, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Babson College
OP-18: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.80 / 2.00 Asheen Phansey
Director of Sustainability
President's Office
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Does the institution provide secure bicycle storage (not including office space), shower facilities, and lockers for bicycle commuters?:
Yes

A brief description of the facilities for bicycle commuters:

All students are able to access the secure indoor bike storage in Park Manor West. Additionally, the college has many bike racks spread across the grounds, and bicycle theft is not a concern on our campus.

Showers and lockers are available at the Webster Athletic Center, and a pair of public showers is provided in the lower level of Park Manor North. Bike racks are available at both locations.

The Campus Center front desk has a bicycle pump, provided by the Sustainability Office, available for anyone that might need one.


Does the institution provide short-term bicycle parking for all occupied buildings and makes long-term bicycle storage available for students who live on-site (if applicable)?:
Yes

A brief description of the bicycle parking and storage facilities:

There are bike racks across campus.

Park Manor West's long-term storage is open to all students.


Does the institution have a bicycle and pedestrian plan or policy (or adhere to a local community plan/policy) that sets standards and practices for campus streets to enable safe access for all users?:
No

A brief description of the bicycle and pedestrian plan or policy:
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Does the institution have a bicycle-sharing program or participate in a local bicycle-sharing program?:
No

A brief description of the bicycle sharing program:
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Does the institution offer free or reduced price transit passes and/or operate a free campus shuttle for commuters?:
Yes

A brief description of the mass transit programs:

Babson, in partnership with Olin and Wellesley Colleges, offers a shuttle that connects students traveling between the campuses. It is free for all students.

Babson also offers students a shuttle that connects the campus with the Boston area: http://www.babson.edu/admission/visiting-babson/wellesley/shuttle-schedule/Pages/home.aspx

Babson also allows employees to participate in pre-tax payroll deductions to purchase commuter passes for the MBTA or MetroWest system.


Does the institution offer a guaranteed return trip program to regular users of alternative modes of transportation?:
Yes

A brief description of the guaranteed return trip program:

Babson College participates in the MassRIDES ERH program:
MassRIDES Emergency Ride Home (ERH) program supports commuters who commute green with a free ride if an unexpected emergency arises. It is “commuter insurance” for those who carpool, take transit, bicycle, walk or vanpool to work. Participants simply take a taxi, transit, rental car or get a ride from a co-worker in the event of an emergency, submit a reimbursement request afterwards, and MassRIDES will reimburse the individual up to $100 for the cost of getting home.

Who can use ERH:

An individual must be enrolled in ERH and carpool, vanpool, transit, bicycle, or walk at least twice per week and on the day of program use. The individual must also be an employee of a participating MassRIDES employer partner worksite that is registered for ERH.


Does the institution participate in a car/vanpool or ride sharing program and/or offer reduced parking fees or preferential parking for car/vanpoolers?:
Yes

A brief description of the carpool/vanpool program:

Preferred parking locations are provided for carpoolers.


Does the institution participate in a car sharing program, such as a commercial car-sharing program, one administered by the institution, or one administered by a regional organization?:
Yes

A brief description of the car sharing program:

We have a minimum of three Zipcar vehicles available for use 24 hours a day.


Does the institution have one or more Level 2 or Level 3 electric vehicle recharging stations that are accessible to student and employee commuters?:
Yes

A brief description of the electric vehicle recharging stations:

Babson offers Level 2 electric vehicle charging in the Knight Lot and Trim Lot, for a total of 12 vehicles.

http://www.babson.edu/about-babson/sustainability/whatyoucando/Pages/Green-Commute.aspx


Does the institution offer a telecommuting program for employees as a matter of policy or as standard practice?:
Yes

A brief description of the telecommuting program:

Through the Flexible Work Schedules Program employees can apply to telecommute one day each week.

Information available to all employees in the employee handbook.


Does the institution offer a condensed work week option that reduces employee commuting (as a matter of policy or standard practice)?:
Yes

A brief description of the condensed work week option:

During the regular academic year, employees can apply to condense their work week through the Flexible Work Schedule Program. Information on the program is available in the employee handbook.

Babson also offers a Summer Condensed Work Week Program.


Does the institution have incentives or programs to encourage employees to live close to campus?:
No

A brief description of the incentives or programs to encourage employees to live close to campus:
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Does the institution employ other strategies to reduce the impact of commuting (e.g. preferred parking for fuel-efficient vehicles, cash-out of parking programs)?:
No

A brief description of other strategies to reduce the impact of commuting:
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