Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.30
Liaison Stephen Ellis
Submission Date May 31, 2024

STARS v2.2

Boston University
OP-17: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Gabrielle Brewer
Sustainability Analyst
BU Sustainability
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Does the institution have a bicycle-sharing program or participate in a local bicycle-sharing program?:
Yes

A brief description of the bicycle sharing program:

The Boston University is a Bronze corporate member of Bluebikes. Faculty, Staff and Students are eligible for a subsidized annual Bluebikes membership of $73.50/year compared to the full cost of $129/year. There are 400+ stations (including 4 on or near the BUMC) and 4000+ bikes throughout the metro area. https://www.bu.edu/transportation/bicycling/bluebikes-discount/


Does the institution participate in a car sharing program?:
Yes

A brief description of the car sharing program:

Boston University supports car sharing through its partnership with Zipcar, where students, faculty and staff can receive discounted memberships. 5 Zipcar vehicles are located on the Charles River Campus with 2 more located on the Medical Campus. Members can choose between hybrids and other low emissions vehicles, all of which have been SmartWay Certified by the Environmental Protection Agency. Students, faculty, and staff can join Zipcar for only $35 per year, pay no application fee, no monthly minimum, and no membership deposit. https://www.zipcar.com/universities/boston-university


Does the institution offer preferential parking or other incentives for fuel efficient vehicles?:
Yes

A brief description of the incentives for fuel efficient vehicles:

We currently have 5 spaces reserved for low emission vehicles in our Kenmore parking lot as well as 7 spaces reserved for these vehicles in our CAS lot on the Charles River Campus. At Boston University Medical Center, on the first level of the 610 Albany St. Garage, there are designated gated parking spaces available for carpool, vanpool and hybrid cars. Users need to register for access to the area. https://www.bu.edu/transportation/parking/electric-vehicles/


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:

On the Charles River Campus, there are 9-Dual ChargePoint EV Stations located in seven different parking lots, allowing for up to 18 vehicles to be charged at any given time. At Boston University Medical Center (BUMC), there are 11- Dual ChargePoint EV Stations allowing for up to 22 vehicles to be charged at any given time. These stations are located within the 610 and 710 Albany St. garages. https://www.bu.edu/transportation/parking/electric-vehicles/


Does the institution have incentives or programs to encourage employees to live close to campus?:
Yes

A brief description of the incentives or programs to encourage employees to live close to campus:

The Office of Rental Property Management offers and promotes on campus housing to faculty and staff. A free BU Shuttle Service, discounted MBTA passes, discounted Bluebikes and Zipcar memberships (both having multiple stations and locations on campus) are a few incentives and programs offered to encourage employees to live close to campus.


Does the institution have other programs or initiatives to encourage more sustainable modes of transportation and/or reduce the impact of student and employee commuting?:
Yes

A brief description of other programs or initiatives to encourage more sustainable modes of transportation and/or reduce the impact of student and employee commuting:

Boston University promotes bicycling as a safe and easy means of transportation by offering employees with incentives and safety products such as free lights, bells, and helmets. We also offer a Bicycle Commuter Reimbursement Benefit whereby employees receive $25/month in reimbursement for bike-related expenses for every month during which bicycling was their primary mode of commuting.


Website URL where information about the institution’s support for sustainable transportation is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

This represents FY2023 BU Metrics. General information for BUMC: https://www.bumc.bu.edu/parking/benefits-resources/


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