Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 57.92
Liaison Keisha Payson
Submission Date Feb. 25, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Bowdoin College
OP-21: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.75 / 2.00 Keisha Payson
Sustainability Coordinator
Sustainable Bowdoin
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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:

There are showers and lockers available for bicycle commuters in both the Morrell Gymnasium and Farley Field House locker rooms.


Does the institution provide short-term bicycle parking (e.g. racks) within 50 ft (15 m) of all occupied, non-residential buildings and make long-term bicycle storage available within 330 ft (100 m) of all residence halls (if applicable)?:
Yes

A brief description of the bicycle parking and storage facilities:

There is no one building on campus for indoor commuter bike storage, but there are dozens of bicycle racks throughout campus where commuters can park their bikes, including three bike racks that are either covered or under a roof overhang, thus protecting bicycles during inclement weather. Additionally, all of the 8 first year residence halls and 8 college houses, as well as several other residence halls around campus, have indoor bike storage facilities.


Does the institution have a “complete streets” or bicycle accommodation policy (or adhere to a local community policy) and/or have a continuous network of dedicated bicycle and pedestrian paths and lanes?:
No

A brief description of the bicycle/pedestrian policy and/or network:

Bowdoin College has a continuous network of dedicated paths that are used by both pedestrians and cyclists, but the institution has not adopted marked lanes.


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:

Bowdoin students run a Yellow Bicycle Club (YBC) from which members have access to a fleet of bicycles around campus for a small fee. Current YBC membership stands at 80, which is limited by the number of bicycles that can be stored during the winter months and the summer months.


Is the institution certified as a Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists (U.S.) or under a similar third party certification covering non-motorized transportation?:
Yes

A brief description of the certification, including date certified and level:

Recognized as a Silver Status Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclist in November, 2013 http://community.bowdoin.edu/news/2013/11/bowdoin-earns-silver-for-bike-friendly-campus/


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 program(s), including availability, participation levels, and specifics about discounts or subsidies offered (including pre-tax options):

1. Bowdoin partially funds a local bus - the "Brunswick Explorer" which stops at Bowdoin every hour to transport users to and from nearby shopping centers, hospitals and transit stations for a flat rate of $1.
2. Bowdoin offers the Bowdoin Shuttle Service, available to all students in the evenings, with increased capacity on weekend nights.
3. In addition to the Bowdoin Shuttle, the student government sponsors the local taxi company (Brunswick Taxi) to shuttle students for free on weekends within 1 mile of campus.
4. Bowdoin offers reduced-fare shuttles to and from Portland on the weekends and to the Portland airport before and after school breaks.


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

A brief description of the GRT program:

The Sustainability office directs faculty and staff to the Go MAINE commuter program from the sustainability website. One of Go MAINE’s biggest benefits is the Emergency Ride Home program, available, free of charge, to Mainers enrolled in the Go Maine NuRide program. The benefit allows for a free (or reimbursed) taxi ride or rental car home in the event of a workday emergency.


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:

Bowdoin promotes the Go MAINE carpool matching tool NuRide to facilitate employee carpool matching. NuRide provides an easy method of finding a carpool match as well as calculating the fuel and dollars saved by car pooling.


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:

Bowdoin participates in the ZipCar program and has three ZipCars on campus available to Bowdoin members. The program is open to the local community as well.


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:

Bowdoin has 2 publicly available Level 2 charging stations located in a centrally located campus parking lot.


Does the institution offer a telecommuting program for employees as a matter of policy or as standard practice?:
No

A brief description of the telecommuting program:
---

Does the institution offer a condensed work week option for employees as a matter of policy or as standard practice?:
No

A brief description of the 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:
---

Does the institution have other incentives or programs to encourage more sustainable modes of transportation and reduce the impact of student and employee commuting?:
No

A brief description of other sustainable transportation initiatives and programs:
---

The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable transportation program(s) is available:

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.