Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.82
Liaison Holli Fajack
Submission Date Jan. 29, 2021

STARS v2.2

California State University, Long Beach
OP-17: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Kayla Jolly
Sustainable Transportation Coordinator
Parking & Transportation Services (PTS)
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Does the institution have a bicycle-sharing program or participate in a local bicycle-sharing program?:

A brief description of the bicycle sharing program:

The Long Beach Bike Share program has 9 bike share hubs and over 35 bikes on campus. Interested participants can download the Social Bicycles Mobile App on their iOS or Android device to view an interactive map of all Bike Share stations and reserve a bike using their mobile device.

CSULB students, staff and faculty receive a discount for Long Beach Bike Share of $7.50/month providing up to 90 min of ride time per day.

Does the institution participate in a car sharing program?:

A brief description of the car sharing program:

There are four Zipcars available at CSULB. These cars offer temporary vehicle use as an alternative to traditional car rental or ownership. Zipcar charges a one-time application fee, an annual fee, and a reservation charge. Fuel, parking, insurance, and car maintenance are included in the membership price.

All students, faculty and staff, 18 years or older, with a valid U.S. or international driver’s license are eligible to reserve a Zipcar at anytime (up to a year in advance) using the mobile app or online. Zipcars can be rented by the hour or by the day.

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

A brief description of the incentives for fuel efficient vehicles:

The campus incentives electric vehicle use by providing conveniently located EV chargers for student and employee use. Additionally, the campus has designated a small number of preferential parking spaces for low emissions vehicles (five spaces total).

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

A brief description of the electric vehicle recharging stations:

CSULB has 44 Level 2 charging spaces on campus. These EV charging stations are located in two surface parking lots and two parking structures (Lot G7, E8, Pyramid Parking Structure and the Palo Verde South Parking Structure).

The EV chargers in Lot G7are part of the 4.75 megawatt solar panel installation that was completed in Fall 2017 and made possible through a Public Private Partnership Agreement (PPP) between SunPower and CSULB.

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

A brief description of the incentives or programs 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?:

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:

In 2019, CSULB unveiled the Campus Wheel Path project which was designed to provide students with a safe, easy-to-use wayfinding system throughout campus and to encourage sustainable methods of transportation. The project included the installation of 24”x36” on-ground decals which clearly mark the paths for bikes, scooters, and skateboards through the main quad, northern sections of campus and a complete loop that connects points on campus with the City of Long Beach bike lanes located on the major boulevards and streets that surround the campus (Bellflower Boulevard, Atherton Street, Palo Verde Avenue, and State University Drive).

CSULB also partners with Long Beach Transit to offer students and employees discounted transit passes for unlimited rides on all Long Beach Transit buses. Students and employees have the option of purchasing a 150-day transit pass for $100, which is a 50% discount for students and nearly 70% discount for employees. Long Beach Transit operates in 13 cities and has multiple routes with on-campus stops.

For longer-distance commutes, CSULB has partnered with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority to provide students and employees with a discounted transit option when traveling to campus from the greater Los Angeles area. The LA Metro Pass provides CSULB students and employees with unlimited rides on all LA Metro buses and light rail lines (Red, Orange, Blue, Expo, etc.) for a highly-discounted price (based on ridership).

In addition, the campus has a Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH) program, Rideshare Rewards Program, and vanpool program for employees. The GRH program is funded by LA Metro and provides employees who bike, bus, walk, carpool or vanpool to work with up to two rides home per year in the event of an emergency. The campus is considering extending this program to students. The Rideshare Rewards Program is a monthly prize drawing for employees who commute via sustainable modes. Participants track their commutes on an online platform and each month four individuals are randomly selected to win $50 in Beach Bucks credit (funds can be used at food and retail operations on campus). The vanpool program offers employees up to a $500 rental subsidy (funded by LA Metro), a $100 fuel subsidy, complimentary parking privileges, and a reserved parking space.

CSULB also operates on- and off-campus shuttles that run on reclaimed compressed natural gas (CNG). The Beachside Shuttle provides rides to students who reside in the off-campus university residence (Beachside Housing). On-campus shuttles are provided through the East Loop, West Loop, and All Campus Tripper shuttles, which operate every 15 minutes. Real-time GPS tracking can be accessed via the CSULB Mobile App.

Website URL where information about the institution’s support for sustainable transportation is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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