Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 72.18
Liaison Ryan Todd
Submission Date May 9, 2016
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STARS v2.0

California State University, Sacramento
OP-21: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.75 / 2.00 Kristina Cullen
Sustainability Analyst
Facilities Management—Sustainability
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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:

The campus has eight secure bike locker compounds with individual bike lockers for rental per semester. There are a total of 112 bike lockers for rental on campus and can be rented at the front desk of the Bike Shop located at Peak Adventures. They rent for $30.00 a semester with a $20.00 key deposit. Showers are located at Yosemite Hall.
http://www.peakadventures.org/bike_shop/bike_locker_rentals.php
http://www.csus.edu/aba/utaps/images/BikeParkingLocations.pdf


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)?:
No

A brief description of the bicycle parking and storage facilities:
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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?:
Yes

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

In Spring 2014 a Bicycle Task Force comprised of members of Facilities
Management and University Transportation and Parking Services created
a plan to transform Sac State into a more bicycle-friendly campus. The change included
new bicycle traffic lanes throughout campus consisting of designated "Pedestrians Only" zones to ensure the safe passage of both pedestrian and bicyclist. The paths are marked by neon green lines that denote when a lane is to be shared by both pedestrians and bikes or when the bike lane ends and should be a "wheel-free zone" for pedestrians only.


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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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?:
No

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

n/a


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):

Student Commuter Sleeve:
Sac State students may ride all Sacramento Regional Transit (RT) fixed-route transit services, including the light rail, by presenting a valid Sacramento State OneCard and the student commuter sleeve. Students pay a nominal fee for this service through their registration fees and may pick up a student commuter sleeve at one of the following locations:
•Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) on the 3rd floor in the University Union
•Student Financial Services Center (SFSC) on the 1st floor in Lassen Hall
•University Transportation and Parking Services office (UTAPS)

Employee Commuter Sleeve

Sac State employees may ride all Sacramento Regional Transit (RT) fixed-route transit services, including the light rail, by presenting a valid Sacramento State OneCard and the employee commuter sleeve. Beginning with the Fall, 2012, sleeve, Sacramento State employees may purchase an employee commuter sleeve at $40.00 for six months (January 1-June 30 and July 1-December 31). The commuter sleeve may be purchased at one of the following locations:
•Student Financial Services Center (SFSC) on the 1st floor in Lassen Hall
•University Transportation and Parking Services office (UTAPS) on the 1st floor in Folsom Hall


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:

Guaranteed Ride Home Program:
The campus promotes carpooling and vanpooling. Both are attractive options for the
Sacramento State community since the campus is known as a commuter school. As a
participant in the carpool or vanpool program with Sacramento Transportation Management Association (TMA), two free emergency rides home via taxi or a rental car are provided free of charge. Carpooling takes more cars off the road and in turn helps improve outdoor air quality in the Sacramento region.


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:

Carpools at Sacramento State must include at least two (2) people. At least two members of the carpool must be in the vehicle when parking in carpool spaces. Student carpool permits are also valid in student parking lots and faculty/staff carpool permits are valid in faculty/staff parking lots. Vehicles must be parked in non-carpool parking spaces when driving to campus alone and displaying a carpool permit. Carpool spaces are located in Parking Structures I and III. Faculty only carpool spaces are located in Lot 1. Carpool parking permits are offered at a reduced cost.


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:

Zipcars are available around the Residence Halls. Zipcar vehicles are available 24 hours a day with gas, insurance, parking, maintenance and up to 180 miles of driving per day included in the membership.Participants sign up online and pay an annual fee – $35 for students and $50 for everyone else, plus a $25 application fee. When they need a set of wheels for as little as an hour or up to four days, they reserve the auto via the Internet or mobile device, use their Zipcard to access the vehicle and drive off.


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:

Sacramento State has installed 14 Level II Electric Vehicle Charging stations in order to support California’s increasing Electric Vehicle operating population. These charging stations make it possible for Electric Vehicles to replenish in order to prepare for the commute home. For most EV owners, the charging stations are a convenience offering an opportunity to “top-off”. For long range commuters the charging stations make owning and operating an all-electric vehicle an option.


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:

Sacramento State approved a telecommute policy effective January 1, 1994. With the approval of the appropriate supervisor and department head, telecommuting allows an individual to work one or more days each work week from their home or from a telecommuting center close to their home. Individuals stay in touch through the use of electronic devices.


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:
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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:

Sacramento State was among 60 area employers the federal Environmental Protection Agency listed as a Best Workplace for Commuters in 2005 and again in 2006. The employers were recognized for their extraordinary efforts to improve the quality of life in our region, reduce area traffic and protect the environment by making it possible for their employees to use good commuting practices. Sacramento State was recognized for the following efforts in alternative transportation.

Hornet Express Shuttle
Operates 6 buses on three fixed routes.
All buses are fueled with Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).
CNG vehicles emit 95% less pollution (depending on the pollutant) than a gasoline or diesel fueled vehicle.
Natural gas is almost always significantly less expensive than petroleum, which means reduced fuel costs for Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV) operators.
Sacramento Regional Transit (RT) bus/light rail commuter pass subsidy.
An RT Basic Monthly Pass is $100.00.
Employees at Sacramento State pay $80.00/year for the same service.
FREE Guaranteed Ride Home program for employees through the Sacramento Transportation Management Association (SacTMA).
Being located near bus/light rail routes as well as bicycle/pedestrian paths.
Having accommodations for bicyclists, such as a staffed bike compound, bike racks located throughout campus and rentable bike lockers (in conjunction with Peak Adventures).
Preferential, covered carpool parking.


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

A brief description of other sustainable transportation initiatives and programs:

Walking: There are several excellent pedestrian pathways throughout the campus. There is also easy access to campus by way of the Guy West Bridge and the Hornet Tunnel.
Commuting: Sacramento State also partners with the Sacramento TMA, an independent non-profit organization that offers alternatives to driving alone.


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

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