Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 46.40
Liaison Shannon Craig
Submission Date Nov. 25, 2015
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Camosun College
OP-21: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.63 / 2.00 Maria Bremner
Environmental Sustainability
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Does the institution provide secure bicycle storage (not including office space), shower facilities, and lockers for bicycle commuters?:

A brief description of the facilities for bicycle commuters:

Both of Camosun College's campuses are pedestrian and bike friendly, offering cyclists free access to bike fix-it stations, changerooms, showers and day use lockers. Short term bike parking is available within at least 15m of all Camosun buildings and secured bike parking and invidividual bike lockers are available as well.

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)?:

A brief description of the bicycle parking and storage facilities:

There are hundreds of short term bike parking facilities at both Lansdowne and Interurban campuses. Bike racks are located within 15 meters of all occupied, non residential buildings.

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?:

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

The Office of Environmental Sustainability provides information and maps (both print materials and online) regarding cycling and walking routes to both campuses. Furthermore, Camosun College will advocate, and has done so, when bike lanes in the community are not felt to be effective. Camosun has a great relationship with the Municipality of Saanich (in which both of it's campuses are located) and have worked together a number of times to provide convenient, safe and efficient cycling and pedestrian infrastructure.

Additionally, Camosun College has a WalkSafe program organized by the Camosun College Student Society. It is a volunteer patrol and accompaniment service that operates from 6-10pm during the Fall and Winter semesters at both campuses.

Does the institution have a bicycle-sharing program or participate in a local bicycle-sharing program?:

A brief description of the bicycle sharing program:

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?:

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

Does the institution offer free or reduced price transit passes and/or operate a free campus shuttle for commuters?:

A brief description of the mass transit program(s), including availability, participation levels, and specifics about discounts or subsidies offered (including pre-tax options):

Each campus is serviced by five different BC Transit bus routes. A bus pass is included (at a subsidized rate of 25% of the cost of a regular monthly adult bus pass) in the student fees of all Camosun students that are enrolled in at least one course on campus (students enrolled in Continuing Education, Adult Special Education or auditing courses are not eligible to receive a U-Pass). Additionally, Camosun College provides a free shuttle service, the Camosun Express, for students and staff commuting between the West Shore, Interurban and Lansdowne campuses. This shuttle service began a pilot program with a limited schedule in 2014. The pilot program was successful and the shuttle schedule has since expanded.

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

A brief description of the GRT program:

The Sustainability Report 2014 indicates that developing an emergency ride home program for carpoolers is a priority.

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

A brief description of the carpool/vanpool program:

Registered vehicles and occupants of the carpool program are offered designated preferential parking at both Lansdowne and Interurban campuses. If designated carpool parking spots are full the registered vehicle and occupants may park in any of the General parking lots. Camosun also provides an online rideshare matching program that helps individuals interested in carpooling find others in their area.

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?:

A brief description of the car sharing program:

Camosun is a partner in the Jack Bell Rideshare program, an online system that matches campus commuters with other students and employees traveling at similar times along similar routes. The program is free for anyone with a Camosun email address. The program has not been widely used at Camosun, and currently the college is looking at a variety of other car share/ carpool matching services for future use.

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:

There is one Level 2 SmartTWO electric vehicle recharging station located at the Interurban campus. Thanks to the sponsorship of Robbins parking, the charging station is free to use with the purchase of a meter ticket and available to students, staff and the general public.

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

A brief description of the telecommuting program:

There is not a formal, standard telecommuting policy, however, students, staff and faculty can contact the audio visual department to make arrangements for teleconference set up. Web conferencing software has been installed on all campus computers and 181 meetings were conducted via video conferencing in 2013.

Does the institution offer a condensed work week option for employees as a matter of policy or as standard practice?:

A brief description of the condensed work week program:

The College recognizes that employees need to balance work and family responsibilities and employees recognize that the College needs to balance its desire for a healthy workplace and its responsibility to manage service to clients and meet operational needs. Thus, the Modified Work Week program is designed to introduce flexibility into the hours of work. Participating employees make up the hours of one regular shift over a 14 day work day period in minimum blocks of 30 minutes in order to be eligible to take one regular shift off within a 21 day cycle.

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 incentives or programs to encourage more sustainable modes of transportation and reduce the impact of student and employee commuting?:

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:

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