Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.54
Liaison Alex Miller
Submission Date March 6, 2020
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STARS v2.1

Carleton College
OP-18: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.60 / 2.00 Alexandra Miller
Sustainability Program Coordinator
Energy and 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:

Carleton has 67 bike racks and 1875 exterior bike parking spaces. All are available to staff and faculty. Employee showers are available at the Recreation Center, Cowling Gym, West Gym, Laird Stadium, and Anderson Hall. Commuters have access to outdoor storage, lockers, and showers in these four recreational facilities and our new science building (Anderson) around campus.

Out of our total count, 935 bike parking spots are at residence halls. All ten residence halls have bike parking. Indoor parking is available at three (Watson, James, Cassat) and covered exterior storage is available at three (Goodhue, Myers, Musser). There are also bike maintenance stations placed in high-traffic locations at the Recreation Center and student union. Students shower in their residence halls.

Does the institution provide short-term bicycle parking for all occupied buildings and makes long-term bicycle storage available for students who live on-site (if applicable)?:

A brief description of the bicycle parking and storage facilities:

SHORT-TERM: There are bike racks within 50 feet of every academic building and non-residential building (with the exception of West Gym). There is also bike storage next to all residential buildings, however much of it is exterior. There are several residence halls that have storage for school breaks including Watson hall.

LONG-TERM: Watson Hall, James Hall and Cassat Hall have secured indoor bike rooms.

Does the institution have a bicycle and pedestrian plan or policy (or adhere to a local community plan/policy) that sets standards and practices for campus streets to enable safe access for all users?:

A brief description of the bicycle and pedestrian plan or policy:

A circulation plan is in process and will be complete in 2020.

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 student government voted in February 2017 to institute a bike-sharing program, Zagster. The program had about 2,500 rides in the 2017-2018 academic year with 350 users. This program failed not because of users, but because the company failed to do the regular maintenance of the bikes and all but two fell into disrepair.

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 programs:

The LOCAL bus program provides evening and weekend transportation around Northfield for Carleton and St. Olaf students as well as the general public. Destinations include Target, Cub Foods, Northfield Urgent Care, and downtown Bridge Square. The bus is free for Carleton and St. Olaf students and is subsidized by both colleges and their student governments.

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

A brief description of the guaranteed return trip program:

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:

Go! Northfield-Dundas offers an open ride board that is a public service for all members of the Northfield community, including Carleton College and St. Olaf College students. Users can post notices requesting a ride or calling for passengers. Carleton College also offers a Carleton Rideshare Map in which Carls can identify potential carpool candidates, making it easier to take advantage of carpool opportunities. Carleton employees independently participate in the Metro Transit sponsored vanpool program.

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:

Enterprise Car Share is a membership-based car sharing program offered to Carleton students, faculty and staff. Students pay a $35 annual membership fee and receive in $35 driving credits toward the hourly rate. Faculty and staff pay a $50 annual fee plus an hourly rate.

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:

In 2013 Carleton installed an Coulomb CT 2021 Level 2 EV charging station. There is also a conduit run to a second location for easy installation of a second station.

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:

Employees can work up to one day each week from home starting winter 2020. This is an agreement between the employee and supervisor and is awarded on a case by case basis.

Does the institution offer a condensed work week option that reduces employee commuting (as a matter of policy or standard practice)?:

A brief description of the condensed work week option:

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:

The college rents college-owned houses to faculty and staff. This benefit is primarily used by new employees and/or faculty who do not yet have tenure positions.

Does the institution employ other strategies to reduce the impact of commuting (e.g. preferred parking for fuel-efficient vehicles, cash-out of parking programs)?:

A brief description of other strategies to reduce the impact of commuting:

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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