Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 56.93
Liaison Christina Erickson
Submission Date May 9, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Champlain College
OP-18: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Nic Anderson
Sr. Director Operations & Planning
Campus Planning
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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:

Indoor bike storage in Juniper, Butler, 194 St. Paul Street and Cushing Halls, shower facilities in IDX and Lakeside, bike racks are included in campus transportation map. See more at https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zzGqIE3MBC4Y.kJcjRyzImCk8

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:

Champlain College has two indoor bicycle storage rooms located in Butler Hall and Juniper Halls that can be used by ALL residential students (and employees) regardless of which hall they live in. An additional commuter bicycle storage space in Cushing Hall and 194 St. Paul Street were added in 2018.

There are plenty of bike racks available on campus for short term use. See the racks layer on our google transportation map for locations, details and photographs.


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:

The City of Burlington has a Complete Streets Policy that Champlain adheres to when applicable. - see https://www.burlingtonvt.gov/DPW/Complete-Streets

Our pedestrian paths are noted on our campus transportation map. https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zzGqIE3MBC4Y.kJcjRyzImCk8

See our Active Transportation Plan at http://www.champlain.edu/current-students/campus-services/transportation-and-parking/bike/active-transportation-plan

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

A brief description of the bicycle sharing program:

Greenride Bikeshare is the regional bikeshare system here in Burlington. Champlain students and employees can obtain a $25 annual membership and all the info at www.greenridebikeshare.com.

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:

Champlain College, in conjunction with Mountain Transit, operates two free shuttle buses for students, employees and guests. All shuttles pick up and drop off near the CCM Center on main campus and the pickup locations are visible from inside the CCM Center transit lounge to the Lakeside Campus and 194 St. Paul Street. Buses can be tracked via GPS at http://shuttle.champlain.edu

All Champlain College students and employees can ride any Green Mountain Transit (GMT) bus anytime, anywhere for FREE, including the LINK Express and Commuter routes. This free benefit also includes use of ACTR (Addison County Transit Resources) buses from Addison County including Middlebury, Bristol, Vergennes, Starksboro and Hinesburg. Your Champlain ID card is already set up, so simply swipe it through the fare box card reader as you board the bus.

GMT is the public bus service for northwestern Vermont. It is headquartered in Chittenden County and also serves the surrounding counties. Champlain College affiliates can ride buses for FREE through our Unlimited Access Program with CATMA. All Champlain College employees who are riding the bus on a regular basis qualify for CATMA's Guaranteed Ride Home program. This gets you free taxi rides home in the event of an emergency.

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:

Offered through CATMA http://catmavt.org/program/guaranteed-ride-home

Our convenient FREE program is offered to employees at CATMA's member employers who use an alternate mode of transportation [carpool (riding with a family member is included), vanpool, bike, walk or take the bus] on a regular basis at least two days a week.

Not having a car available for emergency trips home, is one of the drawbacks for people who are considering alternate forms of commuting. To alleviate this worry, CATMA provides an Emergency Ride Home FREE of charge to anyone associated with its membership who regularly uses an alternate commute mode. We'll issue you your personal CATMA Commute Smart Card once you register.

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:

Champlain is a member of CATMA (Campus Area Transportation Management Association) and through CATMA people can participate in carpooling utilizing the Go!Vermont app.


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:

Champlain College is a host of two CarShare Vermont cars with subsidized membership for full-time students and full or part-time employees, one at Perry Hall and a second (added in 2018) at 194 St. Paul Street.


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:

As of fall 2018, a Level 2 charging station is available in the MIC parking lot for visitors and/or campus users and another Level 2 station is located in the Lakeside parking lot. Level 1 charging is available in Rowell Annex and will be expanded in 2019.

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:

The College does not have an official policy, but it is up to individual managers to determine when it is appropriate in their departments. Several offices offer this option to their employees.

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:

Champlain College (the College) offers a flexible work schedule for full-time staff to support their work/life balance. This policy outlines those items which must be taken into consideration by a supervisor when approving a flexible schedule.


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:

Champlain has a limited stock of housing (3 houses, 4 apartments) that are available to rent to current employees. All housing is within walking distance of the campus.

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:

Free parking for EVs; a few (5) preferred parking spots available for hybrid/EV vehicles. All employees are eligible to participate in the Bike/Walk Rewards program. When employees bike or walk to work and log their commute, an accrue 24 days within a 60 day period, they get a $15 gift certificate. https://catmavt.org/program/bike-walk-rewards-program

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Active Transportation Plan of 2015 found here: https://sites.google.com/a/champlain.edu/active-transportation-plan/

In Fall 2015, the College restructured the transportation office, moving it out of public safety and as of 2018 is part of the Campus Planning / Finance Team. A full time Director of Transportation manages all aspects of campus transportation.

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