Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 56.21
Liaison Jennifer McMillin
Submission Date July 28, 2020

STARS v2.2

Cleveland State University
OP-17: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Jennifer McMillin
Director of Sustainability
Facilities l Architect l Safety l Technology
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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:
CSU participates in the Cleveland-wide UHBikes program.

One UHBikes rack is located on campus across from the Fenn Tower dorm on East 24th Street. Users can rent one of the red bikes and return it to any UHBikes rack across Cleveland.

Students can get a membership for $8/month with no monthly minimum that offers 60 minutes of ride time per day.

In 2020, the UHBikes program will transition to the HOPR program.

Does the institution participate in a car sharing program?:

A brief description of the car sharing program:
Since 2011, Cleveland State has partnered with Zipcar to bring self-service, on-demand car sharing to campus at a discounted rate for students.

The program currently includes four vehicles on campus. In 2019, members made 1,994 reservations. According to Zipcar studies, each Zipcar removes 13 personally owned vehicles from campus. This equates to 411,200 lbs. of avoided CO2 emissions.

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

A brief description of the incentives for fuel efficient vehicles:
CSU offers one parking spot on campus reserved for a low emissions vehicle at the Center for Innovation in Medical Professions building.

In 2019, an Office of Sustainability program offered CSU affiliates up to $3,500 in rebates on the purchase of a Nissan LEAF electric vehicle.

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 2019, CSU installed three electric vehicle charging stations in the Student Center Garage (Lot 22). Payment for visitor parking or a valid CSU parking permit is required to use the charging stations. There is no additional cost for charging.


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:
CSU partnered with Campus District to encourage eligible full-time employees to lease properties close to work and downtown. CSU incentivizes employees to live in Sankofa Village, high-quality apartment homes less than a mile from CSU's campus.

CSU will provide first month’s rental payment, up to $1,000, to live in Sankofa Village in pre-approved rental units on a first come, first served basis, for up to 15 employees each year, as units are available.

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:
U-Pass allows all students to ride free of charge on all Greater Cleveland RTA buses and rapid trains during each academic semester

The Commuter Advantage program allows eligible faculty and staff to purchase RTA monthly bus passes via payroll deduction at a pre-tax rate. This also includes a service where RTA will arrange for transportation if one misses their bus or train and there are no other options to travel to their destination.

The RTA Cleveland State Line consists of 16 buses that connect communities along the West Shore to the main campus.

The GOHIO Commute program is an interactive platform that allows users to see all transportation options from point A to point B including public transit, walking, biking, carpooling and vanpooling, and it includes travel time, costs and emissions generated per mode. Gohio Commute allows members of the CSU community to narrow their carpooling search to include only CSU faculty/staff or only CSU students.

In partnership with CSU Parking and Transportation, the CSU Recreation Center has installed a Fixit Bike Repair Station between their front entrance and the Washkewicz College of Engineering.The Fixit includes an air pump and all the tools necessary to perform basic bike repairs and maintenance, from changing a flat tire to adjusting brakes and derailleurs. The Pro Shop inside the Rec Center carries a small selection of bike repair items including patch kits, inner tubes and chain lube.

The CSU Recreation Center offers instructional clinics that are free for students and members of the Recreation center. Bike safety and repair clinic sessions are offered throughout the year and focus on road safety, maintenance and basic repair.

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