Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 77.56
Liaison John Pumilio
Submission Date Oct. 11, 2022

STARS v2.2

Colgate University
OP-17: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 John Pumilio
Director of Sustainability
Sustainability Office
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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:

Colgate University's Green Bikes program was originally conceived in the fall of 2005 as a community bicycle program. The goal of the program was to provide the Colgate and Hamilton communities with inexpensive, convenient, human-powered transportation to decrease reliance on automobiles.

The program has evolved since then to an affordable ($10-$15/semester) rental program managed by the Office of Sustainability.
Colgate's current fleet consists of about 30 bicycles. The rental program helps to promote responsibility and accountability for the maintenance and usage of the bike.

Does the institution participate in a car sharing program?:

A brief description of the car sharing program:

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

A brief description of the incentives for fuel efficient vehicles:

Limited parking is a major issue on campus and commuters with all-electric, PHEV, or hybrids enjoy preferred parking opportunities throughout campus. Whenever the university constructs a new building or renovates a parking lot we add preferred parking for low-emission vehicles or charging stations for E/Vs.

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 2021, Colgate has two dual-arm level 2 charging stations on campus.

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 university maintains several houses and a five-unit apartment complex for lease by faculty and staff. Rent levels are established to recover Colgate’s costs of maintaining properties. Colgate does not make a profit on its rental properties by adding a profit margin to rents, nor does it attempt to recover the opportunity costs of maintaining rental properties rather than investing the property value elsewhere. In fact, at present Colgate is minimally subsidizing most renters by not fully recovering its costs.

Within the last couple of years, Colgate financed and constructed 21 new single-family homes that are within walking distance of downtown Hamilton, Hamilton Central School, and Colgate University. This project was intended to alleviate some of the housing stock stresses for middle to lower-income employees to live in work in Hamilton. To date, 17 homes have already been sold with 4 more pending.

Additional plans are in the work to continue increasing opportunities for Colgate employees to live within the Village/Town of Hamilton. https://hamilton-housing.com/gallery

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:

Colgate has a free shuttle service called the Colgate Cruiser available to students, employees, and community members coupled with a policy that no students can park on campus between 8 a.m and 3 p.m. Several Cruisers operate various routes both on campus and throughout the village of Hamilton.

Colgate also has a transportation service desk to assist students with carpooling, trains, and bus transportation.

Additional information can be found here:

Website URL where information about the institution’s support for sustainable transportation is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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