Overall Rating Platinum - expired
Overall Score 85.29
Liaison Tonie Miyamoto
Submission Date March 23, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Colorado State University
OP-21: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
2.00 / 2.00 Carol Dollard
Energy Engineer
Facilities Management
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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:

There are showers, lockers, and covered parking in four main buildings on campus for the use of cyclists. Additionally, there are 7 on-campus stations where students can fill their tires and/or make some basic repairs with freely available tools.

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 over 25,000 available bike parking points on campus available for short or long term storage. There are also longboard rack across campus.

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:

CSU has a Bike Master Plan which includes complete streets, continuous paths and bicycle accommodation across campus. CSU was previously awarded Silver from the League of American Cyclists for its bike infrastructure. There is a capital improvement project on campus to continue improving trails and bike lanes on all of CSU's 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:

The city of Fort Collins has a city-wide bicycle library which extends to CSU students at no cost. Students can check out a bike at several locations around town including on campus.

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):

Students and employees receive free bus passes at the beginning of each year. CSU has put in $500,000 to encourage sustainable transportation in the last year. This incudes on campus shuttles and supporting new bus routes throughout the city to help students and employees commute sustainably.

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:

There is a Guaranteed Return Trip program for employees who use sustainable transportation so that they are able to get home, or anywhere around town, if there is an emergency or other unexpected situation. Students have a similar program through RamRide.

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:

CSU offers a free online program that is designed for students, faculty, and staff to easily find carpools not only to campus but also to the airport, ski resorts, and other popular areas.

The university is also expanding its vanpooling options for employees.

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:

Colorado State University (CSU) has forged a partnership with Zipcar Inc. to provide the campus with access to the world’s leading car sharing network. The environmentally friendly and cost-effective transportation option has vehicles placed in convenient areas around campus. The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to all students, faculty and staff members ages 18 and older, as well as members of the local community ages 21 and over.

Gas, insurance, reserved parking spaces, roadside assistance and up to 180 miles of driving per day are included in the regular hourly and daily Zipcar rates. Cars can be reserved for as short as an hour or up to four days.

About Zipcar:
Zipcar is an environmentally friendly transportation alternative; national studies have shown that each Zipcar shared takes at least 15 privately owned vehicles off the road. Zipcar has established partnerships with more than 230 universities. With parking at a premium on college campuses, and a growing interest in alternative transportation options, Zipcar provides an attractive substitute for bringing a personal car to campus.

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:

CSU has four electric vehicle charging stations on campus and is looking to expand that as part of its partnership with Drive Electric Northern Colorado.

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:

Certain employees of CSU can telecommute to their office. These programs are managed by individual departments.

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:

Flex time is available for CSU employees which can condense a normal work week. Individual departments determine the regulations and administration of this program.

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:

There is limited low cost, on-campus housing for Faculty and Staff which is provided as available once student applications for housing have been assigned.

Additionally, the University offers free bus passes to Employees, thereby encouraging staff to live closer to campus. CSU recently mapped all employee and student off campus residencies against access to bus routes. They found that more than 60% of employees living in Fort Collins have access to a bus stop serving campus within 0.25 miles of their home.

With the installation of an express bus line along campus this year, the University is demonstrating a commitment to making local commuting possible.

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:

CSU has no-car commuter days, bike to breakfast days (free breakfast for those arriving by bike) and also longboard to breakfast days and a number of other direct outreach programs provided by CSU's dedicated Alternative Transportation Coordinator.

The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable transportation program(s) is available:

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