Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 72.00
Liaison Jessica Krejcik
Submission Date Dec. 22, 2021

STARS v2.2

Concordia University
OP-17: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Cassandra Lamontagne
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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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:

While Concordia does not run its own bike sharing program, Montreal's municipal bike-sharing program, BIXI, has bicycle stations located close to the downtown campus and the Montreal-West campus. Concordians save 10% on the regular membership by subscribing through specific URLs. The discount will allow Concordians to purchase a seasonal BIXI pass for $89, tax included, rather than the regular $99. The seasonal pass covers the period between April 15 - November 15 and is available until May 31, 2021. Concordians also get 10% off the monthly pass, at $17/month instead of $19/month; these are available all season long.

For a specific locations of bicycle stations near both campuses, see: https://www.concordia.ca/about/sustainability/sustainability-initiatives/transportation/bike-parking-amenities.html

Does the institution participate in a car sharing program?:

A brief description of the car sharing program:

Communauto is Montreal's community car sharing service. The station nearest the downtown campus has a number of cars available. The Loyola campus offers two spaces to Communauto at the P5 (Terrebonne) parking facility.

To find out more visit Concordia's Sustainable Transportation page under "External commuting resources": https://www.concordia.ca/about/sustainability/sustainability-initiatives/transportation.html

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

A brief description of the incentives for fuel efficient vehicles:

All electric charging stations are well located close to university entrances.

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:

There are a total of 4 charging stations for electric vehicles at Concordia. There are 2 Level 1 (120 V) charging stations located at the Loyola Campus. One is in the parking lot at the Sports Complex (P7) and the other is in the Terrebonne parking lot (P5). There are 2 level 1 (120V) charging stations at the downtown campus. They are both located in the LB Building Indoor Garage. There are a number of EV charging stations available through the Circuit Electrique program and accessible within close proximity to both Concordia Campuses. These may be found here: https://lecircuitelectrique.com/find-a-station

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:

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:

At least twice per year, Concordia follows the "Abandoned Bike Procedure". This formal procedure allows the removal of old/abandoned bicycles that are locked on bicycle racks and diminish the parking capabilities of bicycles on campus. After a 3 month storage period, unclaimed bicycles are donated to a rehiring/social inclusion company that recycle and refurbish them.

The Concordia Indoor Bike Parking Facility is comprised of bike racks in a locked cage area located inside the LB Garage — offering a higher level of security for commuters against theft. The goal is to provide a safer place for your bike, protected from the weather. All Concordia members can purchase an Access Pass and register to use the facility for authorized bikes. Bike Pass registration comes with access to bike tools and lockers. Members are also eligible for a discounted membership at Le Gym, where they can use the showers and lockers.

Concordia University has the capacity to hold 646 bikes, 97 in the winter and 70 spots in a high security facility on the downtown SGW campus. The Loyola campus has the capacity to hold 224 bikes and 72 in the winter season.

Carpool Parking permits are available to Faculty/Staff for the Loyola Campus, and the SGW Campus (LB Garage). Benefits of being part of a Carpool Group: Loyola Discounted monthly parking permit fee ($70/month),
SGW Discounted monthly parking permit fee in the LB Garage ($200/month), reduce single occupancy vehicle use, share expense costs, reserved preferred parking space in the lot and reduced carbon emissions.

The Concordia shuttle buses run on B20 biodiesel fuel (at 2-4% biodiesel) which produces fewer emissions than conventional diesel. As explained by the US Department of Energy, "B20 is a common blend because it represents a good balance of cost, emissions, cold-weather performance, materials compatibility, and ability to act as a solvent". https://afdc.energy.gov/fuels/biodiesel_blends.html

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