Overall Rating Platinum - expired
Overall Score 85.42
Liaison Lisa Kilgore
Submission Date March 4, 2021

STARS v2.2

Cornell University
OP-17: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Leslie Schill
University Planner
Capital Projects and Planning
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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:

Does the institution participate in a car sharing program?:

A brief description of the car sharing program:
Cornell University is purchasing full or partially subsidized memberships for eligible employees and students with Ithaca Carshare.

All Cornell employees enrolled in the Omniride program are provided free "Just In Case" memberships. Non-Omniride employees get a discounted rate for Ithaca Carshare membership. All Cornell students are eligible for free or discounted membership as well.

Ithaca Carshare is a membership service offering 24/7 self-serve access to fuel-efficient cars, minivans, and trucks located in Ithaca, NY. Ithaca Carshare also currently has roaming agreements with thirteen other carshares. Costs vary, but Ithaca Carshare members can drive in many of these cities by paying nothing more than usage fees. Four of the 23 Ithaca Carshare vehicles are located on the Cornell campus.

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

A brief description of the incentives for fuel efficient vehicles:
We have several spaces within both parking garages reserved for LEV and Alternative Fuel vehicle parking. These specially-signed and painted stalls are intended for permit-holders with cars that meet the standard set by the Green Building Council.

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:
Three (6) Level Two ChargePoint EV charging stations and one (2) Level Two ChargePoint EV are available at both of Cornell's parking garages. Spaces are first-come, first-served, and time- and permit-restricted. In addition (1) Level Two Charging Station in the Facilities Service Building. For a total of nine Electric Vehicle Charging Stations.

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:
Cornell University, the largest employer in Tompkins County, contributes $200,000 per year to the Tompkins County Affordable Housing Fund to assist people employed in Tompkins County in purchasing proximal housing, that might otherwise be out of reach.

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:
OmniRide Program-- OmniRiders get the benefit of free, unlimited travel on any TCAT transit bus within Tompkins County, seven days a week. OmniRide privileges are accessed with a CU photo ID card at the fare box on TCAT buses. Transit riders who live outside the county can also join OmniRide. They’ll receive a discounted pass for use on their county’s transit system. (The out-of-county transit fee is payroll deducted on a pre-tax basis).

Flexible parking options for days the bus won’t work for you include occasional-use parking permits (currently ten permits every four months; limit of 30 permits annually), metered parking, and Parkmobile pay-by-cell parking.

Eligible groups can request books of ten one-day parking permits valid in all Perimeter and Outer Tier Parking areas. Groups receive one less book than there are number of members with registered vehicles (a two-person RideShare can request one book of permits every six months).

The RideShare parking permit may be used in any group member's car, as long as it is registered with the university.

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