Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 79.98
Liaison Lindsey Lyons
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

Dickinson College
OP-17: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Lindsey Lyons
Assistant Director
Center for Sustainability Education
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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:

Dickinson College Department of Public Safety administers the College Red Bike Program. Dickinson Red Bikes are available for daily free loan. The 15 red bikes and related safety equipment are for the use of Dickinson College students, their visiting family members, alumni and Dickinson College faculty and staff and their family members. The Red Bikes are checked out over 1,000 times each year in this free loan program.

The Dickinson College Center for Sustainability Education also manages over 55 bicycles in their Green Bike Program. Green Bikes are available to faculty, staff, and students for free semester long loan - green bike users are required to provide a $25 refundable deposit. These bikes were rebuilt & refurbished in The Handlebar, our on-campus bicycle co-op. All green bikes come with a helmet and lock for use during the semester. The Green Bike Program began in Summer 2012, and consistently checks out 100% of the fleet every semester.

Does the institution participate in a car sharing program?:

A brief description of the car sharing program:

Dickinson College and Zipcar have teamed up to make cars available to students and employees. The service, which has been proven to reduce emissions, complements Dickinson’s campus-wide commitment to sustainability, while offering students and faculty convenient and cost-effective transportation.

The Zipcars are available for use 24 hours a day, seven days a week and are available to all students and staff 18 or older. Gas, insurance, 180 free miles daily and reserved parking are included in the hourly and daily rates.

The Zipcars are located on campus.

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

A brief description of the incentives for fuel efficient vehicles:

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:

Yes, Dickinson now has three electric vehicle (EV) charging stations on campus, each with two charging plugs, allowing for six electric vehicles to charge at once.

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:

Dickinson offers full-time employees a home-buyer program that provides assistance for buying a home in a designated area in downtown Carlisle near the college. Incentives include a ‘forgiveness loan’ of up to $2,000 and a no-interest deferred payment loan of up to $5,000 to help with closing costs and down-payments. These benefits are also available to first-time home-buyers.

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:

In addition to those noted above, Dickinson annually participates in National Bike to Work Day. Faculty and staff programming, events, and education are coordinated in our on campus bicycle co-operative: The Handlebar.

We have actively partnered with Commuter Services of Pennsylvania as an institutional partner. Commuter Services helps commuters find carpool partners through our Commute PA program and provides advice on successful carpooling.


Carpoolers are also provided an exemption to the parking fee, and are provided with multiple passes for one fee.

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

Dickinson is committed to creating options for sustainable transportation in and around campus. Our Climate Action Task Force has addressed the issue of transportation directly, and created excellent recommendations for pursuit over the next few years. However, Dickinson has already made great progress in the following areas of sustainable transportation including bike share, commuting programs and partnerships, and car share. Given the rural location of our campus, public transportation options are limited.

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