Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 32.00
Liaison Kevin Moran
Submission Date May 22, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Drake University
OP-18: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.20 / 2.00
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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:

Bicycle racks are located outside all buildings across campus. Shower facilities and lockers are available in the Bell Center. Showers and lockers are located in the Bell Center locker rooms. All faculty, staff, and students get free access to the Bell Center facilities. Lockers are available to rent on a per year or per semester basis. Lockers are available for purchase for $30/yr or $20/semester.

Does the institution provide short-term bicycle parking for all occupied buildings and makes long-term bicycle storage available for students who live on-site (if applicable)?:

A brief description of the bicycle parking and storage facilities:

Does the institution have a bicycle and pedestrian plan or policy (or adhere to a local community plan/policy) that sets standards and practices for campus streets to enable safe access for all users?:

A brief description of the bicycle and pedestrian plan or policy:

Does the institution have a bicycle-sharing program or participate in a local bicycle-sharing program?:

A brief description of the bicycle sharing program:

Drake Bike Library
Drake students can check out bikes for free through the bike library. Bikes, locks, and helmets may be checked out at the Student Life Center (SLC) in the Olmsted Center. The Drake Bike Library allows Drake students to rent bikes for free from the Student Life Center in Olmsted as long as they show their student ID and fill out a waiver. This program began in Fall 2016 as a result of a First Year Seminar class and a LEAD 100 class. This program was also made possible through a partnership with Des Moines Bicycle Collective.

The Des Moines B-Cycles
Des Moines B-Cycle is Des Moines's bike rental stations set up around the city. With four B-Cycle stations set up around Drake, this makes B-Cycle a convenient, fun, healthy, and good for the environment way to transport around Des Moines. Drake students get a discount on the annual fee for B-Cycle rentals with the promo code of “Bulldogs” to anybody with a drake.edu email address and drop the price from $80 to $20 annually for unlimited 60-minute rides. From Drake, students can use the bike to a wide range of locations throughout Des Moines and downtown. B-Cycles can be picked up at dropped off any of the many stations around Des Moines.

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 programs:

Drake staff and students have free access to the Des Moines Area Regional Transit (DART) bus system, which allows students/staff to get around the City of Des Moines and neighboring suburbs by showing their Drake ID card.

Drake Safe Ride Program
Since the start of the 2015 academic year, Drake has been operating its own evening bus system. The bus runs throughout both the Fall and Spring semesters and is available to all members of the University community free of charge. The bus operates between 24th -34th street from Cottage Grove to College Ave. Every corner is a bus stop for pick-up along with the cut out in front of the Library on University and the Olmsted Lot in front of the Olmsted Center. Students are always able to see where the bus is through a link on the Safe Ride Program section of the Drake Campus Public Safety webpage of the Drake website. The hours of operation are:

Sunday-Wednesday: 8:00 pm - 1:00 am
Thursday - Saturday: 8:00 pm - 2:30 am

Does the institution offer a guaranteed return trip program to regular users of alternative modes of transportation?:

A brief description of the guaranteed return trip program:

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:

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:

Enterprise Rental Cars
Available for hourly or daily rental from the Olmsted Parking Lot.

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:

Drake has three car charging stations for Drake faculty, staff, students, and visitors who drive electric cars to charge their vehicles. These are located in the Opperman parking lot, Olmsted parking lot, and the Science Connector Building/Collier Scripps parking lot.

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:

Does the institution offer a condensed work week option that reduces employee commuting (as a matter of policy or standard practice)?:

A brief description of the condensed work week option:

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:

Drake offers a Drake Neighborhood Home Incentive Purchase Plan. Bankers Trust Company, Neighborhood Finance Corporation (NFC), and Drake University have a partnership to help make employee home purchases and/or moves to Des Moines as simple as possible.

The intent of this plan is to provide an incentive as well as assistance to eligible Drake University employees which may be utilized with other available private financing options to assist in the purchase of an owner-occupied single-family dwelling in an area adjacent to campus. This incentive is available to eligible, full-time employees of Drake University.

The defined area is eligible for the Drake University provided assistance and is as follows: Clark Street to Cottage Grove between 23rd Street and 31st Street. Also included is 2800 Rutland Avenue to 3020 Rutland Avenue. The boundaries include any house directly adjacent to the named boundary.

Drake University will provide maximum assistance of up to $3,500 which may be reimbursed for loan closing fees, such as, abstracting, appraisal, title opinion, credit report or origination fees. Note: IRS regulations require any amounts paid by the University on behalf of an employee be treated as taxable income.

Neighborhood Finance Corporation has several programs which can be combined with the Drake incentive. In addition, Bankers Trust provides incentives such as discounting the origination fees and attractive interest rates to qualifying home purchases.

BANKERS TRUST CAN OFFER: Free pre-approval, up to 100% financing on a first mortgage loan available on certain programs-subject to qualification, low down payment, adjustable Rate products designed for homebuyers not looking for long-term commitments, products with reduced Private mortgage Insurance or no insurance at all, homebuyer education for little or no cost, through our partnership with Citizens for Community Improvement or with NFC.

NEIGHBORHOOD FINANCE CAN OFFER: Low down payment programs including 95% financing fixed-rate mortgages, rehabilitation subsidy, where up to $10,000 may be a forgivable loan for the cost of rehabilitating the property, up to $2,500 available for closing cost assistance (based on program guidelines), and free Homebuyer Education.

DRAKE UNIVERSITY CAN OFFER: Up to $3,500 to be used towards a down payment and/or closing costs for purchases adjacent to the campus.

Does the institution employ other strategies to reduce the impact of commuting (e.g. preferred parking for fuel-efficient vehicles, cash-out of parking programs)?:

A brief description of other strategies to reduce the impact of commuting:

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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