Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 48.30
Liaison Laura Hamstra
Submission Date Feb. 9, 2017
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STARS v2.0

Durham College
OP-21: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.63 / 2.00 Ross Carnwith
Manager, Ancillary Services
Facilities & Ancillary
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Does the institution provide secure bicycle storage (not including office space), shower facilities, and lockers for bicycle commuters?:
Yes

A brief description of the facilities for bicycle commuters:

Bike racks are located across campus.
Shower facilities are in the campus recreation and wellness center.
Lockers are located throughout DC and UOIT and bikes can be securely stored in main residence through a student driven bike share program


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)?:
Yes

A brief description of the bicycle parking and storage facilities:

Bike racks can be found across campus and there are showering facilities in the Campus Flex centre.

Bikes can also be stored inside the residence buildings, in the basements, for students who wish.


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?:
No

A brief description of the bicycle/pedestrian policy and/or network:
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Does the institution have a bicycle-sharing program or participate in a local bicycle-sharing program?:
Yes

A brief description of the bicycle sharing program:

CyclOn: organization consists of bike enthusiasts who intend to advocate for the use of bicycles to reduce carbonfootprint and encourage outdoor activities which will promote healthy living.
This will be great for holiday and weekend usage for people living on campus and off campus.

The club has 5 bicycles at the moment. The bikes are given to students who sign up for the program. They are responsible for the bikes and can keep them as long as they want. When they no longer need the bike, they return it to the school, and it will be given to a new student.


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?:
No

A brief description of the certification, including date certified and level:
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Does the institution offer free or reduced price transit passes and/or operate a free campus shuttle for commuters?:
Yes

A brief description of the mass transit program(s), including availability, participation levels, and specifics about discounts or subsidies offered (including pre-tax options):

The U-Pass for all full-time students at Durham College, UOIT and Trent (Oshawa) allows unlimited free transit seven days a week on all conventional DRT and GO Bus service for travel in the Region of Durham. The full-time student U-Pass fee is paid with full-time student fees. The U-Pass is valid for transit from September 1 until May 31 each school year. The U-Pass is valid for services other than transit as indicated on the back of the pass.

The student photo ID card with a bus icon provides proof of a valid fare when boarding DRT and GO Bus.Only full-time students qualify for free transit with a current U-Pass within Durham Region. Holographic hexagon bus icon appears on eligible student passes only.

The U-Pass was approved September, 2006 by the student body and the Student Association’s general referendum.


Does the institution offer a guaranteed return trip (GRT) program to regular users of alternative modes of transportation?:
No

A brief description of the GRT program:

Because Durham College is a participating Smart Commute workplace, employees are eligible for Emergency Ride Home (ERH) reimbursement. If they have an unforeseen emergency on any day they use a sustainable method to commute to work, they can request reimbursement of up to $75 for their emergency transportation costs. They must retain all emergency transportation receipt(s)


Does the institution participate in a car/vanpool or ride sharing program and/or offer reduced parking fees or preferential parking for car/vanpoolers?:
Yes

A brief description of the carpool/vanpool program:

30 designated carpool spots are located at the Oshawa and Whitby Campuses. Cost sharing incentives are offered to program users.


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?:
Yes

A brief description of the car sharing program:

up until early 2016, we had a student car share program on site. The program shut down and we are currently investigating a viable alternative through Smart Commute/Metrolinx partnership.


Does the institution have one or more Level 2 or Level 3 electric vehicle recharging stations that are accessible to student and employee commuters?:
Yes

A brief description of the electric vehicle recharging stations:

Durham College is one of several partners that participated in the Durham Strategic Energy Alliance’s (DSEA) Electric Vehicle (EV) To Grid program. The program, which launched in November 2011, involved the installation of seven EV charging stations throughout Durham Region, including one at both the Oshawa and Whitby campuses. The DSEA plans to evaluate the impact of several different EVs, including DC’s 2012 Chevrolet Volt, on the smart grid throughout Durham Region. The stations are ChargePoint Level 2 stations. Durham College has one at our main Oshawa campus as well as one at our Whitby campus. They are free for students/staff to use.


Does the institution offer a telecommuting program for employees as a matter of policy or as standard practice?:
No

A brief description of the telecommuting program:

N/A


Does the institution offer a condensed work week option for employees as a matter of policy or as standard practice?:
No

A brief description of the condensed work week program:

N/A


Does the institution have incentives or programs to encourage employees to live close to campus?:
No

A brief description of the incentives or programs to encourage employees to live close to campus:

N/A


Does the institution have other incentives or programs to encourage more sustainable modes of transportation and reduce the impact of student and employee commuting?:
Yes

A brief description of other sustainable transportation initiatives and programs:

The Sustainability Office is a Silver level workplace champion for the Regional Smart Commute program and hosts various challenges and opportunities for winning prizes during Smart Commute campaigns - bike to work week, carpool week, etc.


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

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