Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 70.12
Liaison Ciannat Howett
Submission Date July 25, 2017
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Emory University
OP-18: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Kelly Weisinger
Office of Sustainability Initiatives
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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:

There are fourteen on campus shower facilities for bike commuters, with lockers available at several locations, including the Student Activity and Academic Center and the Woodruff P.E. Center. There has been one bike storage facility in a student residence hall, which will be relocated this summer due to a renovation. There are also two bike Fix-It stations located at Woodruff Library and Rollins School of Public Health, along with a bike pump in the 1599 Clifton administrative building. Bike commuters also benefit from a weekly on-campus repair center staffed by a local bike shop and a student-run space to work with students to repair their own bikes.

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:

There are over 183 indoor and outdoor bicycle racks located around the Emory Druid Hills Campus available to commuters. All campus buildings have short-term bicycle parking within 50 ft, with the exception of the Carlos Museum, where the closest bike rack is outside of the adjacent building. Covered storage areas with available lockers are available at numerous locations, including the Student Activity and Academic Center and Dobbs University Center, and indoor bicycle storage is available at the School of Medicine and the 1599 Clifton administrative building. All students are permitted to store their bicycles on bike racks throughout the school year. Students can store their bikes over the summer with Bike Emory in partnership with the neighborhood bike shop, Bike South, who for $45 will service student bikes and store them over the summer term. Long-term storage in one of the residence halls on campus will soon be renovated and replaced this fall.

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:

Emory's Planning, Design, and Construction guidelines include requirements for "complete streets" that consciously support bicycle and pedestrian use. This concept is employed on all streets that Emory controls. Additionally, through advocacy by Bike Emory and others, Dekalb County passed a Complete Streets Policy, which includes all County-controlled streets that Emory is not able to maintain, which are main commuter routes to campus.

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

A brief description of the bicycle sharing program:

One location on campus has bicycles available free of charge for use by students, faculty, and staff. Emory discontinued its comprehensive traditional bike share program in 2013, as this model was not successful on Emory's unique campus. Currently, Emory offers a semester or academic year bike rental program to our students and staff for a small fee. Bikes can be acquired for the summer as well. There are approximately 30 bikes in the program and the bikes sell out typically before the beginning of the fall semester.

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:

Emory provides several mass transit opportunities for students, faculty and staff.
The University provides free transit passes on the city’s MARTA transit system to staff members who sign up for the Employee Transit Subsidy Program (Transcard). This program is available to all full and part-time employees of Emory University who work at least 20 hours per week. All participants in the Transcard program give up their parking passes as a stipulation of participation in this free transit card program.

Emory also runs the “Cliff” shuttle system, serving some 46,000 faculty, staff, healthcare and student riders and removing more than 3 million trips from Atlanta area roads per year. The “Cliff” shuttle system is 100% alternatively fueled and is free for all passengers. Most of the shuttles are equipped with bicycle racks (33/40) and all are fully accessible. Service extends through Emory's main campus, hospital and clinics, Emory University Hospital Midtown, Grady Hospital, Emory Executive Park, downtown Decatur, and the Clifton Corridor. The Cliff system includes three Park-n-Ride shuttles for students and employees. Commuters can park for free at these locations and ride to the Emory main campus.

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:

Emory University employees who are registered alternative commuters are eligible for the Guaranteed Ride Home Program offered through the Georgia Commute Options program. Qualified registered participants are eligible for 5 guaranteed ride homes for emergencies and required overtime.

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:

Emory utilizes the Georgia Commute Options ride matching service to find convenient carpool matches for individuals interested in Carpool and Vanpool matching. Emory offers a vanpool program through Vride. Vanpools and carpools receive reduced fee and reserved parking in Emory parking decks. Emory also offers the Zimride ride share platform to faculty, staff and students.

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:

Emory University participates in the Enterprise car share program, with numerous Enterprise car share locations on campus. In addition to individual users, including faculty, staff, and students, Emory Departments can register for Enterprise car share through their departmental accounts. Emory also offers the Zimride ride share platform to faculty, staff and students.

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:

Emory currently offers 2 Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations installed at Clairmont Tower on Clairmont Campus, thanks to funding from the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) matched Transportation and Parking Services and Residence Life, and an additional 4 EV charging station at Peavine II parking deck. Recently, 2 EV charging stations were install on Oxford's campus in the Fleming parking lot. http://transportation.emory.edu/parking/EV_charging.html

The Office of Sustainability Initiatives and Transportation and Parking Services have been working on strategies to address requests for EV charging. Emory’s energy and carbon emissions reduction goals make it important to avoid additional uses of electricity on campus. Reducing electricity use is critically important at Emory because most of the power from our utility, Georgia Power, has been primarily from fossil fuels, the largest sources of greenhouse gas pollution in the U.S. Therefore, Emory is interested in solar-powered charging stations in order to avoid the negative impacts of increased electricity use that would come from EV charging. The costs of these systems is prohibitively expensive at this point. Over the past year, the fuel mix from Georgia Power has changed significantly, and Emory is now installing a limited number of non-renewable EV charging with separate metering that allows us to track and subtract EV charging from our campus electricity use.

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:

Emory offers telecommuting to eligible employees, as determined in coordination between the management and the employee(s), under Emory’s Alternative Work Arrangement Principles (AWA).

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:

Emory offers a compressed workweek to eligible employees, as determined in coordination between the management and the employee(s), under Emory’s Alternative Work Arrangement Principles (AWA).

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:

The Faculty-in-Residence Program offer the opportunity for four regular, full-time faculty members to live at Clairmont Campus and engage with Emory students through ongoing programs and interactions. Faculty In Residence (FIRs) are selected through an application process and offer a program series based on topics that enrich the residential experience. Field trips, speakers, and open discussions provide opportunities for FIRs to live and learn with students.

Emory University also sponsors an off-campus housing website to assist students, faculty, and staff with finding housing near Emory.

Emory provided a ground lease for a mixed-use retail and residential site adjacent to campus to provide additional local housing. The property provides housing within walking distance to people who work in the Emory area and to Emory students.

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:

Carpool: 2 person employee carpools receive a subsidized parking permit. Carpools with 3+ participants receive a free parking permit. TPS provides a limited number of reserved spaces available on a first come, first served basis to 2+ person carpools. Vanpools are provided with a free reserved parking space. All employees registered in a commute alternative program (public transit, carpool, vanpool, bike, walk/drop off) receive an occasional parking permit with 20 free daily parks.

Emory also participates in the state-wide incentive program administered by the Georgia Commute Options. Information can be found at http://gacommuteoptions.com/.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data reported for 2015-2016 fiscal year.

Bike Emory Website: http://bike.emory.edu/

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