Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 76.00
Liaison Ciannat Howett
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

Emory University
OP-17: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Kelly Weisinger
Office of Sustainability Initiatives
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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:
Bike Emory, our on-campus bike rental program, has an arrangement with local retailer Atlanta Pro Bikes to provide rental bikes for Emory faculty, staff, and students. 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.
Website: http://transportation.emory.edu/commute/bikewalk/bike.html

Does the institution participate in a car sharing program?:

A brief description of the car sharing program:
During the reporting years, Emory University participated 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. Enterprise recently canceled the program (June 2020) and Emory is looking into new options.

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

A brief description of the incentives for fuel efficient vehicles:
Emory offers preferential parking spaces on campus for fuel efficient vehicles. Electric cars have four designated spots in the Peavine parking lot. Alternatively fueled vehicles have 13 reserved spots, 7 on Michael Street, 3 in Peavine lot, and 3 in the Starvine 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:
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. There is also one CPE250 Fast Charge electric vehicle charging station powered by ChargePoint located in front of our bookstore.
Website: 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 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.
Website: https://offcampushousing.emory.edu/

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 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:
2+ person employee carpools receive a subsidized 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 in the case of poor weather or other circumstances. http://transportation.emory.edu/commute/index.html

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

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

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
Data reported for 2017, 2018, and 2019 fiscal years.

Data reported for 2017, 2018, and 2019 fiscal years.

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