Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 72.90
Liaison Kathleen Crawford
Submission Date July 23, 2020

STARS v2.2

Florida Gulf Coast University
OP-17: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Kathleen Crawford
Sustainability Coordinator
Environmental Health & Safety
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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:

The Pedal Power Bike program is a bike share system in place to decrease traffic congestion, limit carbon emissions and encourage health and physical exercise at FGCU and the surrounding community. Bike Sharing is practiced all over the country in many different settings and the Pedal Power program is FGCU’s commitment to incorporate these initiatives into campus life. The program allows students to check out a bike and helmet free of charge for up to a week.

Campus Recreation manages the program. During the 2018-19 academic year, we had 15 bikes available for borrowing, and 310 total loans.

Does the institution participate in a car sharing program?:

A brief description of the car sharing program:

Zipcar Car Sharing Hourly Car Rental
FGCU hosted two Zipcar rental cars on campus that could be rented by the hour or by the day, allowing our students access to vehicles without the financial burden of car ownership. An independent study by the University of California, Berkley, has shown that each Zipcar replaces 13 personal vehicles, which translates to 26 fewer vehicles needed on our campus.

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

A brief description of the incentives for fuel efficient vehicles:

LEED PARKING DECAL- Energy Efficient and Low Emitting Vehicles

To promote the use of low emitting and fuel efficient vehicles, preferred parking is provided at certain locations. The preferred parking spaces are restricted for use by vehicles that have been registered with Parking Services and issued a FGCU LEED parking decal. You may check the link below to determine if your vehicle qualifies. To register a qualified vehicle you must contact Parking Services to set up an appointment to have your vehicle inspected to ensure that it qualifies.

Current location of LEED Preferred Parking Spaces (LEED decal required):
South Housing lot and Garage B.
There are no available Faculty/Staff LEED parking spaces. Faculty/Staff with LEED qualifying vehicles may obtain an annual/reserved parking permit at a discounted price.


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:

FGCU has a total of 12 electric vehicle charging parking spots thanks to a donation by Florida Power & Light (FPL). There are 6 spots in Parking Garage #1 and 6 in Parking Garage #2. Currently it is being run as a free service. The chargers are universal, compatible with all electric cars, as well as plug-in hybrids. Drivers utilize https://www.chargepoint.com/ to gain access to the charging stations.

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:

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:

Parking passes are slightly discounted for employees using fuel-efficient vehicles. http://www.fgcu.edu/Parking/decalfees.html

FGCU also encourages carpooling. We have been using WeCar for students going home for breaks. With the recent announcement of WeCar going out of business we are shifting to an internal ride matching program. We use FDOT's Commute Connector to promote ride-sharing for daily commuters.

We also promote two coach services, RedCoach and OurBus, that pick up and drop off on campus for direct transportation around the state of Florida.

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

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