Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 42.88
Liaison Jim Simon
Submission Date June 28, 2017
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Gonzaga University
OP-21: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Jim Simon
Director of Sustainability
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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:

The Rudolf Fitness Center is on the south side of campus is situated along the Centennial Trail, a major bike commuting path which stretches 26 miles west and 36 miles to the east. It is available to all employee bicycle commuters. Inside the Rudolf Fitness Center there is a locker room, showers, and adjacent bike lockers to keep bikes dry and snow free. Bike lockers are available to commuters throughout campus.

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)?:

A brief description of the bicycle parking and storage facilities:

The bike racks on campus are numerous and often full during the first few months of each year and again once the spring thaw has begun. Many students live in the neighborhood situated to the north of campus (Logan Neighborhood) which allows many students and a few employees short bike commuting distances.

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?:

A brief description of the bicycle/pedestrian policy and/or network:

The City of Spokane recently adopted a complete streets ordinance, and the university supports adding additional infrastructure along all major border to increase active transportation over single occupancy vehicle commuting.

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

A brief description of the bicycle sharing program:

Our Green Bike Program is an opportunity for students to rent a commuter bike for a semester or the whole school year to get to and from campus or to work. Green Bikes are donated bikes repaired in our shop and spray painted Green. With each bike we include a U-Lock and a helmet as well as free repairs in our shop. We conduct a lottery at the beginning of each semester as we typically have more applicants than bikes.

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?:

A brief description of the certification, including date certified and level:

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 program(s), including availability, participation levels, and specifics about discounts or subsidies offered (including pre-tax options):

GSBA provides shuttles to and from the Spokane Airport during major breaks and holidays. Tickets are sold to help offset the cost, all tickets are one way and are $4.

GSBA also provides free shuttles to downtown Spokane each Friday and Saturday.
Shuttles operate between 6pm and 2am on Friday nights, and 6pm to 12 midnight on Saturday nights. All shuttles run between DeSmet circle and the River Park Square Mall every 30 minutes, or as they fill.

All employees have access to a complimentary bus pass as part of the STA UTAP program. All students now have access to a complimentary bus pass each academic year.

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

A brief description of the GRT program:

Those that use commute alternatives are eligible for the GRT program at Gonzaga.

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:

GU participates in Spokane Country's commute trip reduction program. This provides faculty and staff with more opportunities for carpools, public transit and vanpools than they would otherwise have, and does things like charge a premium for parking for SOV (single occupancy vehicles) in order to discourage people from driving by themselves.

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:

Gonzaga offers car sharing with Zipcar; a cost-effective and environmentally-conscious option for occasional drivers. Gonzaga University students, faculty and staff age 18 and older can join Zipcar for a $25 annual fee and will receive $35 in driving credit. Members of the Spokane community and visitors to campus are also eligible for Zipcar membership and benefits. There are five cars on campus as of 2014.

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:

A Chargepoint station is located near Crosby House, adjacent to one of the larger employee parking lots. It's free for the first four hours, and then $3/hour thereafter.

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:

The policy and procedure manual approved by the board of trustees and managed by Human Resources states that telecommuting is acceptable and is available with supervisor permission.

Does the institution offer a condensed work week option for employees as a matter of policy or as standard practice?:

A brief description of the condensed work week program:

Compressed work weeks such as working four ten hour days is allowed and encouraged in the HR policy manual for supervisors. However, such schedules are at the discretion of the supervisor.

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 incentives or programs to encourage more sustainable modes of transportation and reduce the impact of student and employee commuting?:

A brief description of other sustainable transportation initiatives and programs:

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