Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.70
Liaison David Gibson
Submission Date March 30, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Hampshire College
OP-18: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Todd Holland
Projects and Operations Manager
Facilities & Grounds
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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:

We have covered bike racks throughout campus, where bikes can be locked. Lockers are available in the Robert Crown Center (RCC) on a first come, first serve basis. Showers are also available at the RCC and the Multisport Center. Faculty, staff, or any student may sign up for a locker at RCC or Multisport on a per-semester basis.

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:

We have covered bike racks on campus, where bikes can be locked, near all residential halls. There are bike racks outside of all non-residential buildings. Indoor bicycle storage is available in some but not all student residences.

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:

Hampshire College has not formally adopted a bicycle/pedestrian policy but our campus planning principles maximize the benefits of our pedestrian and bicycle friendly campus. For example, In 2014, the college eliminated a large traffic circle and parking lot at the center of campus, transforming it into a space for people and creating a green quad of lawns and meadows. The college also ceased mowing a dozen acres of lawns to create more ecologically diverse meadows throughout campus that reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, create wildlife and plant habitats, save on landscaping expenses, and provide learning and research opportunities. Watch a video about this project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXeC5wTXVn8&feature=youtu.be
News story: https://www.hampshire.edu/news/2017/12/01/hampshire-conducts-final-test-for-100-solar-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:

Hampster Wheels is a community bicycle program that takes old donated bikes, fixes them up, and loans them to community members.

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:

Five College students, staff, and faculty (including Hampshire College) ride the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority bus lines between the five colleges and towns of Amherst, Hadley, Northampton, and South Hadley for free during the academic year. This service is funded by the Five Colleges consortium, of which Hampshire is a member.

The Five Colleges consortium pays a a fee to the PVTA for the academic year to run the buses between the five campuses. The campuses pay about 80% of this total (equal shares) and the Student Government Associations pay about 20% for extra service outside of class times for evening and weekend buses.

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:

The Environmental Committee is working with the MA Department of Transportation to promote the "MassRides" program, which is available to all state residents.


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:

Hampshire College's Community Partnerships for Social Change (CPSC) coordinates two vans to make community-based off-campus internships, work-study jobs, and partnership projects more accessible to students, particularly to areas where there is little or no public transportation.

In addition, Hampshire's intranet announcement system is utilized by students, faculty, and staff looking to find rideshares/carpools. For example:
Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 by Pamela Tinto
There will be a van leaving campus on Thursday, March 15th at 11:00am. Please meet in the small parking lot across from the Cultural Center (behind Cole Science) for a 11:00 departure. First Come, first served. The van will take students shopping to stores on Rt 9 in Hadley."

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:

A partnership with ZipCar offers Hampshire students, faculty, and staff discounted membership rates for access to the dedicated group of Zipcars that live on campus.

Number of Zipcars on Hampshire campus: 2

Total number of staff, faculty and alumni that have Zipcar accts:: 558

Number of times Zipcars have been used since Sept 2017: 561 reservations (all users including non-Hampshire people), 227 uses by Hampshire staff, students, faculty and alumni

Number of Zipcar miles driven: 22,305 miles (all users)

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:

Two permanent, dual-station Level 2 charging stations are available for electric vehicle drivers who work and live at Hampshire College, as well as the local community.

The first charging station, installed in 2014, was donated to the College by Nissan. It was installed in the parking lot behind Johnson Library.

A second dual-station charging station was installed in 2017, in another popular campus location, under a MassEVIP Workplace Charging grant. This was in response to requests from the campus community, because the first station was heavily utilized.

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:

In spring 2012, following a feasibility study, a flexible work arrangement policy was set up through the Human Resources office. Employees may officially request flexible work arrangements, with approval and details agreed upon by the supervisor, depending upon departmental needs. Flexible Work Arrangement forms are available on this webpage:


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:

Hampshire College offers a flexible work week (condensed, or telecommute).

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 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:

The locations for the four electric car charging stations were selected to provide prime parking spots in two of the most popular locations.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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