Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 48.64
Liaison Michelle Gibbs
Submission Date May 2, 2017
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STARS v2.0

Hope College
OP-21: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.88 / 2.00 Greg Maybury
Director of Operations, Chief Sustainability Officer
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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:

Shower facilities and lockers are available at the Dow Gymnasium and the Devos Fieldhouse. Indoor bike storage is at the discretion of individual offices and space availability. All residence halls are equipped showers and rooms for locking personal belongings as well as indoor bike storage rooms, which student residents can access. All buildings are equipped with outdoor bike racks.

In the summer of 2016 a bike station was installed on campus and is available for community members as well. https://hope.edu/news/2016/campus-life/bicycle-aid-station-at-hope-provides-resource-for-entire-community.html

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:

Bicycle racks outside non-residential facilities and bicycle storage rooms inside residence halls.

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:

In 2011 the City of Holland passed a resolution to adopt a "Complete Streets" Policy.
Hope College follows all City policies and works with the City on further development of such policies. Information about the resolution and biking in Holland and on campus can be found at: http://www.cityofholland.com/bikeholland/maps-resources

A copy of a print-able and fold-able map can be found at: http://www.cityofholland.com/sites/default/files/fileattachments/folded_bike_map_info_2.pdf
Starting in the summer of 2017 all students that register their bikes receive a copy of the map.

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

A brief description of the bicycle sharing program:

While we do not currently have a program, there are planning meetings happening to create one. The City of Holland is coordinating a program to come on-line in the near future. Hope College participates in the meetings and students, staff, and faculty were included in the brainstorming survey.

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):

The Hope College Transportation Department offers a free evening campus shuttle that runs from 6pm-12am on weekdays and 6pm-2am on weekends. This service is free for all Hope College students, faculty, and staff. The shuttle completes a loop around the campus every 10 minutes, pausing at 10 pre-determined stops along the way. Many students utilize this service, with participation levels increasing later in the evenings.

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:

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:

We offer preferential parking at the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts.

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:

We have a shared motor pool available for faculty/staff transportation. Students are eligible to apply to be in the car sharing program as well.

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 - one station is at our Haworth Inn and Conference Center and one station is in a general parking lot.

There are 16 other stations located throughout the City of Holland as well.

All 18 EV chargers are free to 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:

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:

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:

A stable core-city neighborhood is vital to the mission of Hope College and to the Holland Community. The "Walk to Work Program" has been established to combat neighborhood deterioration, to improve the quality of life for members of the community and to serve as a catalyst for further efforts to improve core city neighborhoods. The "Walk to Work Program" provides financial incentives for Hope College and Creative Dining Services employees desiring to live in the targeted neighborhoods surrounding the College.

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:

During the summer of 2017, the Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute is a partner in a "Bike Holland" Series which promotes usage of the new bike lanes. The rides are scheduled May-August and are a fun way to get people comfortable commuting by bike around town.

The series is featured on our campus calendar and was also promoted through email, new employee training, and campus intranet.

For more information visit:

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

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