Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 57.65
Liaison Michelle Seppala Gibbs
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

Hope College
OP-17: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Michelle Gibbs
Office of Sustainability
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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:

While we do not currently have a program, there a have been a number of planning meetings happening to create one. The City of Holland has hopes to coordinate a program in the future. Hope College participates in the meetings and students, staff, and faculty were included in the brainstorming survey that went out community wide as well as to students, faculty, and staff.

Does the institution participate in a car sharing program?:

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.

Did you know we have internal Ride Exchange and Marketplace services designated only for students, faculty and staff of Hope College? You can find links to these anytime in the “Resources” menu on inHope.

Ride Exchange is a website on our campus Intranet for the Hope Community to share rides to home, the airport or elsewhere. If you need a ride, start by looking in the Can Give a Ride category for someone who is available. If there is no ride posted, submit a new post by clicking the Submit link at the top of the page and filling out the form.
This is now being recommended more frequently for travel events like holiday break, long weekends, study abroad planning, and May-July Term Courses when students/faculty/ may be flying and they can share rides to the airport.

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

A brief description of the incentives for fuel efficient vehicles:

As part of LEED certification for the Jack Miller Building we installed signs for two front row parking spots: 1) Fuel Efficient Vehicle 2) Carpool Parking.

We also have two electric vehicle charging stations on campus near two different buildings. Both have spaces with signage for EV parking only and they are in the front row of the parking lot. Both chargers are accessible from two parking spots.

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 staff/faculty parking lot near the middle of campus. Both of these are free charging.

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

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 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:

Starting in the summer of 2017 (and continuing through this upcoming 2020), the Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute is a partner in a "Bike Holland" Series which promotes usage of the new bike lanes installed throughout the City. The rides are scheduled monthly in the evenings and are a fun way to get people comfortable commuting by bike around town. These rides are open to faculty, staff, students, and community members.

The series is featured on our campus calendar and was also promoted through email, social media channels, new employee training, campus intranet, and the local Holland Sentinel Newspaper.
For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/bikehollandmi/

Hope is also a participant in the annual Green Commute Week and hosts a "Hope Green Team." http://www.the-macc.org/green-commute/

The bus and train station are less than a mile from campus and these forms of transportation is encouraged as well.

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