Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 72.07
Liaison Katie Koscielak
Submission Date May 7, 2020

STARS v2.2

Cal Poly Humboldt
OP-17: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Katie Koscielak
Sustainability Analyst
Facilities Mgmt
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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:

Bike share is a convenient, cheap and fun transportation option for getting around campus and town. Leave your car at home and use a Zagster bike for your short trips. With Zagster bike share, there are no hassles with parking!

HSU’s Zagster bike stations are located at Harry Griffith Hall and Jolly Giant Commons. Bikes are reserved with the Zagster app and can be returned to any station, including the four stations planned for downtown Arcata. Bikes come with a basket and built-in lock that allows riders to secure bikes mid-trip.

Annual membership for HSU students, faculty and staff is $20. This option gives you the first hour for FREE each time you reserve a bike and only costs $2 per additional hour. You can also sign up as an hourly member and pay $2 per hour, up to $30 per ride.

For more information and to download the app, go to https://bike.zagster.com/arcata/

Does the institution participate in a car sharing program?:

A brief description of the car sharing program:

Students, staff, and faculty at Humboldt State have wheels when they want them with Zipcar’s car-sharing program. Humboldt State has partnered with Zipcar to have five cars on campus available on demand 24/7 that can be reserved by the hour or day. Join today and you can be driving in no time.

Zipcar is car sharing, an alternative to car rental and car ownership that gives users the freedom to take a car when they want it, and put it back when they're done. This helps folks avoid the hassles and expenses of owning a car and finding parking on campus, thereby using other sustainability commuting options to get to campus or having the ability to leave personal vehicles at home completely for on-campus residents.

Details of Zipcar membership include:

You have to be 18+ years-old
Rates start at just $8/hr or $66/day
Every trip includes gas, insurance and 180 free miles
International driver’s licenses are accepted

Some departments may pay for membership on behalf of their staff and faculty.
Find out more at zipcar.com/humboldtstate

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

A brief description of the incentives for fuel efficient vehicles:

HSU offers preferential parking for participants that save fuel by carpooling. Each day participants have 3 or more people in their car (2 if that is the car's maximum capacity), they may stop by the drive-up window at the Parking & Commuter Services office on Rossow St between the hours of 7am and 11am, show their HSU General or Staff parking permit and receive a Carpool Preferential Parking Permit for the day.

These Preferential Permits allow folks to park in designated Carpool Parking Spaces in the G11 parking lot.

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:

HSU hosts 1 electric vehicle parking station located next to the Schatz Energy Research Center’s “West Wing” addition. To charge at Schatz:

● The Schatz Energy Research Center is located on the south side of campus, across from the Behavioral & Social Sciences building. To access the charging station, take the driveway between the G14 and G15 lots (see map) and park on the south side of the Schatz Center.
● The Schatz station can provide charging for either of two adjacent parking spaces. One parking space is EV-only; parking here is limited to four hours, and the vehicle must be charging while parked. The second space is ADA parking (EV not required). HSU parking permits are required for both spaces and can be purchased from the kiosk in the G15 lot.
● This first charging station was installed with funding support from HSU’s Office of Research, Economic & Community Development and will serve as a pilot for the campus. Initial station rules are based on policies from California State Universities with similar parking needs and constraints. After Parking and Commuter Services has data on HSU usage patterns, a formal EV charging station policy will be created. Additional stations will be installed as parking lots undergo routine renovation.

Read more at http://now.humboldt.edu/news/electric-vehicle-charging-available-at-hsu/

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:

The institution hosts three additional programs that encourage sustainable modes of transportation:
1. HSU Jackpass Program- Stakeholders using the Jackpass program gain access to transit for unlimited uses by swiping their HSU ID card. Students gain access to their service at no additional cost; their membership is including as a low fee with tuition and is significantly subsidized by Parking & Commuter Services. Staff, faculty, and Extended Education participants are also granted the same level of access for $60 semester.
-Users gain access to the Redwood Transit System (RTS) buses, which serve the Route 101 corridor from Trinidad to Scotia, including Valley East and Valley West in Arcata, the Eureka Transit System (ETS) buses which serve the city of Eureka and Arcata & Mad River Transit System (A&MRTS) which serves the Arcata area, and Willow Creek/Arcata Route which is operated by Humboldt Transit Authority and travels between the communities of Arcata and Willow Creek.
-During the summer session, there is a small fee of $45 for staff, faculty, and students not enrolled in the summer session.
-If you are a student enrolled in at least one summer class, the cost for the summer session is only $30.
2. Homeward Bound Bus Program- The Homeward Bound Bus Charter Program provides students with discounted round-trip transportation from Arcata directly to San Francisco or Los Angeles. Service is offered for Fall Break, Winter Break, and Spring Break. Fees are $115 per student to Los Angeles and $95 per student to San Francisco. This allows students to leave their cars at home and practice sustainable commuting because they can feel secure in their ability to get home during breaks using the Homeward Bound program. Read more at https://parking.humboldt.edu/homeward-bound-program
3. Zimride Program- Zimride is a private, ride-sharing network that connects users to others who want to make the same trip. Users may advertise a ride and recruit additional riders, or post trips that they need rides for. It allows folks to connect/coordinate for carpooling easily and securely because it is only available to HSU stakeholders.

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