Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 76.57
Liaison Katie Koscielak
Submission Date April 11, 2023

STARS v2.2

Cal Poly Humboldt
OP-17: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Morgan King
Sustainability & Waste Coordinator
Facilities Management
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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:

Cal Poly Humboldt partners with the City of Arcata and Tandem Mobility to host the Humboldt Bikeshare program. There are two bikeshare stations located on the Cal Poly Humboldt campus, with additional stations planned for new housing to be built in the coming years. Students pay $20/yr for an annual membership, or $1.50/30 minutes. See program details at https://www.tandem-mobility.com/humboldt.

Does the institution participate in a car sharing program?:

A brief description of the car sharing program:

Cal Poly Humboldt partners with Zipcar to provide five vehicles on campus, available on demand 24/7, that can be reserved by the hour or day. For more information on the program, go to https://parking.humboldt.edu/zipcar.

Details of Zipcar membership include:

You have to be 18+ years-old
Rates start at just $5.50/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:

Cal Poly Humboldt 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 kiosk between the hours of 7am and 11am, show their General or Staff parking permit and receive a Carpool Preferential Parking Permit for the day.

These Preferential Permits allow drivers to park in designated Carpool Parking Spaces in the G11 parking lot. For more information on the program go to https://parking.humboldt.edu/carpooling

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:

Cal Poly Humboldt hosts 10 stalls for EV charging in the G12 general parking lot (level 2) and one stall for EV charging (Level 2) at the Schatz Energy Research Center. For more information go to https://parking.humboldt.edu/electric-vehicle-charging. A valid Cal Poly Humboldt parking permit is required, and parking in charging spaces is valid for a maximum of four hours.

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:

Cal Poly Humboldt has an Off-Campus Housing Coordinator (https://housing.humboldt.edu/resident-resources/off-campus), who provides services for students, faculty and staff that includes housing close to campus and accessible by bicycle, walking or transit. For faculty and staff this includes 1) attending property viewings on their behalf (for example if a new employee has not yet moved to the area); 2) connecting employees with listing resources (e.g., "executive" rental listings where the property owners prefer to rent to faculty and staff over students); and 3) showing properties, helping navigate financing options, and assisting with purchase offers and contracts for employees seeking to purchase a home (the Off-Campus Housing Coordinator is a licensed realtor with access to the county MLS).

Staff and faculty are encouraged to live close enough to campus to utilize transit, walking and bicycling, and active transportation incentives help enforce this effort.

Staff and faculty can enroll in the JackPass program, which grants unlimited access to Humboldt County transit systems for only $60 a semester (a savings of $140 per semester compared to purchasing a transit pass). For more information, go to https://parking.humboldt.edu/bus-riding.

Bicycle commuters can access showers on campus. For example, the Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSS) building, a LEED Gold building, was built with showers co-located with first floor restrooms for bike commuters.

Faculty and staff bicycle commuters can also access the Bicycle Learning Center at no cost for assistance with bike maintenance needs and mechanical support.

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:

1. Jackpass Program- users gain access to local transit systems for unlimited uses by swiping their Cal Poly Humboldt ID card. Students gain access to this service at no additional cost; Staff, faculty, and Extended Education participants are 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 $60 per student to Los Angeles and $40 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. Current faculty and staff can utilize the Cal Poly Humboldt Ride Match Service to connect with others living nearby who are interested in sharing a ride to/from campus. To participate, faculty and staff complete the Ride Match Service Interest Form, and the Ride Match Coordinator emails them with details for connecting with nearby ride matches. They can either request rides, offer to drive, or both, and they decide which of the matches they wish to connect with. For more information, go to https://facilitymgmt.humboldt.edu/sustainability-alternative-transportation
4. The Sustainable Transportation Committee. In Spring 2022 Cal Poly Humboldt President Tom Jackson and the University Senate authorized the establishment of the Sustainable Transportation Committee (STC). Its purpose is to assist the university in identifying and prioritizing opportunities to improve - and to reduce barriers to - the use of pedestrian, bicycling, transit and other non-single occupancy vehicle commute modes. For more information on this committee, go to https://facilitymgmt.humboldt.edu/sustainable-transportation-committee

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