Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 37.54
Liaison Krista Bailey
Submission Date Dec. 17, 2020
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STARS v2.1

Indiana University South Bend
OP-18: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 Krista Bailey
Director: Center for a Sustainable Future
Sustainability Studies
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Does the institution provide secure bicycle storage (not including office space), shower facilities, and lockers for bicycle commuters?:
No

A brief description of the facilities for bicycle commuters:
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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)?:
Yes

A brief description of the bicycle parking and storage facilities:

There are bicycle racks for short and long term bicycle parking at all occupied building. However we do not have long-term bicycle storage.


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?:
No

A brief description of the bicycle and pedestrian plan or policy:
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Does the institution have a bicycle-sharing program or participate in a local bicycle-sharing program?:
Yes

A brief description of the bicycle sharing program:

IU South Bend Campus participates in a local bicycle sharing program. The city of South Bend started a partnership with Lime Bikes in Summer, 2017 that ran through the Fall, 2019.

The Lime Bikes program ended after disputes about e-mobility devices, and a new bike share program is slated to begin.


Does the institution offer free or reduced price transit passes and/or operate a free campus shuttle for commuters?:
Yes

A brief description of the mass transit programs:

Beginning August 6, 2018, IU South Bend students, faculty, and staff can ride South Bend Public Transportation Corporation (Transpo) buses to and from campus for free. The program is an effort to increase access to a college education at IU South Bend by helping with the transportation needs that some people face in South Bend and Mishawaka. IU South Bend students, faculty and staff can ride free of charge when they show their valid university identification card when boarding any of Transpo's fixed route buses. Bus service is available Monday through Saturday with 20 routes serving the cities of South Bend and Mishawaka.


Does the institution offer a guaranteed return trip program to regular users of alternative modes of transportation?:
No

A brief description of the guaranteed return trip program:
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Does the institution participate in a car/vanpool or ride sharing program and/or offer reduced parking fees or preferential parking for car/vanpoolers?:
No

A brief description of the carpool/vanpool program:
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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?:
No

A brief description of the car sharing program:
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Does the institution have one or more Level 2 or Level 3 electric vehicle recharging stations that are accessible to student and employee commuters?:
No

A brief description of the electric vehicle recharging stations:

IU South Bend redid our guest parking lots that have been wired for EV Recharging Stations. We are waiting grant money to install EV Recharging Stations in the guest parking lots.


Does the institution offer a telecommuting program for employees as a matter of policy or as standard practice?:
Yes

A brief description of the telecommuting program:

IU South Bend polices allow for alternative work arrangements in which Staff employees work full time, but in different configurations of hours. Such arrangements are not only acceptable, but a potentially positive way to meet the childcare, family care, and other personal needs of employees while still permitting departments to operate in an efficient manner. In addition, departments that experience limitations of physical space or equipment may find this type of scheduling to their advantage.


Does the institution offer a condensed work week option that reduces employee commuting (as a matter of policy or standard practice)?:
Yes

A brief description of the condensed work week option:

IU South Bend polices allow for alternative work arrangements in which Staff employees work full time, but in different configurations of hours. Such arrangements are not only acceptable, but a potentially positive way to meet the childcare, family care, and other personal needs of employees while still permitting departments to operate in an efficient manner. In addition, departments that experience limitations of physical space or equipment may find this type of scheduling to their advantage.

Alternate work schedule- Employees work hours different from the standard scheduled hours of the operating unit such as a condensed work week (e.g., four, ten-hour days) on a fixed, regular basis.


Does the institution have incentives or programs to encourage employees to live close to campus?:
No

A brief description of the incentives or programs to encourage employees to live close to campus:
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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)?:
No

A brief description of other strategies to reduce the impact of commuting:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data for this credit was retrieved from the Director of the Center for a Sustainable Future.

The data relating to Telecommuting and Condensed Work Week Programs was retrieved from IU South Bend Policies (Alternative Work Schedules) webpage: https://policies.iu.edu/policies/hr-06-10-alternative-work-schedules/index.html

The data relating to Telecommuting and Condensed Work Week Programs was retrieved from IU South Bend Policies (Alternative Work Schedules) webpage: https://policies.iu.edu/policies/hr-06-10-alternative-work-schedules/index.html

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