Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 61.29
Liaison Bonnie Dong
Submission Date Aug. 31, 2018
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STARS v2.1

MacEwan University
OP-18: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.60 / 2.00 Kris Bruckmann
Director, Retail & Hospitality Operations
Retail and Campus Services
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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:

MacEwan has 54 external bike racks and 85 internal bike racks, a non-lockable bike cage (parkade of building 10) and showers/lockers available for all staff members in the University Service Centre (building 10) and in Roundhouse (building 11); students are allowed to use Sports and Wellness Facility to shower. Bike storage, lockers and showers are centrally located/co-located.

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)?:

A brief description of the bicycle parking and storage facilities:

54 external bike racks and 85 internal bike racks; only short-term parking available

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?:

A brief description of the bicycle and pedestrian plan or policy:

MacEwan has a Transportation Master Plan that is released every ten years and reviewed on an annual basis. The plan outlines current conditions (roadway development, transit, parking, etc.). With regards pedestrian and bicycle accomodation, the plan sets goals and stratgies for future developments (see pg. 47-53), such as:
- the limitation of automobile traffic on campus
- the promotion of transit use by faculty, staff, students and visitors
- the development of a safe pedestrian environment
- bicycle accommodation strategies including the provision of secure bicycle parking facilities
- collaboration with the City of Edmonton to identify the completion of a multi-use trail either through the campus or immediately adjacent to the campus (53)

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

A brief description of the bicycle sharing program:

A pool of hybrid electric bikes available for student resident community for no cost (3 on site, 1 off site), started June 2018; One hybrid bike is available to Roundhouse members and staff working in Roundhouse (May 2018)

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 programs:

All MacEwan University employees can participate in the ETS@Work program, which provides up to a 24 per cent discount on the adult monthly Edmonton transit pass. The regular price for a transit pass is $89 and is discounted to $67.80 for the participants of the ETS@Work program. Approximately 8.4% of employees are accessing the program.

The Students' Association of MacEwan University (SAMU), in partnership with Edmonton Transit, Strathcona County and St. Albert Transit, offers students a discounted public transit U-Pass. All students studying on at MacEwan University pay $147.50 each semester for their U-Pass. This is a mandatory fee and all students are encouraged to take advantage of this privilege.
The U-Pass program launched in Fall 2008.

Does the institution offer a guaranteed return trip program to regular users of alternative modes of transportation?:

A brief description of the guaranteed return trip 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:

- 10 Carpool stalls located in the Robbins Parkade for staff.
- 6 Carpool stalls located in the West Parkade for staff.

Wheeli Car Pooling is offered to students: www.macewan.ca/transportation

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:

Car sharing available through Pogo for staff and students by the minute, hour and day; 12 cars on-site; discounts are available during certain times (New Student Orientation)

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:

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:

As standard practice, all MacEwan University employees are able to access most of the services they may require (including Blackboard, GroupWise, and many PeopleSoft tasks) remotely.

All staff and faculty have a virtual private network (VPN) account enabled for them to use, thus allowing their home computer or off-site laptop to connect to MacEwan University network resources through a secure, encrypted tunnel. Tasks that would require VPN access to work off-campus include:
- updating faculty web pages through secure FTP
- accessing the full application of PeopleSoft, to complete approvals for example
- accessing the GroupWise desktop client

Additionally, MacEwan University employees are able to arrange work from home agreements on a case-by-case basis. Employees working from home are provided with the necessary equipment to complete their work remotely.

Section 20.2 of the collective agreement addresses working from home and off campus work requirements. This section states: This section applies to employees who work at home or at an off-campus work location (e.g. Recruiters). Decisions to approve requests to work from home will be made by the OOS Manager based on consideration of the nature of the work, the employee skill and capacity, supervision requirements, and providing fair and equal opportunity for employees in the work unit. All responsibilities and performance expectations will apply.
20.2.2 It is expected that the employee be available for work during normal business hours. However, the employee has the flexibility to structure the seven (7) hours of work within a daily 24 hour period provided that the employee receives prior approval from their OOS Manager. From time to time employees with work at home arrangements will be required to work on site due to operational requirements.
20.2.3 Working from home agreements will be jointly developed with the OOS Manager, Human Resources, and the MSA.
20.2.4 Arrangements to work at home will be in writing and will outline the following provisions:
• Requirements to be on-site to meet operational needs.
• An employee will not be entitled to shift differential except when directed by
the University to work during hours that qualify for shift differential.
• An employee will not be entitled to overtime payment except when directed
by the University to work in excess of the normal hours of work as defined in
Article 18.
• The University may visit the home office for business and inspection
purposes; however, the employee will receive twenty-four (24) hours of
notice or such shorter period as mandated by law in advance of such visits.
Such visits will occur during normal business hours of the administrative
offices of the University, except in cases of emergency.
• The employee will report all absences from work to their immediate OOS
Manager or designate.
• It is understood that dependent care provisions will be in place during hours
of work.
• Dates will be specified for review of each agreement, at least annually.
20.2.5 Occasional arrangements to work at home may occur without a formal agreement and with mutual agreement with the OOS Manager and may occur on an infrequent basis to meet either operational or employee needs.

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

A brief description of the condensed work week option:

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 employ other strategies to reduce the impact of commuting (e.g. preferred parking for fuel-efficient vehicles, cash-out of parking programs)?:

A brief description of other strategies to reduce the impact of commuting:

Offer a free do-it-yourself bike repair station on campus

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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