Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 76.63
Liaison Karen Oberer
Submission Date Dec. 11, 2020

STARS v2.2

McGill University
OP-17: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00
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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:

Macdonald Campus has a sixteen bicycles available for loan. Those interested in taking out a bike need simply present themselves to Macdonald Campus Security with their McGill ID card. Maximum loan time is 3 hours. The bicycles are available from spring until November 1 (season may be extended if weather permits).
https://mcgill.ca/transport/cycling/self-serve-bikes-mac

Moreover, McGill staff, faculty and students are offered a 15% discount for annual membership to the municipal bicycle sharing service, BIXI.
https://mcgill.ca/transport/cycling/bixi


Does the institution participate in a car sharing program?:
No

A brief description of the car sharing program:
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Does the institution offer preferential parking or other incentives for fuel efficient vehicles?:
Yes

A brief description of the incentives for fuel efficient vehicles:

McGill construction standards require that any new or renovated parking areas designate 5% of spaces as preferred parking for green vehichles, and that 2% of all new parking spaces be equipped with Type 2 electrical charging stations.

Source: https://www.mcgill.ca/buildings/files/buildings/9._landscape_0.pdf


Does the institution have one or more Level 2 or Level 3 electric vehicle recharging stations that are accessible to student and employee commuters?:
Yes

A brief description of the electric vehicle recharging stations:

There are 6 electric vehicle charging stations located on the downtown campus, the Macdonald campus, and the Gault Reserve.

They are located in the Bronfman (two Level 2 charging stations) and McIntyre garages downtown and at the Macdonald and Gault campuses. McGill construction standards require that any new or renovated parking areas designate 5% of spaces as preferred parking for green vehichles, and that 2% of all new parking spaces be equipped with Type 2 electrical charging stations.

Sources: https://www.mcgill.ca/buildings/files/buildings/9._landscape_0.pdf
https://www.mcgill.ca/travelservices/tips/sustainable-travel/transportation-tips


Does the institution have incentives or programs to encourage employees to live close to campus?:
Yes

A brief description of the incentives or programs to encourage employees to live close to campus:

Macdonald Campus Housing has houses of various sizes close to campus (the furthest being approximately 3 km away) that can accommodate employees and their families. Only full-time McGill employees may apply to live in these residences.


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?:
Yes

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 lower area of downtown Campus was made a car-free zone in 2008. Vehicle circulation on the Lower Campus is limited to emergency, delivery, service and certain construction vehicles, as well as those used by persons with disabilities or limited mobility. Emergency vehicles are permitted at all times.

In January 2020, McGill instituted FWA (Flexible Work Arrangements) as a pilot program intended to contribute to the development of a flexible work culture in support of employee well-being. The program includes both flextime and work-from-home. "Flextime" refers to an employee having a daily work schedule other than the regular standard scheduled workday. The employee opts for alternative start and end times but the total daily and weekly hours worked remain in accordance with the standard workweek. The work-from-home program allows an employee to work from home one day per week. FWA is intended to reduce or shift the time of commutes to avoid traffic congestion and to play a role in lessening greenhouse gas emissions.
https://www.mcgill.ca/hr/flexibility

McGill students are also eligible for a reduced fare on Montreal's public transportation system, the Société de transport de Montréal (STM). Currently (as of July 2020), students pay 40% less for the monthly fare card. Note that all students in Montreal are eligible for this reduced fare.
https://www.mcgill.ca/student-records/personal-information/opus

McGill Travel Services has a section on of its website devoted to Sustainable Travel. The site offers guidance on booking sustainable travel and accommmodation.
https://www.mcgill.ca/travelservices/tips/sustainable-travel


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