Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 48.56
Liaison Jay Meldrum
Submission Date July 8, 2020
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STARS v2.1

Michigan Technological University
OP-18: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 Jay Meldrum
Executive Director of Sustainability
Facilities Management
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Does the institution provide secure bicycle storage (not including office space), shower facilities, and lockers for bicycle commuters?:
Yes

A brief description of the facilities for bicycle commuters:

Storage: Bike racks, dedicated bike parking areas, storage in residence halls: https://www.mtu.edu/bike/campus/
Showers: Multiple locations around campus: https://www.mtu.edu/bike/resources/
Lockers: Multiple location around campus: https://www.mtu.edu/bike/resources/


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:

The MTU Grounds crew puts metal bike racks out in the Spring, and moves the bike racks to storage in late Fall. These are outdoor bike racks located around most of the campus. Grounds then stores any bikes that are left on the racks after take down time. Also campus residents have the opportunity to store their bikes in residence halls storage over the winter.


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?:
Yes

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

MTU supports safe biking through education of bicyclists, drivers, and pedestrians. In cooperation with other university groups and local communities, we provide printed maps, information, and bike headlights and taillights free at special events throughout the year. MTU also adheres to the State of Michigan pedestrian and bicycle safety tips: https://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,7-127-1585_50413-258663--,00.html
https://www.mtu.edu/bike/safety/


Does the institution have a bicycle-sharing program or participate in a local bicycle-sharing program?:
No

A brief description of the bicycle sharing program:
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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:

Transportation Services partners with the City of Houghton to provide free shuttle service on campus for all students, faculty, and staff. The shuttle services the Memorial Union Building (MUB), Student Development Complex (SDC), and upper and lower Daniell Heights.
https://www.mtu.edu/transportation/options/shuttle/


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?:
Yes

A brief description of the car sharing program:

Michigan Tech partners with Zipcar to bring self-service, on-demand car sharing to campus. Register as a member, reserve a car online or by phone, use your Zipcard to enter the car, and drive away. When done with the vehicle, the car is returned to a reserved Zipcar parking space: in Lot 15W at the front of Wadsworth Hall; or in the visitor section of lower Daniell Heights.

Zipcar members get:
24-hour access to Zipcars.
Discounted hourly rates for faculty, staff, and students age 18 and older: rates start at $7.50/hour or $69/day.
Gas, insurance, and maintenance are included at no charge.
https://www.mtu.edu/transportation/rentals/zipcar/


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:
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Does the institution offer a telecommuting program for employees as a matter of policy or as standard practice?:
No

A brief description of the telecommuting program:
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Does the institution offer a condensed work week option that reduces employee commuting (as a matter of policy or standard practice)?:
No

A brief description of the condensed work week option:
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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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