Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 77.55
Liaison Jack Byrne
Submission Date June 9, 2017
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Middlebury College
OP-21: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.75 / 2.00 Jack Byrne
Director of Sustainability Integration
Environmental Affair
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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:
There are two indoor bike racks in the Davis Family Library. Sheltered bike racks are available at the Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest and the Starr Axinn center. Bike racks are also available many other places though not sheltered or indoors. The Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest and the Kitchell House both have shower facilities for occupants. Faculty lockers are available at the athletic center.

Does the institution provide short-term bicycle parking (e.g. racks) within 50 ft (15 m) of all occupied, non-residential buildings and make long-term bicycle storage available within 330 ft (100 m) of all residence halls (if applicable)?:

A brief description of the bicycle parking and storage facilities:
Bike racks are available close to most all residential, classroom/office buildings on campus and most residential halls have indoor bike storage space.

The Middlebury campus is bicycle friendly. Bikes are strongly encouraged as an alternative to cars. Students who bring their own bikes are asked to register them with the Public Safety office so they can be identified in the event that they are lost or stolen and recovered. There is ample outdoor bike rack space, and indoor storage is available during the winter months. We also have a student-run, campus-based bike repair shop with free maintenance and repair classes. Students can apply their repair skills to one of the abandoned bikes the College has collected over the years; once they fix it, it’s theirs!

Does the institution have a “complete streets” or bicycle accommodation policy (or adhere to a local community policy) and/or have a continuous network of dedicated bicycle and pedestrian paths and lanes?:

A brief description of the bicycle/pedestrian policy and/or network:

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

A brief description of the bicycle sharing program:

Is the institution certified as a Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists (U.S.) or under a similar third party certification covering non-motorized transportation?:

A brief description of the certification, including date certified and level:

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 program(s), including availability, participation levels, and specifics about discounts or subsidies offered (including pre-tax options):
Middlebury College students, faculty, and staff can ride for free on the local Addison County Transportation Resources buses. In the winter, the College offers a free shuttle that runs between campus and the College's Snow Bowl. The College also subsidizes the "Link" bus offering transportation to and from Burlington, VT and also offers discounted charter buses to popular locations (such as New York City and Boston) for school holidays. It is also working with the local transportation agency in a study to revise bus routes to better serve the daily needs of students traveling to and from campus.

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

A brief description of the GRT program:
Middlebury College is a member of Go! Vermont which provides a guaranteed ride home to Vermont users.

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:
The College encourages participation in Go! Vermont, a ride share program sponsored by the Vermont Agency of Transportation. Students, faculty, and staff worked closely with the Go Vermont Program to help put in place a more robust and useful ride share software program (ZimRide) used not only by the college and Addison County, but also state of Vermont. The Office of Sustainability Integration is working directly with Go Vermont and Go Addison County to make recommendations for improvements and to ensure that the program is working well for the Middlebury community.

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:
Middlebury participates in ZipCar and has three ZipCars on campus.

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:
Middlebury College has 2 EV charging stations behind the Franklin Environmental Center that are available to students, faculty and staff.

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:
Telecommuting is available to all employees with permission from their supervisor.

Does the institution offer a condensed work week option for employees as a matter of policy or as standard practice?:

A brief description of the condensed work week program:
A condensed work week is available to all employees with permission from their supervisor.

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:
College Housing Loan Program:
The College's second mortgage program is designed to help eligible faculty and administrative staff to purchase or build a home close to campus. The College desires to have its employees become an integral part of the local community. The primary purpose of the program is to attract and retain faculty and administrative staff members at the College, particularly during
economic periods when interest rates and housing costs may prevent or discourage individuals from accepting positions in our area. Furthermore, when employees purchase their own homes, the need for the College to purchase houses in the area is reduced. Home ownership in neighborhoods fosters a stronger sense of community than rental by tenants.

Does the institution have other incentives or programs to encourage more sustainable modes of transportation and reduce the impact of student and employee commuting?:

A brief description of other sustainable transportation initiatives and programs:
The Student Government Association uses funds from a parking fee to provide low-cost bus service from campus to high traffic destinations by students going from and coming back to campus during breaks. The SGA provides inexpensive and convenient bus service to and from:

Burlington International Airport (The airport serves as a transportation hub for major airlines such as Continental, Delta, JetBlue, United and USAir)
Burlington Greyhound Station (The Greyhound station provides bus service to Montreal and Boston four times a day, everyday)
Essex, VT Amtrak Station
Port Henry, NY Amtrak Station
Boston- South Station, Atlantic Avenue side
White Plains, NY- White Plains Metro North Station
New York City- Penn Station

Buses are offered for:
Fall break
Winter break
Feb break
Spring break


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