Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.48
Liaison Nico Strabac
Submission Date Jan. 22, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Mohawk College
OP-18: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Kayla LaChance
Sustainability Programs and Services Coordinator
Sustainability Office
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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:

Mohawk College is home to a 48-spot secure bike parking facility. This facility is available to all Mohawk staff and students who cycle to campus. The David Bradley Athletics Recreation Centre has shower facilities for bicycle commuters to use.

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:

Mohawk College has short-term bike racks located in 6 different locations on campus along with the 48-spot secured bike facility located at the main entrance of the college. A web-resource a map showing the location of bicycle racks and all alternate transportation options on campus:

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:

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

A brief description of the bicycle sharing program:

The College offers free bike loans to staff and students from our main campus, Fennell. We have 13 bikes ready for rental. In 2016 most of the bikes were used from March - November. The climate in our region and infrastructure in the City isn't the most conducive to winter cycling which limits the practicality during those times of the year.

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 full-time students pay a termly fee to enroll in the Universal Bus Pass program, which allows them unlimited use of local transit in the City of Hamilton. Students can also receive stickers to travel on regional transit at a discounted rate.

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:

Throught the Smart Commute program, students and employees have access to an Emergency Ride home program. Emergency Ride Home provides commuters at Smart Commute workplaces with reimbursement for transportation used during unplanned events and emergencies. Emergency Ride Home is like an insurance policy for sustainable commuting; it gives commuters peace of mind when they choose carpooling, vanpooling, public transit, cycling and walking. Commuters who use a sustainable mode of travel to commute are eligible to have their emergency travel costs reimbursed up to $75.00. https://smartcommute.ca/more-options/emergency-ride-home/emergency-ride-home-frequently-asked-questions/

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:

Mohawk promotes carpool matching for students and employees through Smart Commute Hamilton's CarpoolZone.ca tool. This program is promoted throughout each term, during region-wide events (Carpool Week, Smart Commute Week), and through internal sites. Mohawk College also promotes carpooling and ride-sharing through the app "Pop-a-ride" where students can post rides to and from campus outside of the Hamilton.

Mohawk College also allows for 4 license plates to be registered with one parking pass. One one of the cars can be one campus at the same time but students can share parking permits and take turns driving to campus.

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:

Mohawk College has partnered with ZipCar. There are two ZipCars on campus that students can rent and access 24/7. This programs helps reduce the number of vehicles on the road and parking demand 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:

Mohawk College has eight (8) Chargepoint Level 2 dual EV charging stations. At the main Fennell campus, there are 12 spots placed through the parking lot and 4 spots at our satellite campus in Stoney Creek. Preferred parking is provided for these spots.

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:

All Mohawk employees have the opportunity to telecommute. Telecommuting practices are determined between the employee and the manager.

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:

A Compressed Work Week Agreement is an agreement between the College, the Union, and the staff member, which allows the parties to implement more flexible hours of work. Staff may request a compressed work week and such requests may be
granted, provided that the College and the Union approve such requests.

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:

Mohawk College offers free charging and preferred parking on campus for students or employees with Electric Vehicles.

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

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