Overall Rating Reporter
Overall Score
Liaison Nancy Apple
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2019
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Mount Holyoke College
OP-18: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter Nancy Apple
Director
Environmental Health & Safety
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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:

All of the residence halls on campus have indoor bike racks available. Exterior bike racks are available throughout the campus. For commuters, showers are available at Kendall Gym and the Science Center.


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:

All of the residence halls on campus have indoor bike racks for short and long term storage available. Non-residential buildings have racks near the building.


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?:
No

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

not applicable


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:

A free bus service connects the Five Colleges and local communities, which are within a 12-mile radius and allows students to travel to Hampshire Mall. UMass Transit provides bus and van service between Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, Hampshire College, Amherst College and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Additionally the College runs shuttles to the Holyoke Mall and Big Y.


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

A brief description of the guaranteed return trip program:

The College participates in the MassRIDES NuRide program. Membership is free to all community members and it provides Emergency Ride Home services.


Does the institution participate in a car/vanpool or ride sharing program and/or offer reduced parking fees or preferential parking for car/vanpoolers?:
Yes

A brief description of the carpool/vanpool program:

The College participates in the MassRIDES NuRides program which includes carpooling. Membership is free to all community members.

During the academic year the College provides shuttles for off-campus community services five days a week, 6 trips a day. The College provides shuttles to local mall/grocery store two days a week, two trips a day, and to the local drug store two days a week, 6 trips a day.


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:

Mount Holyoke College participates in Zipcar with 3 cars 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?:
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:

not applicable


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:

not applicable


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:

The College rents a number of apartments and houses within walking distance to the College to tenure-track and visiting members of the faculty, new faculty who arrive with tenure, and certain administrative personnel.The College also offers to faculty a shared appreciation mortgage (SAM) for homes in South Hadley.


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