Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.87
Liaison Lindsay Batchelor
Submission Date Jan. 5, 2016
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STARS v2.0

North Carolina State University
OP-21: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Tracy Dixon
Sustainability Director
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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:

A number of ancillary facilities support biking and walking at NC State, including nearly 500 bicycle rack installations throughout campus. The University’s bike parking program installs approximately 15 bike racks per year at locations throughout campus. Many bike parking areas are covered to allow for better shelter in poor weather conditions, and NC State coordinated its first bike locker installation and rental program with Triangle Transit (the regional transit authority). Clothing lockers are available for rent in some newer buildings and showers are available in a few campus buildings for employee and/or student use.

Please see map for bicycle facilities and locations: http://www2.acs.ncsu.edu/trans/maps/map-bicycle-facilities.pdf

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:

Please see map for bicycle facilities and locations: http://www2.acs.ncsu.edu/trans/maps/map-bicycle-facilities.pdf

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:

While NCSU does not have a campus specific complete streets policy, it does follow NCDOT's Complete Streets 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 WolfWheels bike-rental program offers a unique, innovative approach to sustainable transportation at NC State. All students, faculty, and staff with a valid campus ID are able to rent bicycles on a daily or weekly basis.

WolfWheels was developed by a team of students and staff in a collaborative effort to become a more health conscious and sustainable campus. The concept has become increasingly popular for campuses and communities across the US. At NC State, the WolfWheels program provides a healthy environmentally-conscious transportation option through a rental system provided by the University Recreation department.

The program allows renters to obtain bicycles and participate maintenance clinics and workshops provided by Outdoor Adventures. Users are encouraged to participate at various levels throughout the program.

Students have a leadership role in this program, helping to maintain, rent and organize the bicycles.

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:

NCSU has been designated as Bronze Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists for 2012-2015.

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):

NCSU offers the GoPass program to students, faculty, and staff. A GoPass is a free or reduced annual transit pass that allows NCSU affliates to ride GoRaleigh (local transit) and GoTriangle (regional transit) buses to commute to campus, get to the airport, etc.The GoPass is free for students, and $60 per year for faculty and staff.

Wolfline is NC State's bus service which is tailored to student class schedules, but also serves the general public fare-free. Wolfline buses operate every day classes are in session, serving all three campuses, two park & ride lots, official NC State housing and privately-owned apartment complexes.

Passenger boardings on the Wolfline bus system in 2013 were over 3 million.

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:

All NCSU employees who use an alternative mode for their commute to campus are eligible for GoTriangle's FREE emergency ride home program (ERH). Emergency Ride Home also known as ERH provides commuters who regularly carpool, vanpool, bike, walk or use transit with a reliable ride home for emergencies. ERH is available when you or a family member gets sick or has a severe crisis when your carpool or vanpool has to leave early or stay late, or when you must work unscheduled overtime. To qualify for ERH, you must be a part-time or full-time employee and must work or live in Durham, Orange, or Wake Counties; Have shared a ride, taken a bus, biked or walked to work, on the day that the ride is needed.

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:

Carpooling options are available to students, faculty and staff. The benefits of carpooling include cost savings on parking permits (Student and employee carpool members split the cost of a parking permit.); improved parking options (Employees and students are able to park in prime parking lots and decks.); and free daily parking permits for individuals who need to drive separately (Employees receive 24 free permits per year, and students receive 8 per year). Vanpooling options are also available for faculty and staff. Vanpoolers each receive a $20 per month subsidy. Vans park for free on campus, and each participant receives 24 free daily permits per year.

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:

ZipCar is an international car-share program that allows members to have 24/7 access to shared vehicles at a low, all-inclusive hourly or daily rate which includes the cost of gas, insurance and mileage. The ZipCar program at NC State was launched in conjunction with Meredith College, providing a community-wide option with three campus locations at NCSU and two locations at Meredith. NCSU students, faculty and staff who are 18+ years of age can enroll as Zipcar members and check out cars by the hour or daily, for up to four consecutive days.

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:

NCSU has 18 electric vehicle charging stations. They are available to students, faculty, and staff with a valid NCSU parking permit. There are two charging stations available to visitors as well. Please see this map for more information: http://www2.acs.ncsu.edu/trans/maps/map-charging-stations.pdf

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:

With supervisor's approval, duties of some positions can be performed off site, and employees are able to arrange to work from home or another off site location. Once telework schedules are approved by a departmental supervisor and Human Resources, employees can decide how many days per week or month they'd like to work from home. Telecommuters can also work with the Office of Information Technology to access email and files remotely and/or receive a deparmental laptop or mobile device.

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:

With supervisor's approval, some employees may work a flexible schedule by adjusting daily work hours or working four 10-hour days per week.

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 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:

NCSU has a Transportation Demand Management Program called WolfTrails that oversees all sustainable transportation programs on campus. WolfTrails provides commuter incentives for those that bike, walk, take transit, carpool, vanpool, or telework. Incentives include the GoPass and reduced parking options for carpoolers, vanpoolers, and bike, walk, and transit commuters who need to drive to campus occassionally.

The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable transportation program(s) is available:

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