Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 59.94
Liaison Elaine Goetz
Submission Date Aug. 11, 2021

STARS v2.2

Ohio University
OP-17: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.80 / 1.00 Tia Hysell
Director of Transportation and Parking Services
Transportation & Parking Services
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Does the institution have a bicycle-sharing program or participate in a local bicycle-sharing program?:

A brief description of the bicycle sharing program:

Does the institution participate in a car sharing program?:

A brief description of the car sharing program:

Ohio University partners with Zipcar University to offer car sharing services to faculty, staff and students on the Ohio University campus. The program is a membership-based car rental option which offers a sustainable, efficient, and cost-effective transportation alternative. Members can easily reserve a vehicle on the Zipcar website or by using an app on a smart phone. There are currently 3 vehicles available for rent on the Ohio University campus.

Ohio University Student Senate supports the use of the Ohio University Rideshare Group on Facebook and the use of the GoBus for regional transportation.

Does the institution offer preferential parking or other incentives for fuel efficient vehicles?:

A brief description of the incentives for fuel efficient vehicles:

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:

Ohio University encourages sustainable transportation options and has installed 5 public charging stations and 1 service vehicle charging station throughout campus. Each charging station accommodates two vehicles. Locations are equipped with Levl II rapid charge stations (220V).

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:

Ohio University partners with Athens City Public Transit to offer the Bobcat Pass program which enables faculty/staff and students to ride APT fixed transit routes free of charge utilizing their university ID. APT offers a wide range of routes which covers Athens and surrounding communities and provide hourly transit service to these locations. Employees living within transit service ranges can utilize this free transportation accommodation in lieu of commuting by single occupancy vehicle to campus.

The University's Rebike Program annually sells salvaged bicycles at low cost to faculty, staff and students to encourage commuting to campus by bicycle.

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

A brief description of other programs or initiatives to encourage more sustainable modes of transportation and/or reduce the impact of student and employee commuting:

Ohio University offers a variety of free transportation accommodations to students & faculty/staff to encourage the use of sustainable modes of travel. These programs include:

Daily Campus Shuttles (CATS) which provide fixed routes to assist with moving students & faculty/staff across campus.

Night & Weekend Campus Shuttles (CATS Late Night) - on demand transportation servicing campus and surrounding area - option to reduce students from bringing vehicles to campus by providing alternative transit accommodations for evening and weekend travel needs.

Bobcat Pass Partnership (Athens Public Transit) - fixed transit routes servicing Athens County and surrounding communities.

Go Bus Partnership - regional transit accommodations.

In 2020, Ohio University partnered with shared mobility provider Spin to offer e-scooters to the campus community. E-scooters provide employees and students living and working on campus or within the surrounding community to utilize devices as an alternative form of transit for commuting small distances.

Website URL where information about the institution’s support for sustainable transportation is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data provided by Tia Hysell 3/16/2020. Entered by Sydney Hutchinson on 3/23/2020.

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