Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.92
Liaison Ilda Hershey
Submission Date May 15, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Oklahoma State University
OP-18: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Ilda Hershey
Sustainability Coordinator
OSU Physical Plant
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Does the institution provide secure bicycle storage (not including office space), shower facilities, and lockers for bicycle commuters?:
No

A brief description of the facilities for bicycle commuters:
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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:

Most bike parking consists of outdoor bike racks but we do have some covered bike racks in three parking garages on campus. Long-term parking is available for students who live on-site.


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?:
Yes

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

We have adopted the concept of complete streets, which is reflected in the OSU Landscape Master Plan. OSU has a continuous network of multi-use paths.


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:

In lieu of a share program, OSU has a very low-cost ($35 per semester) bicycle rental program called OrangeRide. We have found this low-cost rental program to be much more successful than the free bike-share program we formally operated.


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:

The university bus system is available at no cost for students, faculty and staff. The BUS runs throughout campus and makes many stops off campus. Student tuition includes a transit fee, however students do not pay a fare when riding and neither do faculty or staff. The public rides for a nominal fare. We also offer a disability service.


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:

We have a “no strand” policy for our disability riders but it is unofficial for regular riders. We will always get someone home.


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 OSU Parking & Transit Services Office offers a free online matching service that helps people locate others interested in carpooling. When matches are identified, participants are contacted by e-mail of potential carpool participants in their area. Approved carpools receive a parking spot in a preferred parking location.


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:

The university has teamed with Zip Car to provide a car sharing program.


Does the institution have one or more Level 2 or Level 3 electric vehicle recharging stations that are accessible to student and employee commuters?:
Yes

A brief description of the electric vehicle recharging stations:

OSU has several electric vehicle charging stations and makes one of them available to student and employee commuters at a monthly fee of $15. It is a Level 2 charging station and can accommodate up to 100 vehicles per day.


Does the institution offer a telecommuting program for employees as a matter of policy or as standard practice?:
Yes

A brief description of the telecommuting program:

OSU allows for telecommuting based upon the mutual needs of the department and the employee. The procedure for this is known as Alternate Work Location and is published on our public website, http://hr.okstate.edu/sites/default/files/docfiles/Alternate_Work_Location.pdf.


Does the institution offer a condensed work week option that reduces employee commuting (as a matter of policy or standard practice)?:
Yes

A brief description of the condensed work week option:

OSU allows for flexible scheduling to meet the mutual needs of the department and the employee. This procedure is known as the Alternative Work Schedule and is published on our public website, http://hr.okstate.edu/sites/default/files/docfiles/AlternativeWorkSchedulesSupvNotes.pdf. .


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 OrangeRide bicycle rental program and free bus transit system are initiatives that 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)?:
Yes

A brief description of other strategies to reduce the impact of commuting:

We offer a park & ride permit for students to encourage remote parking and use of the transit system. It is half the price of regular student parking. Also,approved carpools receive preferred parking spots.


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