Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 57.55
Liaison Michelle Larkins
Submission Date Dec. 20, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Pacific University
OP-18: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Michelle Larkins
Director of the CSS
Center for a Sustainable Society
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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:

Secure indoor and outdoor bicycle parking are provided on campus. "Commuter" shower and dressing facilities are also available. "Bike Station," is a private company providing secure indoor parking, showers and lockers at the Inter-modal Transit Facility (ITF) adjacent to the Health Professions Campus.


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:

We have secured bike stations in which students can lock their bikes.


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 adhere to the local community guidelines.


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

A brief description of the bicycle sharing program:

Anyone in the University community who wants wheels for a quick ride across campus or across town can become a member of the Afree Bike Association. With your free registration you will receive the combination to all Association locks around campus. Unlock the bike, use the bike, and relock the bike to a Afree sanctioned rack.It is that simple! Afree Bike are Kona one-size-fits-all frames with one speed gear set-ups.These bikes were chosen for the simple fact that they are "Africa Tough." In addition to their burliness, our purchase of "Africa One" bikes from Kona supports healthcare workers in remote villages. For every two we buy, one is sent to Africa.


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 subsidizes Tri-Met passes for faculty and graduate students.

The university contracts with a shuttle service to the airport for the reduced rate of only $7; "If you plan on catching a shuttle to the airport after finals, please check the shuttle schedule posted outside the PIC and Mailroom. Shuttle tickets to PDX may be purchased at the PIC for $7.00. Questions email kleinsk@pacificu.edu."


Does the institution offer a guaranteed return trip program to regular users of alternative modes of transportation?:
No

A brief description of the guaranteed return trip program:
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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:

Carpool and rideshare opportunities are available to students by checking the Rider Board adjacent to
the main reception desk in Burlingham Hall or signing up for the campuswide listserve at: bhh@lists.pacificu.edu.


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:

Zip Car


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:

We have three charging stations for electric vehicles


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:

From the handbook: A.6, Work At Home:
"Working at home may be possible in some areas of the university. Working at home or telecommuting is an alternative work arrangement agreed upon between the staff member and the supervisor, subject to approval of the department head and the area vice-president. It is a business arrangement and not a benefit or entitlement.
In evaluating a work-at-home proposal the needs of the university must take first priority. Positions should be evaluated based on such factors as type of customer service provided, types of tasks performed, task interdependence and the operational needs of the department. Performance criteria to be considered in determining whether or not a telecommuting arrangement is appropriate include, but are not limited to, expertise in job; conscientiousness about work time and productivity; ability to work well alone for long stretches of time; technological skills; limited need for feedback; willingness to ask for feedback if necessary; self-motivation; ability to set priorities and deadlines; ability to adapt to changing routines. A home environment conducive to a work-at-home arrangement is also an important factor.
Telecommuting can be an informal, short-time arrangement such as working on a short-term project, during inclement weather or emergency closures. All informal work-at-home arrangements are made on a case by case basis, focusing on the needs of the university first.
Formal telecommuting arrangements are initiated by the staff member giving a written proposal to their immediate supervisor detailing the proposed arrangement and how that schedule will meet the requirements of their job description, the impact on the department and the quality of customer service provided. The proposal should also describe how the staff member’s home is conducive to a work-at-home arrangement.
The staff member’s supervisor will evaluate the proposal based on the factors listed in this policy above. The department head approves the arrangement and arranges for sign-off by the area vice-president.
If approved, a written agreement will be prepared in conjunction with Human Resources.
The work-at home arrangement may be withdrawn at any time, if in the supervisor’s view; it is no longer in the best interest of the university to continue."


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:

From the handbook: A.5, Alternative/Flexible Work Schedules:
Alternative work scheduling is available to assist qualified employees in meeting their personal work performance goals and family/personal needs. Alternative Work Schedules are discretionary and subject to the approval of the supervisor considering such factors as productivity, accountability, customer service, departmental operational needs, task interdependence and employment laws. Departments with individuals using flexible scheduling must maintain or increase their service levels to their customers.
Flexible scheduling can be an informal, short-time arrangement during inclement weather or emergency closures or a formal long term employment agreement.
Possible flexible scheduling arrangements may include variations in beginning and ending times, staggered work schedules or a compressed workweek (working the same number of hours in fewer days).
Employees requesting a long term alternative work schedule should give a written proposal to their immediate supervisor detailing the adjusted schedule and how that schedule will meet the needs of the department.
The immediate supervisor should contact Human Resources before approving a request in order to determine compliance with state and federal wage and hour laws and any impact on benefits and pay. Once approved the supervisor should notify Human Resources of the scheduling change. It is recommended that an alternative schedule first be implemented on a trial basis to evaluate the impact on the department.
The agreement to flex a schedule may be withdrawn at any time or for any reason, if in the view of the supervisor it is no longer in the best interest of the University to continue the arrangement. All flexible scheduling arrangements must be budget neutral."


Does the institution have incentives or programs to encourage employees to live close to campus?:
No

A brief description of the incentives or programs to encourage employees to live close to campus:
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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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