Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 74.49
Liaison Krista Bailey
Submission Date Dec. 17, 2020

STARS v2.2

Pennsylvania State University
OP-17: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Shelley McKeague
Environmental Compliance Specialist
Engineering 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:

Penn State has utilized Zagster since 2017. In 2020, Zagster suspended operations nationwide. The University is in the process of partnering with a new bike-share vendor to continue offering bike sharing at University Park beginning Spring 2021.

Does the institution participate in a car sharing program?:

A brief description of the car sharing program:

Penn State’s Transportation Services partnered with Zimride by Enterprise to offer students an alternative to driving. Effective December 31, 2020, this service is suspended indefinitely.

ZipCar operates a location in State College. Transportation Services is in discussion to have them in place for the Spring 2021.

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

A brief description of the incentives for fuel efficient vehicles:

Priority locations for electric vehicle charging spots are located in the Nittany Deck and the planned West Deck. There are compact car only spots in some of the parking decks. A comprehensive carpool/vanpool incentive program is in development which includes priority parking spots.

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:

The Nittany Parking Deck has EV charging stations and stations are planned for the new West Deck. There is a charging station at the Visitors Center as well as the Penn Stater Hotel. There are also charging stations for University-owned vehicles.

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 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:

Penn State partners with CATA (Centre Area Transportation Authority) on multiple programs. RIDEpass is a Penn State administered program that provides access to all CATABUS routes to eligible faculty and staff for $21 per month. The Loop and Link service provides fare-free campus/downtown circulator and cross-campus shuttle service to the campus and immediate downtown area. All buses and shuttles have bike racks installed on the front for multimodal commuting options. CATA also manages a carpool and vanpool service (CATACOMMUTE) utilized by Penn State staff and faculty. A daily shuttle service is provided for students, faculty and staff between the College of Medicine at Hershey, PA to the University Park campus in Sate College, PA. Penn State is designated a silver level Bike Friendly University by The League of American Bicyclists. Penn State will be opening the Penn State Bike Den (bike co-op) to further encourage bike commuting. The university sponsors free bike safety workshops, light giveaways, and safety events.

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