|Overall Rating||Silver - expired|
|Liaison||Karen Eckert, Ph.D.|
|Submission Date||Nov. 30, 2015|
OP-21: Support for Sustainable Transportation
|1.13 / 2.00||
Professor and Director
Center for Sustainability
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:
The college has a 100% resident student population and secure bike storage is available in 100% of student housing. Similarly, showers are available in 100% of student housing.
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:
There are bike racks in front of all entrances to residential and academic buildings. Bicycles, as well as skate/long boards can be stored in residential dorms (free of charge) during academic breaks.
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:
All campus buildings are connected by paved walking/biking paths. All campus buildings offer bike racks at the front entrance. Skate- and long-boards are also welcome and widely used.
Does the institution have a bicycle-sharing program or participate in a local bicycle-sharing program?:
A brief description of the bicycle sharing program:
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:
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):
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:
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:
Principia operates a college campus in Illinois and a K-12 School in St Louis, MO. Cross-cutting staff (e.g., IT, Finance, Admissions) carpool in hybrid sedans provided by Principia. These vehicles are used daily and are NOT subject to parking fees. Private faculty/staff and student vehicles are subject to $10 and $100 annual parking fees, respectively.
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:
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 campus does, however, have Level 1 plug-in stations sufficient to serve all e-vehicles routinely parked on campus - plus any guests or visitors.
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:
Selected staff members telecommute from home for some portion of the work week.
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:
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:
Rental Housing program consists of 40 houses and 29 apartments for faculty and staff and non-traditional students. This provides a substantial benefit since there is very limited housing close to the campus and the nearest towns are about 15 miles away. Most Rental Housing tenants are able to walk or bike to work. The rents are below market rates. (If our rates are below 80% of market value, then the tenants would have to be taxed for receiving a "benefit" - so an appraiser helps us every three years with a market analysis.) We have in-house crews for maintenance and repairs.
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:
The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable transportation program(s) is available:
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