Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.59
Liaison Maria Mendes
Submission Date Aug. 4, 2022

STARS v2.2

Red River College Polytechnic
OP-17: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00
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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:

Campus Well Being runs a Bike Share program as part of the College’s commitment to providing healthy, sustainable and convenient transportation options. Four bikes are available to borrow at the Notre Dame Campus. Bikes are free to use for Recreation Services members (membership is free for most staff and students).

https://www.rrc.ca/well-being/recreation/bike-share/


Does the institution participate in a car sharing program?:
Yes

A brief description of the car sharing program:

RRC Polytech has three vehicles that are available for use by College staff. Staff are encouraged to use fleet vehicles when travelling in groups to meetings or events. These vehicles are available for employee use on a first-come, first-served basis for College-related activities through Notre Dame Campus Shipping and Receiving Department.

https://www.rrc.ca/staff/resources/commuting/travel-alternatives/


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

A brief description of the incentives for fuel efficient vehicles:

RRC Polytech currently has seven electronic vehicle (EV) charging stations at the Notre Dame Campus. Three of these charging stations are at the "top of the lot" in the East lot, close to the Skilled Trades and Technology Centre door. Monthly staff and student parking permit holders may use any one of these charging stations at no extra cost. Non permit holders are expected to purchase Casual/Daily parking to use the EV chargers.


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:

All seven of the current EV chargers at the Notre Dame Campus that are publicly accessible are Level 2. There are two level 3 chargers that are for research purposes, EV drivers can register to participate.


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

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:

There are many programs and initiatives that encourage staff and students to use sustainable modes of transportation. Some of them include:

Bike parking:
- We have bike racks available at all campuses. At our Exchange District Campus to increase security, we installed several bike hoops indoors at our Roblin Centre.
- At our Exchange District Campus, we have two secure bike rooms - one in our Paterson GlobalFoods Institute (PGI) building and one in Manitou a bi Bii daziiage, the newly opened in late 2021. These rooms are free to use for staff and students, users must register and are given card swipe access. There are a total of 51 wall-mounted bike racks, including four for fat bikes. In addition, the bike room in Manitou a bi Bii daziigae features showers. https://www.rrc.ca/parking/bike/storage/
- At our Notre Dame Campus, we have 34 bike lockers available to rent for free for staff and students. hese lockers are ideal for regular bike commuters who want a place to lock their bike, bag and helmet in a secure, outdoor storage unit that’s protected from the elements. https://www.rrc.ca/parking/bike/bike-lockers/

Other Bike Infrastructure:
- At both of our Notre Dame Campus and Exchange District Campus, we have installed air and repair stations to allow riders to perform minor maintenance or inflate their tires.
- Showers are available at Recreation Services at both the Notre Dame Campus and Exchange District Campus. Membership is free for most staff and students.

Transit:
- RRC Polytech employees are entitled to a 60% discount on monthly transit fares (known as the EcoPass).
- There are three transit information screens located at our Exchange District Campus and one at our Notre Dame Campus which provide staff and students with real-time status updates on the arrival time of their bus. The screens are located indoors at each campus' key transit arrival/ departure locations so bus riders can stay warm and dry while they wait. https://www.rrc.ca/redgreen/2019/09/25/real-time-transit-comes-to-rrc/

Carpooling:
- We have partnered with GoManitoba, a province-wide commuting platform that matches users with carpool partners (drivers and/or riders) who live and work/ attend campus near them. The system also gives you transit options, walking and cycling routes, and matches users with commuting buddies. Students and staff have the option of matching with everyone on the GoManitoba site, or they can choose to limit their search to College-specific users. https://www.rrc.ca/redgreen/2017/09/25/go-on-rrc-give-gomanitoba-a-try/

Engagement:
We host events throughout the year to promote sustainable transportation. Many of these have been on hold during the pandemic. https://www.rrc.ca/redgreen/news/
- We participate in the annual Commuter Challenge, which encourages staff to get out and get around sustainably for a week (we won gold in our workplace category six times between 2015 and 2021)
- We host a pit stop for bike to work day as part of a network of fun pit stops across the City celebrating cycling
- We regularly host workshops on topics such as bike repair and winter cycling
- We partner with RED Forum, an annual networking and professional development event for RRC Polytech employees to promote sustainable transportation to the event and host a sustainable commuter welcome station to celebrate our sustainable commuters. RED Forum has been virtual during the pandemic.


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