Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 70.14
Liaison Lindsey Kalkbrenner
Submission Date May 3, 2014
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Santa Clara University
OP-21: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.88 / 2.00 Leah Nakasaki-Peterson
Assistant Director, Parking & Transportation Services
Parking & Transportation Services
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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:

In addition to multiple bike racks located throughout campus, there are two enclosed bike-storage areas (in our main parking lot facility and in the Engineering quad). Locker room facilities including showers and lockers/storage areas are located in the Malley Fitness Center building. The University also has three bike repair stations, each with tools and a tire pump.

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:

Bicycle racks are located outside every campus building.

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:

SCU's bicycle accommodation policy is generous, allowing cyclists to use all continuous pathways throughout campus and providing for their safety through a strict automobile traffic plan. Our inter-modal transportation node is the Santa Clara VTA station, located adjacent to the campus.

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):

Transit passes for the ACE train, Caltrain, and VTA are on sale at Transportation Services at a discounted rate of 25% off the regular ticket value. The discounted rate will apply to any ticket purchased for the use of a Santa Clara University regular staff or faculty member.

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:

All SCU community members can use Zimride, a private ride-sharing network to arrange carpools. SCU also has its own registered Carpool Program, which issues the carpool vehicle a daily parking pass to be coupled with the Carpool sticker.

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:

Zipcar, the world's largest 24/7 car-sharing service, provides Santa Clara University students, faculty and staff with a convenient and eco-friendly way to get around – whether it’s running errands, driving around campus or taking a road trip.

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:

SCU currently has 11 E.V. chargers, with 6 of those available for the public at $1/hour. For students/faculty/staff with parking permits, there is no charge. For reduced-rate permits, they pay the public rate.

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:

Santa Clara University considers telecommuting to be a viable work option in certain circumstances which, when properly implemented and administered, benefits both the University and the telecommuter. The University defines telecommuting as the substitution of telecommunication technologies, including, but not limited to, telephones, facsimile machines, computers, electronic mail, and modems for travel to the University’s offices. A telecommuter is an employee who works for the University from a home, or other remote office, for some part of the regularly scheduled workweek.

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:

Condensed work weeks for full-time staff are not common at Santa Clara University. Employee supervisors have the ability to approve flexible schedules at their discretion.

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:

Recognizing the importance of affordable housing, the University has established two housing assistance programs for tenure-track faculty: a rental assistance program and a purchase assistance program.

The rental assistance program is intended to ease the transition into the local housing market for tenure-track faculty during their probationary period and for newly hired tenured faculty during the first year of their appointment. The program provides monthly rent support based on the local housing market and makes university-owned rental units available.

The purchase assistance program is intended to enhance the affordability of a single family residence in the local area; it provides assistance with the down payment and closing costs associated with the purchase of a primary personal residence.

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:

Derozap is a campus bicycle commuter program to encourage individuals that work and attend the University to commute to campus in a more sustainable manner. For each day that a commuter rides their bike he/she will receive a point. These points are then redeemable by the commuter for parking in the future.

The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable transportation program(s) is available:

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