Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 78.69
Liaison Lindsey Kalkbrenner
Submission Date Feb. 14, 2023

STARS v2.2

Santa Clara University
OP-17: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.80 / 1.00 Leah Nakasaki-Peterson
Assistant Director, Parking & Transportation Services
Parking & Transportation 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:

Does the institution participate in a car sharing program?:

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

A brief description of the incentives for fuel efficient vehicles:

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 18 charging stations with 36 charging ports. 2 of those ports are Level 1, and the remaining 34 ports are Level 2. 16 of the charging stations are available to the public (34 ports total). For non-permit holders, prices are $2 per hour for the first 4 hours and $3 per hour after 5 hours of charging. Permit holders (students, faculty, and staff) receive reduced charging rates.


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:

The high cost of housing in the local area poses a challenge for Santa Clara University in its efforts to recruit and retain highly qualified faculty. Recognizing the importance of affordable housing, the University has established two housing assistance programs for qualified 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-stream faculty and for renewable term faculty. The program provides monthly rent support and periodically adjusts the level of rent support based on changes in the local housing market.

The purchase assistance program is intended to enhance the affordability of a single-family residence in the local area for tenured and tenure-track faculty. The program provides assistance with the mortgage and closing costs associated with the purchase of a primary personal residence. The program is available to eligible tenured and tenure-track faculty.


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:

SCU is very fortunate to be located directly across the street from the Santa Clara CalTrain/VTA Transit Station. There is excellent bus and rail service to the area, including a free shuttle to the airport that leaves every 15 minutes. Additionally, benefits-eligible employees may enroll in a flexible spending account (FSA) to cover transit passes and payments for transportation in a commuter highway vehicle.

SCU encourages carpooling by offering free parking passes for carpools which are vehicles that arrive on campus with 2 or more persons.

Dero Zap is a campus bicycle commuter program to encourage University employees to commute to campus in a more sustainable manner. For each day that a commuter rides their bike, they will receive a point. These points are then redeemable by the commuter for parking in the future. Transportation Services recently installed four Dero Zap Bike Fixit stations around campus.

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

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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