Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 79.39
Liaison Yolanda Cieters
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

Seattle University
OP-17: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.40 / 1.00 Yolanda Cieters
Associate Director
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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:

At this time, the university does not have or participate in a bicycle-sharing program. In Seattle, there are numerous bicycle-sharing programs that campus community members may participate in if they wish.

Does the institution participate in a car sharing program?:

A brief description of the car sharing program:

The university manages an internal fleet of 6 passenger vans which are provided for use to the campus community at a reduced cost to support the university’s educational, athletic and club activities. In addition to these vehicles, the university coordinates at cost the rental of passenger vehicles/vans and busses from outside agencies, for these same purposes when the demand (or passenger capacity) exceeds our own fleet vehicles.

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:

The university has three level 2 electric vehicle recharging stations. With a valid university parking permit, the electric vehicle chargers may be used at no additional fee.

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:

1. The university offers a few incentives to students and employees who are registered bicyclists. These benefits include a secure commuter bike storage and access to shower and locker space. There are 2 secured bike storage areas for commuters, there are showers and lockers in the Student Center and Fitness Center.

2. Employees and students who enroll in carpool establish a carpool leader for the group who is the primary driver for the carpool and pay a reduced rate for their carpool parking permit. If a member of the carpool group needs to drive to campus they may do so approximately 1 day per week and have a limited number of $1 per day permits they may purchase to park their car.

3. The university offers subsidized transit passes. Benefits eligible employees pay $12.54 a month for a university subsidized Transit Pass that includes: bus and train travel across multiple counties, and an emergency taxi ride home if needed. Employee walk-on passenger ferry passes are an additional monthly cost. Included in the monthly cost of the employee Transit Pass are 15 complimentary virtual parking permits per quarter.

4. Students have subsidized Transit Pass options available through the university. Seattle University has partnered with King County Metro's ORCA LIFT program. Seattle University also offers subsidized Non-Lift Cards for purchase.

5. A limited number of daily ORCA bus passes for students are available for check out at the Student Center (Hub Desk). Daily ORCA passes are meant for short-term transportation needs and to reduce the environmental impact of a student's trip in the Seattle area. https://www.seattleu.edu/student-outreach/resource-spaces/redhawk-resource-hub-desk/

6. The university offers a guaranteed ride home program to regular users of alternative modes of transportation. The university pays for a taxi ride or Lyft ride home in case of an emergency for employees who do not take their car to work - these employees are typically Orca Transit pass users, or are of part of a carpool, vanshare, or vanpool.

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