Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 73.90
Liaison Connie Norton
Submission Date Oct. 5, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Simon Fraser University
OP-18: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 David Agosti
Manager, Parking Services
Parking 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:

SFU offers secure bicycle storage at all three of its campuses. On Burnaby Campus, these are located under cover and adjacent to shower facilities in various places across campus. There is a secure bike lock up on SFU's Surrey Campus.

Does the institution provide short-term bicycle parking for all occupied buildings and makes long-term bicycle storage available for students who live on-site (if applicable)?:

A brief description of the bicycle parking and storage facilities:
Does the institution have a bicycle and pedestrian plan or policy (or adhere to a local community plan/policy) that sets standards and practices for campus streets to enable safe access for all users?:

A brief description of the bicycle and pedestrian plan or policy:

Does the institution have a bicycle-sharing program or participate in a local bicycle-sharing program?:

A brief description of the bicycle sharing program:

SFU offers discounted membership in BikeSharing program (Mobi Bikes). SFU Vancouver Campus is located within walking distance from a number of Mobi bikeshare stations.

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 programs:

The U-Pass BC program is a transportation package which provides students in Metro Vancouver with universal and affordable access to public transit. The program is a partnership between Simon Fraser University, the Simon Fraser Student Society (SFSS), the Graduate Student Society (GSS), TransLink, and the Province of British Columbia and was approved through SFSS and GSS referendum.

SFU's U-Pass BC Program is a mandatory program for all members of the SFSS and all members of the GSS. The U-Pass BC fee, effective May 1, 2017, is $164 per term. All eligible students will be charged the U-Pass BC term fee to their student financial account the next business day after enrollment.

Does the institution offer a guaranteed return trip program to regular users of alternative modes of transportation?:

A brief description of the guaranteed return trip 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:

SFU has a unique Carshare carpooling program for its faculty and staff that provides program users to a lower parking permit rate through cost sharing of a single permit.

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:

SFU has partnered with three carsharing companies, ZipCar, EVO and Modo to encourage sustainable alternative choices for short term vehicle needs. http://www.sfu.ca/parking/alternative-transportation.html

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:

SFU has six Chargepoint Electric Vehicle stalls on campus. There is no additional charge to use them.

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:

Telecommuting is offered at SFU and is negotiated on a case by case basis.

Does the institution offer a condensed work week option that reduces employee commuting (as a matter of policy or standard practice)?:

A brief description of the condensed work week option:

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:

To maintain housing affordability for SFU's faculty and staff, Verdant, at UniverCity development on SFU's Burnaby Campus, will come with an innovative pricing program which will allow owners to purchase their residence at 20 percent below fair market prices, with three key conditions: the first is that they will be living in the residence, not purchasing to rent out; the second is that on re-sale, the residence must be sold at the same percentage discount below then-current market prices. Yes, purchasers will still be able to benefit from any price appreciation - it just means that they will start at a price below market and then, if they sold, resell at a price that is also below market. The third is that the residence will first be offered to SFU faculty and staff with children before being offered to the general market.

SFU also offers a Mortgage Subsidy and Down Payment Assistance programs to assist eligible employees to purchase a first principal residence in the Lower Mainland, recognizing the high cost of housing in the region surrounding the University.


Does the institution employ other strategies to reduce the impact of commuting (e.g. preferred parking for fuel-efficient vehicles, cash-out of parking programs)?:

A brief description of other strategies to reduce the impact of commuting:

SFU offers preferred EV parking to its community members.


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