Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 43.28
Liaison Adam Maurer
Submission Date Dec. 18, 2017
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South Seattle College
OP-18: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Adam Maurer
District Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution provide secure bicycle storage (not including office space), shower facilities, and lockers for bicycle commuters?:
Yes

A brief description of the facilities for bicycle commuters:

Shower facilities and lockers are available for students.


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)?:
Yes

A brief description of the bicycle parking and storage facilities:

There are four or more bicycle racks placed strategically throughout our small campus.


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?:
Yes

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

South Seattle is a partner with the City's bicycle master plan.

http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/document-library/modal-plans/bicycle-master-plan


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:

There are several bike sharing companies that currently operate in Seattle. All employees and students can participate in the bike share programs.


Does the institution offer free or reduced price transit passes and/or operate a free campus shuttle for commuters?:
Yes

A brief description of the mass transit programs:

Qualifying South Seattle employees and students who do not purchase a single-occupant-vehicle parking permit are eligible for a discount ORCA (One Regional Card for All) card. The ORCA Card is a regional, public transit pass which can be used by students and employees to ride regular Metro, Sound Transit, Pierce Transit, Kitsap Transit, Community Transit, and Everett Transit bus service anytime, anywhere all over King, Snohomish, Pierce, and Kitsap Counties. The pass is available to eligible students and employees at a subsidized rate and can be used for personal as well as college use. Public transportation includes: Link Light Rail system, Metro streetcars (the South Lake Union Trolley and the Broadway streetcar), the Sounder Train (Everett to Tacoma), some Amtrak Cascades trains between Seattle and Everett, the King County Water Taxis (West Seattle and Vashon routes) and the Kitsap Transit Foot Ferry (Port Orchard and Annapolis Routes). Also, King County Metro offers ORCA LIFT cards for those that qualify for the program. Employee ORCA CARDs cost $51 per quarter, plus $10 TMP quarterly fee. All students may purchase an ORCA Card at discounted rates. The South Seattle cards (known as E–Purses) are pre–loaded with $200 of ORCA money for only $125, $75 off the regular rate. Students who use the Washington State Ferries as walk on passengers, bike riders, or carpool passengers may be eligible to receive up to $60 in reimbursement per academic quarter. Employees who use the Washington State Ferries as walk on passengers, bike riders, or carpool passengers may be eligible to receive up to $58 in reimbursement per month.


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

A brief description of the guaranteed return trip program:

If you are a permanent employee, a member of the Transportation Management Plan ($10 per quarter) and use alternate forms of transportation, the college can help in an emergency. The college will pay for a taxicab home or to a daycare address for up to 60 miles one way. This service is available up to two times per quarter. Alternate forms of transportation include public transportation, walking, biking, carpool passengers.


Does the institution participate in a car/vanpool or ride sharing program and/or offer reduced parking fees or preferential parking for car/vanpoolers?:
Yes

A brief description of the carpool/vanpool program:

Carpoolers are offered reserved carpool parking spaces, discounted ORCA card for carpool passengers only, and a much discounted parking pass rate. For vanpoolers, King County Metro offers a vanpool service. Seattle Central employees and students who vanpool are eligible to receive up to $58 in reimbursement per month.


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?:
Yes

A brief description of the car sharing program:

Employees have access to two ZipCars located nearest to the campus.


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:

There is currently a 240 V (Level 2) outlet available for charging EVs. There are also two 120 V outlets designated for EVs.


Does the institution offer a telecommuting program for employees as a matter of policy or as standard practice?:
Yes

A brief description of the telecommuting program:

Seattle College District (of which South Seattle is part of) supports the concept of telecommuting and encourages the practice when it does not detract from the efficient and effective delivery of services to the colleges. The District recognizes the benefits of telecommuting, which includes increased productivity and morale, decreased traffic congestion, energy use, and parking problems. College and/or District administration will be responsible for the approval of all telecommuting agreements. Requests to telecommute as a disability accommodation are handled separately through the disability accommodation process.


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

A brief description of the condensed work week option:

all employees have the ability to work with their supervisor to consider a condensed work week if it is appropriate for their position. Permission is granted on a case by case basis.


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 employ other strategies to reduce the impact of commuting (e.g. preferred parking for fuel-efficient vehicles, cash-out of parking programs)?:
No

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