Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 85.66
Liaison Mark Lichtenstein
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
OP-17: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Sue Fassler
Sustainable Facilities Manager
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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:

The ESF community is served by Gotcha Bike's bike sharing program. Students are able to get a discount. There are a number of hubs near ESF, Syracuse University and throughout the Syracuse community. The process for using the bike share is simple:

1) Download the Gotcha Mobility app
2) Sign up with a phone number or email
3) Use the app to find available bikes
4) Scan the bike with your camera to unlock and ride
5) Return the bike to a hub near your destination

ESF also has a bike library program. Five bicycles are located outside Moon Library and are available to rent for 24 hours at a time. Membership to ESF students is free and bikes are rented from Moon Library with the swipe of an ESF ID card. Users complete forms and view a short (10-15 minute) safety presentation.

Does the institution participate in a car sharing program?:

A brief description of the car sharing program:

ESF students are able to access Zipcar through Syracuse University (SU). Zipcar is the world's leading car-sharing network and allows users to drive various cars on demand, by the hour, or the day. Information about Zipcar locations can be found on the SU Zipcar site, and details about the process and pricing structure can be found on Zipcar's webpage.


ESF is currently engaged in expanding the Zipcar program at its Syracuse campus, locating and managing cars near the College's residence hall.

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

A brief description of the incentives for fuel efficient vehicles:

ESF has reserved six spaces in prime locations for fuel efficient vehicle parking.

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:

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:

Yes, there is a special mortgage option for employees who purchase a property near the College.

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:

ESF has installed skateboard docks (parking) for its students.

For over seven years, ESF's bike safety committee has been actively and tirelessly advocating for safer and more convenient access routes to and from campus, especially along a main corridor to the Syracuse campus (Euclid Avenue) that connects the residential university neighborhood area to the main campus in Syracuse. As a result, in 2018, new bike lanes were including on Euclid Ave., and a main thoroughfare into the College. The City of Syracuse and Onondaga Cycle Club also have information about bike infrastructure and local events on their websites. The renewed ESF sustainability website will direct visitors to those resources once it launches in mid 2021.


ESF's new sustainability website will also includes information about how to use and understand public transportation and routes in the City of Syracuse. It includes information about the Connective Corridor, a free bus loop between the University Hill and downtown Syracuse.

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

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