Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 86.83
Liaison Mark Lichtenstein
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2023

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 Delaney Demro
Sustainability Planning & Institutional Alignment Manager
Office of Sustainability
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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 Veo Ride’s electric bike and scooter program. Students can find Veo bikes and scooters throughout Syracuse at any of the 45+ hubs or by consulting the Veo app. Rentals are affordable to students at $1 to unlock, and $0.21-0.31 per minute, an average ride for students is about $3. In October 2022, ESF’s EcoReps worked with Veo to offer ESF students a $10 credit to promote the bike- and scooter-share program. 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:
Until January 3, 2023 ESF students were able to access Zipcar through Syracuse University (SU). The program ended due to low use during the pandemic, but was still active for the majority of this reporting period. 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. https://www.zipcar.com/universities/syracuse-university

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

A brief description of the incentives for fuel efficient vehicles:
Until September 2021, ESF had six reserved parking spaces in prime locations for fuel efficient vehicles. These spaces were replaced with electric vehicle charging and parking spaces when the EV hub was installed. The preferred spots will return after major construction projects are completed on the Syracuse Campus in 2023.

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:
In October 2021, ESF installed eight dual-port and two single-port Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations distributed across the Syracuse campus (totaling 18 ports). Four stations are open to the public 24/7, 365 days. One dual-port and two single-port stations are located near the primary administration building, one dual-port station is located by ESF’s physical plant, and two dual-port stations are located in the lot behind a primary academic building. These stations are available to faculty, staff, and students at the same cost as the public access stations. This installation is one of the largest and most affordable charging hubs in Central New York. At $0.20 per kWh, charging at these stations are priced just to cover the cost of the electricity used. ESF’s Electric Vehicle Charging Station Procedure can be found here: https://www.esf.edu/sustainability/projects/ev_procedure.pdf

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:
The Office of Sustainability maintains the Sustainable Transportation page on the ESF website (linked below). On this page, students, faculty, and staff can learn about the programs reported here and alternative transportation options to and from Syracuse including Amtrak, Greyhound, New York Trailways, and Centro (Syracuse public transit) bus routes. Students can also learn about these programs through the Syracuse University Parking and Transportation Services website linked on the ESF page. Syracuse University: https://parking.syr.edu/transportation/other-transportation-resources/ ESF has installed skateboard docks (parking) outside of Moon Library for its students. For over nine 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 included 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, which are shared on the Office of Sustainability's transportation webpage.

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