Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 75.92
Liaison Christina Goodwin
Submission Date March 5, 2021
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Sterling College (VT)
OP-18: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.40 / 2.00 Favor Ellis
Dean of Community
Residence Life
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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:

A storage area and repair facility exist below the Kestrel residence hall for cyclists. Shower facilities exist in this building, too. Lockers do not exist. Simpson Hall also provides a multi-purpose room for bicycle storage.


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:

Sterling has bike racks located near every major buildings, many of which include bikes through our Green Bikes Program.


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:

The 2016 Town Plan states that "Craftsbury is a walkable, bikeable community that is not too dominated by cars. Road travel is safe and slow through town and roads are safe for horseback riders and bikers."

Additionally, the Town Plan states: "The roads in Craftsbury offer a variety of on-road and backroad cycling adventures. The Town recognizes the importance of biking in the area. The Town has resources for bike rentals and tours. In fact, a bicycle loop trail has been mapped by the “Cycling in the Kingdom” pamphlet which includes a 10.9 mile loop called the “Craftsbury Classic.” A much longer on-road loop, starting from Hardwick, passes through Craftsbury along Route 14. Additionally a trail published in the Backroads Cycling Guide covers East Craftsbury Road, Ketchum Hill, Creek, and King Farm Roads, crosses the intersection of Town Highway 7 and Mill Village Road, near the Outdoor Center on Big Hosmer, and continues up Wylie Hill Road and finally leaves Craftsbury from Route 14 into Albany."


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:

The Green Bikes Program at Sterling College employs two students through the Federal Work Program. These students maintain and repair and purchase new bicycles for students, faculty, and staff to utilize on campus. These bicycles are available at every bicycle rack for use and the College recently established a restricted fund to support the program.


Does the institution offer free or reduced price transit passes and/or operate a free campus shuttle for commuters?:
No

A brief description of the mass transit programs:

There is no mass transit in this area!


Does the institution offer a guaranteed return trip program to regular users of alternative modes of transportation?:
No

A brief description of the guaranteed return trip program:
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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:

The college has a RideSharing program through online social media.


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?:
No

A brief description of the car sharing program:
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Does the institution have one or more Level 2 or Level 3 electric vehicle recharging stations that are accessible to student and employee commuters?:
No

A brief description of the electric vehicle recharging stations:
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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:

Employees are allowed to telecommute as a matter of course as their schedules allow.


Does the institution offer a condensed work week option that reduces employee commuting (as a matter of policy or standard practice)?:
No

A brief description of the condensed work week option:
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Does the institution have incentives or programs to encourage employees to live close to campus?:
Yes

A brief description of the incentives or programs to encourage employees to live close to campus:

Sterling College tries very hard to assist employees new to the area to secure housing within Craftsbury Common. They work with local landlords and realtors to make sure employees can live close to campus.


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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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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