Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 50.14
Liaison Jessa Gagne
Submission Date April 22, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Stonehill College
OP-21: Support for Sustainable Transportation

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Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Jessa Gagne
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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:

Stonehill College's facilities include gym showers with lockers for faculty and staff located at the Ames Sports Complex. There is also an additional shower for faculty and staff in the Shields Science Center. There are ample outdoor bicycle racks throughout the campus. There are also several bicycle storage sheds near the residence halls, which residents use to store their bicycles during inclement weather and over the summer months.

Does the institution provide short-term bicycle parking (e.g. racks) within 50 ft (15 m) of all occupied, non-residential buildings and make long-term bicycle storage available within 330 ft (100 m) of all residence halls (if applicable)?:

A brief description of the bicycle parking and storage facilities:

Bicycle sheds are located near all of the residence halls. Bicycle racks are located at each residence hall and throughout the entire campus.

Does the institution have a “complete streets” or bicycle accommodation policy (or adhere to a local community policy) and/or have a continuous network of dedicated bicycle and pedestrian paths and lanes?:

A brief description of the bicycle/pedestrian policy and/or network:

There are no roads through the middle of the campus. There are numerous paths throughout the academic building area. At the very most, students need to cross one on campus street to get from a residence hall to an academic building.

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

A brief description of the bicycle sharing program:

After substantial efforts by student members of the SEA club in the fall of 2015, the Bike Share program will begin in earnest in the spring of 2016. The bikes will be rented for the entire semester and each biker will be provided with a lock and helmet.

Is the institution certified as a Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists (U.S.) or under a similar third party certification covering non-motorized transportation?:

A brief description of the certification, including date certified and level:

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 program(s), including availability, participation levels, and specifics about discounts or subsidies offered (including pre-tax options):

Stonehill College provides free daily shuttle service to all members of the campus community and their guests. The shuttle loop starts at one of the centrally located residence halls, then goes to the South Shore Plaza, and ends at the Quincy MBTA station. Commuters and students can use the shuttle to connect to the MBTA Subway and Commuter Rail Systems serving greater Boston.

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

A brief description of the GRT 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:

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:

The Stonehill Zip car program began in the fall of 2011. There are currently 2 zip cars in use on campus and are located in the Duffy Academic Center parking lot. Beyond the money you will be able to save on gas, oil, maintenance, insurance, a parking sticker, and parking tickets, using Zipcar can eliminate pollution and emissions that your car puts into the atmosphere. According to statistics presented by Zipcar, each zip car in use takes 20 cars off of the road. By using a Zipcar, only when you need to go somewhere, you are a part of helping to take excess cars off roads, and reducing the amount of pollutants that are entered into the atmosphere.


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:

Electric car owners can now charge their cars at a station behind the Sports Complex. Installed by Solect Energy Development, the station went live in early January 2015. There is no cost to e-car owners for using the station, which Solect underwrote. The company partnered with us on the 2.7 megawatt solar field and on solar roof installations on campus.

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:

The College does allow employees to telecommute on an occasional basis. The request is typically for a specified period of time to complete a project or because of a specific need. Employees wishing to participate must submit a written request in advance and approval is made by the department director and Division Head. Requests for a more permanent telecommuting situation require approval by the Division Head, Director of Human Resources in consultation with the College's General Counsel. Any employee approved for any type of telecommuting arrangement must have periodic check-in meetings with the department.

Does the institution offer a condensed work week option for employees as a matter of policy or as standard practice?:

A brief description of the condensed work week program:

For 6 weeks during the summer months, the College offers a reduced work week. Employees work slightly longer work days for 4 days, shortening the length of the lunch break as well, in exchange for a half day off on Fridays.

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:

There are a limited number of on campus apartments and single family houses reserved for Holy Cross priests that work for the College. Additionally, residence directors are offered on campus apartments in the area of the campus they oversee.

Does the institution have other incentives or programs to encourage more sustainable modes of transportation and reduce the impact of student and employee commuting?:

A brief description of other sustainable transportation initiatives and programs:

Students may be escorted from one point to another within the areas normally patrolled by the Stonehill Police Department on campus. The shift supervisor may use his/her own discretion with escorts off-campus limited to a one-mile radius.

The Stonehill Shuttle is also available for trips to the airport and Quincy MBTA station, among other stops such as the South Shore Plaza mall.

The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable transportation program(s) is available:

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