Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.69
Liaison Elizabeth Drake
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

Swarthmore College
OP-17: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Melissa Tier
Sustainability Program Manager
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have a bicycle-sharing program or participate in a local bicycle-sharing program?:
No

A brief description of the bicycle sharing program:
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Does the institution participate in a car sharing program?:
Yes

A brief description of the car sharing program:

Swarthmore has a partnership with Zipcar and two of the companies vehicles are parked in one of the campus parking lots and are available to students and staff.


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

A brief description of the incentives for fuel efficient vehicles:

Charging electric vehicles is currently free with our plug station, although this will change as more charging stations are installed on 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:

The dual plug solar-powered electric recharging station was built by 2 students in 2015. It is available for use by staff, students, faculty, and the general community. It features two different levels of charges that can accommodate up to four vehicles at once, and its usage can be tracked.


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:

The College has a mortgage program for faculty and upper administration to purchase housing within a 1.5 mile radius of the campus. The College owns 102 rental properties that are available for rent to full-time members of the instructional staff. Part-time faculty with appointments of half-time or greater are also eligible for housing, as availability permits. The College-owned housing has policies specifically aimed at accommodating professors that may have to leave temporarily for sabbatical.


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?:
Yes

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 College frequently subsidizes or offers free Septa train passes through Arts Initiatives and funding by the Lang Center/Student Government Organization. We also only permit 160 students to park on campus out of 1650+ students, in order to discourage students from using their own vehicles.


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