Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 40.64
Liaison Rebecca Collins
Submission Date July 31, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Temple University
OP-21: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.75 / 2.00 Kathleen Grady
Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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:

While the university does not have all of the facilities in one place, it does provide those amenities in separate facilities. Temple has indoor storage located in each residence hall on campus and over 1,700 outdoor bike parking spaces on Main Campus. The university makes showers available for bicycle commuters in three: Pearson McGonigle, the IBC Recreation Center and the Science Education Research Center. Lockers are available for rent at Pearson McGonigle and the IBC Recreation Center.


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)?:
Yes

A brief description of the bicycle parking and storage facilities:

Temple has indoor storage located in each residence hall on campus and over 1,700 outdoor bike parking spaces on Main Campus. Most campus buildings have bike racks installed within 50 ft.


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?:
Yes

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

Temple is an urban campus which operates under the city's Complete Streets Guidelines. The city controls the street and sidewalk right-of-way.


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:

Temple’s Main Campus hosts two stations as part of Philadelphia’s city-owned bicycle-sharing program, Indego, which opened for business Thursday, April 23. The program offers 400-plus bikes at more than 60 locations around Philadelphia, from Kensington to Point Breeze to University City. Temple’s Main Campus stations can be found at Tuttleman Center on Montgomery Avenue at 13th Street and at the Temple Regional Rail Station on Berks Avenue at 10th Street. Two more stations are located near campus: one at Broad and Oxford Streets and one at Oxford and 10th Streets.


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?:
Yes

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

The university received Bike Friendly University Bronze designation status in FY 14.


Does the institution offer free or reduced price transit passes and/or operate a free campus shuttle for commuters?:
Yes

A brief description of the mass transit program(s), including availability, participation levels, and specifics about discounts or subsidies offered (including pre-tax options):

Temple University offers full time students the option to purchase a discounted, semester long transit pass. The pass provides a 10% discount on SEPTA fares. In addition, employees can participate in the WageWorks program, which enables them to purchase transit passes or tokens using pre-tax dollars. In FY13, approximately 12% of the eligible employees utilized this program to purchase discounted public transit access.


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

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?:
No

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?:
Yes

A brief description of the car sharing program:

Main Campus and Health Science campus offer car sharing through Enterprise CarShare and Zip Car. Cars are available on or within walking distance to campus. There are also discounts available to the Temple community for both of the car sharing programs. Many of the cars on or near campus are hybrids.


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:

There are two electric vehicle recharging stations located on campus.


Does the institution offer a telecommuting program for employees as a matter of policy or as standard practice?:
No

A brief description of the telecommuting program:
---

Does the institution offer a condensed work week option for employees as a matter of policy or as standard practice?:
No

A brief description of the condensed work week program:
---

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 University has established a program that provides financial support for full-time staff and faculty who purchase homes in the communities surrounding its Main and Health Science campuses. In partnership with the City of Philadelphia, Temple is offering financial support and access to programs aimed at putting home ownership within reach for its faculty and staff. Through a combination of these programs, full-time Temple employees may be eligible to receive up to $9,000 in funding toward the purchase of homes within selected Philadelphia zip codes.


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

A brief description of other sustainable transportation initiatives and programs:

Discounted rates are available to the Temple community who use carshare.
A 15% discount is available to the Temple community for the purchase of bikes through Fuji and Breakaway Bikes.


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

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.