Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 56.45
Liaison Bambi Ingram
Submission Date Feb. 7, 2020
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Alabama at Birmingham
OP-18: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Julie Price
Sustainability Coordinator
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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:
UAB Bike Locker Program UAB Parking and Transportation/UAB School of Medicine/UAB Sustainability Bicycle lockers safeguard your bicycle by providing protection from theft, vandalism, and inclement weather. The lockers are designed to hold one bicycle each as well as bicycle gear. 22 lockers are on the ground floor plaza of Lister Hill Library. The space inside is approximately: 4' high x 6' 5" deep x 3' wide at the door and narrows toward the back of the locker. Most standard bicycles will fit inside. Longer bicycles such as tandem bikes or some recumbent bikes will not fit into the lockers. Students, faculty, or staff in the School of Medicine may participate in this pilot program. To rent a locker, individuals may apply through the link below on the Parking and Transportation website. All locker rentals cost $100 per year, and are subject to availability. Payments are accepted by credit cards, checks, and money orders. Once renters have been assigned a locker, they are given a locker number and must immediately apply a padlock to the locker to prevent others from occupying the locker.

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)?:

A brief description of the bicycle parking and storage facilities:
All UAB buildings have park racks within reasonable distance of the main entrance. We have branded racks with 3-point locking design that are being distributed to replace some older, less functional racks. New construction projects have bike calculation requirements based on occupancy. At residence halls, we have large capacity racks for residents and some racks within the residence hall parking decks for student bike parking. Resident students are also permitted to store their bikes in their rooms.

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?:

A brief description of the bicycle and pedestrian plan or policy:
https://www.uab.edu/policies/content/Pages/UAB-UC-POL-0000782.aspx UAB is committed to creating and maintaining a culture of sustainability in which faculty, staff, students, and visitors have institutional support for alternative mobility modes, both for commuting and intracampus transportation. Biking and other alternative wheeled transportation modes can improve health and reduce transportation costs for individuals, as well as decrease parking pressure and emissions in the city center. Implementation of efforts to support alternative mobility modes is critical to fulfilling Board-approved goals regarding campus mobility, interconnectedness, multimodal transportation systems, and community health. This commitment also bolsters UAB’s competitiveness in successful recruitment and retention of talented faculty, staff, and students. However, the increased presence of bikes and other mobility devices inside and outdoors has the potential to contribute to life safety issues. This policy strives to balance support for alternative forms of wheeled mobility with safety and accessibility for all UAB community members and visitors by establishing requirements for use and storage and promoting awareness of resources and infrastructure.

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 Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham started a bikeshare program for the city that is now administered through a non-profit, REV Birmingham. UAB Committed to several stations on campus and funded the pads to host the stations. We communicate the program to our internal audience. https://www.uab.edu/sustainability/bikeuab/zyp-bikeshare

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 programs:
We have a free campus circulator bus system. http://www.uab.edu/blazerexpress/

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

A brief description of the guaranteed return trip program:
We are partners with the Birmingham CommuteSmart program who administers the incentives and guaranteed return trip feature of the carpool and vanpool programs for registered participants. http://www.uab.edu/parking/parking/students/carpool

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:
Vanpool participants have free parking in preferred spots. Carpoolers have reduced parking fees and preferred spots. http://www.uab.edu/parking/parking/students/carpool

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:
Yes, in partnership with Zipcar we have a carshare service based at the Residence Halls. https://www.zipcar.com/universities/university-of-alabama-at-birmingham

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:
There are two types of Level 2 EV charging stations available on campus: public charging through ChargePoint, and employee-only charging stations located in 5 gated employee parking areas.

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:
Yes, we have a policy. Telecommuting approval is based on the needs of the position. http://www.uab.edu/humanresources/home/images/Forms/TELECOMMUTING-GUIDELINES--5-27-16.pdf

Does the institution offer a condensed work week option that reduces employee commuting (as a matter of policy or standard practice)?:

A brief description of the condensed work week option:
Our alternative work schedule policy for condensed work week, 10 month schedule, etc are here: http://www.uab.edu/humanresources/home/images/M_images/Records_Administration/PDFS/Alternative_Workschedules_Guidelines.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:
https://www.uab.edu/humanresources/home/benefits/perks/blazer-home The University of Alabama at Birmingham offers assistance to full-time, benefits-eligible faculty and staff who buy or renovate a primary residence in designated areas in the Five Points, Glen Iris and North and South Titusville neighborhoods. The fiveyear conditional grants, funded by the UAB Educational Foundation, may be used for the purchase, e.g., down payment and/or closing costs for a new home or for renovations on an existing home in the incentive zone. UAB will provide up to 10 grants per fiscal year for amounts of up to $8,000. Annual funding for the program is renewed at the beginning of the Foundation’s fiscal year (July 1), and awards are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Through this program, UAB will strengthen its connections to adjacent neighborhoods, contribute to community development, attract and retain valuable employees, promote sustainable practices and model leadership in providing employer-assisted housing benefits among Alabama employers.

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)?:

A brief description of other strategies to reduce the impact of commuting:
Our partnership with CommuteSmart provides cash incentives and gift cards to registrants that employ alternative commute options each month. http://www.commutesmart.org/birmingham/partner-spotlight/university-of-alabama-at-birmingham/

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