Overall Rating Platinum - expired
Overall Score 85.72
Liaison Kira Stoll
Submission Date March 4, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of California, Berkeley
OP-17: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Mikayla Tran
SDG & OS Engagement Fellow
Office of Sustainability
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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 San Francisco Bay Area has instituted a public bike sharing program that campus affiliates can participate in. The region’s bike sharing system with more than 7,000 bikes and 70 stations across the region, with locations in San Francisco, San Jose, Berkeley, Oakland, and Emeryville. The system is intended to provide Bay Area residents and visitors with an additional transportation option on a regional scale. The regional bike share program offers 10 bike share stations within 1/2 mile of the central UC Berkeley campus. Parking and Transportation has worked with the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee for Student Fees and the Associated Students of the University of California to provide free and low-cost BikeShare memberships to students.

UC Berkeley also provides a subsidized program for employees.

Does the institution participate in a car sharing program?:

A brief description of the car sharing program:
UC Berkeley has a variety of car sharing services on, or just adjacent to campus. Each service provides its members with short‐term car rentals where sone have dedicated spaces where you must return the vehicles; another is designed for one-way travel. Each car-sharing service offers its own unique fee structure, eligibility requirements and philosophies. Providers offer a program for students ages 18 to 21, to serve a younger population that is sometimes aren’t eligible for rental cars.

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

A brief description of the incentives for fuel efficient vehicles:
UCOP provides employee discounts for fuel efficient vehicles to help employees make sustainable choices. Some incentives include:
- 2020-2021 BMW Incentives : BMW is offering UC exclusive incentives and offers. BMW is offering an $11,000 purchase and finance incentive on the i3 model, which comes in both hybrid and electric. BMW is offering incentives on various PHEVs.
- 2020-2021 Honda Clarity Incentive : Honda is now offering an additional $500 off a Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid to all UC Faculty and Staff for 2020-2021
- 2020 Nissan LEAF Incentive: Eligible UC customers can receive $6,000 Nissan LEAF Cash Back off 2020 LEAF & LEAF PLUS up to $7,500 potential Federal tax credit. Expires January 4, 2021.

For more information: https://www.ucop.edu/sustainability/uc-engagement/staff-engagement/index.html

UC also Berkeley offers EV Solar Charging on campus: https://pt.berkeley.edu/Foothill_Solar_Station

Lastly, UCB employees using alternative transportation receive up to six taxi rides or car rentals home each year through the Guaranteed Ride Home program: http://grh.alamedactc.org/

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:
The Stadium/Maxwell Parking Garage provides 8 L2 vehicle chargers for campus faculty, staff, students and visitors. Soon to open are another 8 L2 chargers on the main campus. The Upper Hearst Parking Structure provides 2 L1 chargers for faculty and staff. The Telegraph/Channing garage and Oxford/Fulton garage are near public charging stations.

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:
UC Berkeley does provide some faculty housing that is of walking or transit distance to campus. The campus built a condominium complex and sold them at less than market rate near campus for purchase by faculty. The transportation incentives offered by the campus encourage employees to live near campus or conveniently located near transit hubs.

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?:

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:
Since the 1980s the campus has provided incentives for alternatives to driving alone.

The campus has invested in a large number of student residence halls and apartment units at walking or a transit ride distance from campus. This has been instrumental in the more than 90% of students commuting by sustainable transportation methods. For over a decade the campus has participated in the regional bike to work day, attracting hundreds of cyclists each year to celebrate active transportation. Students have also opened a bicycle repair shop on campus.

The campus manages its parking to support sustainable transportation and make it attractive. All parkers must pay to park - no free parking is offered. The campus only has 5,500 parking spaces to support a daily population of more than 50,000 people. Students can only buy a parking permit for campus by exception or if they live more than 2 miles from the campus. The campus Long Range Development Plan limits the number of parking spaces that the campus can build during the timeframe of the plan.

The campus Long Range Development Plan also prioritizes new campus-built housing to be located within the Housing Zone - a zone defined as being a 20-minute transit ride to the central campus.

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

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
Information from this field was provided by the campus Parking and Transportation department.

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