Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 70.10
Liaison Francis Mitalo
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

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

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Fortino Morales
Sustainability Officer
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:

Does the institution participate in a car sharing program?:

A brief description of the car sharing program:
The Transportation and Parking Services department partnered up with Zipcar to provide cars that are rentable by the hour. This program helps fill the gaps between those that might not have a car, but still, need to get around once in a while.

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

A brief description of the incentives for fuel efficient vehicles:
UCR offers electric vehicle charging stations, which allow for students, faculty, staff, and visitors to charge their electric vehicles on campus. The incentive of this availability is that the charging stations are located in 7 lots close to campus, helping drivers find convenient preferential parking spots close to campus without paying general parking pass rates. https://transportation.ucr.edu/electric-vehicle-charging

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:
UCR has a total of 32 charging stations located throughout 7 parking lots. The main campus has 8 electric vehicle charging stations each with two Level 2 chargers. For quick charge, our Center for Environmental Research and Technology offers one Level 3 charger and four Level 2 chargers, all fed by 100% solar power!

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:
The Mortgage Origination Program was created by the University of California to offset the negative impact of California housing prices by providing competitive first mortgages to eligible Riverside faculty and senior management to assist them in the purchase of a principal residence within a reasonable commuting distance of their campus. The campus has defined a "reasonable commuting distance" to be 30 miles or less from UCR.

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:
UCR offers a Vanpool program, which is an alternative form of transportation available to UC faculty and staff, and currently enrolled UC Riverside students. The goal of the program is to reduce the total number of single-occupant vehicle trips made to campus by faculty, staff, and students. This goal supports California clean-air mandates, reduces campus and community congestion, and conserves and enhances campus resources. Our Vanpool program matches groups of UCR commuters living within close proximity to our established departure sites and allows them to share the ride to and from the UCR campus. A Vanpool consists of a group of UCR commuters who ride together from designated departure sites to the UCR campus.

As part of the Sustainability Integrated Grid Initiative (SIGI), UCR’s Center for Environmental Research and Technology, in collaboration with the Riverside Transit Agency, has converted a diesel trolley into a 100% electric one charged via a quick charging point fed by 100% renewable energy to research the feasibility of truly net-zero public transportation.

Cycling is not only a healthier alternative to driving but also leaves a small carbon footprint. That is why UCR prides itself as a bike-friendly campus. Located in Parking Lot 19, Pedals Bike Shop provides students with bike repairs at discounted prices, advice on how to do self-repairs, and bike, scooter, or skateboard parts and accessories.

Deliveries on campus are first unloaded at the Storehouse where they are transferred to reusable boxes in some cases and loaded onto a compressed natural gas (CNG) truck for delivery to reduce short-lived climate pollutants and improve air quality within the campus

In partnership with Riverside Transit Agency (RTA), UCR provides all its students, faculty, and staff who have a UCR Card free access to public transportation. The UCR Card serves as a bus pass on any RTA fixed-route in Riverside County.

Honda is offering an EV incentive rebate to all UC staff, faculty and student employees through March 31, 2021. The $500 discount is valid on 2020 and 2021 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrids. In addition, applicants might qualify for further discounts and incentives such as $7,500 in Federal Tax Credit, up to $1,000 through the California Clean Vehicle Rebate Program and up to $1,000 through Local Utility Rebates. One of UC’s carbon neutrality initiatives includes a goal of having 4.5% of commute vehicles be zero-emission vehicles by 2025. As part of this initiative, TAPS is sharing information about the electric vehicle promotion.


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:
Credit prepared by Michelle Baron and revised by Chelsea Lee.

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