Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 77.90
Liaison Katie Maynard
Submission Date March 4, 2021

STARS v2.2

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

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Jewel Persad
Sustainability Manager
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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:
In summer of 2018 UCSB launched a Bike Share Program with HOPR, unfortunately scooter share from Bird, Lime and Spin launched at the same time. The HOPR bicycle share program was cancelled at the end of 2019 as HOPR could not find local sponsors to sustain the program. Even without bicycle share the majority of UCSB students continue to commute by foot, skateboard or bicycle.

Does the institution participate in a car sharing program?:

A brief description of the car sharing program:
The University of California Santa Barbara meets the required criteria for car sharing. UCSB currently has a ZipCar program that costs $25.00 per year for students, faculty, and staff, with a beginning incentive of $35.00 free driving provided in the first month. ZipCars are accessed on campus and the adjacent student enclave of Isla Vista 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Members must be 18 or older to apply for this program and are given a Zipcard. Hourly or Daily fees include gasoline and insurance.

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

A brief description of the incentives for fuel efficient vehicles:
Yes, our campus currently offers 91 electric vehicle charging spaces in premium parking locations for those who want to charge their vehicles when on campus. Our campus also has an alternative vehicle incentive program. Through the Alternative Incentive Program, we are offering departments a ~10% rebate on the purchase of an alternatively fueled vehicle.

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:
Yes, 91 Level 2 Electric vehicle charging spaces. There are Level 2 (240V) electric vehicle charging stations inside each of the 4 parking structures( 10, 18, 22, and 50) and surface parking lots 1 and 60. https://www.tps.ucsb.edu/commuter-options/electric-vehicle-services

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 University of California Santa Barbara encourages employees to live close to campus by providing housing and or services for faculty and staff. For example Ocean Walk is a faculty housing community with over 160 units created under the authority of The Regents for the purpose of providing affordable workforce housing for faculty.
Additionally Sierra Madre Apartments is home to 36 Staff & Faculty Rental Apartments.
Additional housing units for campus faculty and staff on main campus property is currently in the conceptual development phase in partnership with local developers.
The Office of Loan Programs (OLP) designs, delivers, and manages housing assistance programs for recruitment and retention of faculty and senior managers.

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:
Students who live within 2-miles of campus may not purchase long-term main-campus commuter parking permits.

All students get unlimited access to the Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District buses as a part of their registration fees.

An ALL NEW UCSB-Funded MTD Line 28 bus began in August 2016. UCSB Faculty, Staff and Students ride the line 28 at no cost to the riders. This is funded by the campus at the cost of approximately $1 Millions per years. Line 28 provides service between UCSB and the Camino Real Marketplace and housing units along that route.

The university offers fare support for local and regional transit bus services, vanpools, half-priced carpool permits and pre-tax payroll deduction for all of these transit modes.

The Transportation Alternatives Program offers complimentary commuter consultations to employees and students and their families and works with our Human Resources New Employee Orientation (NEO) to start healthy commuting habits right from the start.

We offer a Commuter Cost Calculator to help our commuters understand the costs associated with commuting and comparative cost savings with alternatives to driving alone https://www.tps.ucsb.edu/commuter-cost-calculator
Our campus Associated Students spends $250,000 annually on our campus bicycle repair shop. The A.S bike shop offers repairs and resources to the UCSB community. Our campus has been rated a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists.

Our campus Transportation Alternatives, Program Manager is a League of American Bicyclists - League Certified Instructor who presents bicycle safety education content to the campus community.
Each year the campus donates bicycles with locks to those students who were raised in the foster care system known as Guardian Scholars. These students typically age out of the system when they turn 18 and are often economically disadvantaged.

At the beginning of each quarter, bicycles that have been abandoned or unclaimed after impound get sold for $50 each. Bicycles are also donated to the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition’s shop known as BiciCentro.

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