Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.83
Liaison Mary Beth McGrew
Submission Date March 10, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Cincinnati
OP-18: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Daniel Hart
Sustainability Coordinator
Planning + Design + Construction
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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:

Bike storage and shower facilities are available in the two recreation centers as well as some other buildings on campus. Lockers are available in the two recreation centers.


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)?:
No

A brief description of the bicycle parking and storage facilities:
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?:
Yes

A brief description of the bicycle and pedestrian plan or policy:

UC's bike plan contains goals and objectives for infrastructure and programming related to bicycling on campus. It was drafted in coordination with the City of Cincinnati's plan.


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:

The Office of Sustainability partners with the Campus Recreation Center to offer the Bearcat Bike Share. This is a free bike share for anyone with a UC ID. The bike share currently includes more than 40 bicycles at 5 check out locations. Queen City Bike, Bike Friendly Destination: Gold, 2014-2015


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 programs:

UC operates a free campus shuttle system which includes 10 routes. Shuttles run throughout the day and evenings, both during the week and on weekends. In addition to the shuttles, UC also offers its affiliates two options for discounted fares on Cincinnati Metro buses. One option is free to participate in and reduces the riders fare to $1 for most rides. A second option carries some upfront cost, which varies for students versus employees, and allows the rider to ride any bus for free.


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

A brief description of the guaranteed return trip program:
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Does the institution participate in a car/vanpool or ride sharing program and/or offer reduced parking fees or preferential parking for car/vanpoolers?:
Yes

A brief description of the carpool/vanpool program:

UC offers the platform Zimride by Enterprise to all UC faculty, staff, and students.


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:

UC participates in the Zipcar car sharing program, hosting 5 Zipcars on campus.


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:

The University of Cincinnati has three electric vehicle charging stations. Two stations (Clifton Garage on west campus and Lot 13 on east campus) are level 2 chargers and can charge two cars at 240 volts/unit (100% charge within eight hours). The third is a fast charging station and is located in front of the UC Bike Kitchen (Faculty Center building) on Woodside Drive.


Does the institution offer a telecommuting program for employees as a matter of policy or as standard practice?:
Yes

A brief description of the telecommuting program:

UCIT has instituted a Flexwork and Telecommuting Program in order to promote better work/life balance for UCIT employees, help alleviate the increased cost in commuting expenses due to current gasoline prices, increase employee retention, improve employee recruitment, increase morale as well as productivity, allow for flexible work scheduling due to bad winter weather or illness outbreaks (Flu, etc.), and to benefit the Cincinnati community through less congestion and air pollution. This program includes telecommuting, a compressed work week schedule, as well as a flexible work week.


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

A brief description of the condensed work week option:

At the discretion of each vice president, flexible working hours may be instituted both to assist employees in their personal planning and to maintain productivity.


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:

UC offers financial assistance in the form of a low interest loan to employees who purchase a home in one of the neighborhoods directly surrounding campus.


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)?:
Yes

A brief description of other strategies to reduce the impact of commuting:

In the Eden Avenue garage, there is preferred parking for Electric Vehicles.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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