Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.39
Liaison Marianne Martin
Submission Date Sept. 22, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Colorado Boulder
OP-17: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Brandon Smith
Student Transportation Coordinator
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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 CU Bike Program subsidizes free membership to the City’s Boulder B-cycle bike share program for all students and staff, which includes over 300 bikes and 45 stations city wide. The Bike Program also has a fleet of semester rental bikes available for $30 for the first semester and $10 each additional semester, while supplies last.

Does the institution participate in a car sharing program?:

A brief description of the car sharing program:
CU-Boulder contracts with two car sharing programs which provide reduced price membership for CU affiliates through a campus subsidy, Colorado Carshare and Zipcar. There are anywhere from 10-15 cars on or adjacent to campus depending on the time of year, with more throughout the city.

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

A brief description of the incentives for fuel efficient vehicles:
In select lots, Parking Services provides prefered parking for carpools and LEVs on a first come, first served basis until 10 am. The spots are not enforced and access is on the honor system. For staff and visitors with plug-in electric vehicles, CU provides a set hourly rate while charging (visitors pay additional standard parking rates)

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:
In support of CU Boulder's environmental initiatives, the university provides Level II chargers to staff and visitors for personal plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) on campus, with 45 total ports for commuters at locations on both Main and East campuses (as of April 2021). The chargers are on the ChargePoint network. http://www.colorado.edu/pts/getting-around/car/electric-vehicle-charging

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 main reason that employees choose to live farther from campus is related to the cost of housing in Boulder. The Faculty Housing Assistance Program aims to reduce the cost of housing for faculty by making it less costly to obtain a mortgage. See: http://www.colorado.edu/facultyaffairs/sites/default/files/attached-files/faculty_housing_assistance_program_fhap_description_remediated.pdf The university also provides Student/Family housing at three locations adjacent to campus for graduate level students and staff. https://www.colorado.edu/living/housing/graduate-and-family-housing

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:
CU provides a wide variety of programs and services to reduce reliance on personally owned cars including a robust bike program, bus program, subisidized vanpooling, Guaranteed ride home, carpool matching and transit including late night service and ski bus in the winther. CU's Bike Program is Goal level Bicycle Friendly university due to the varienty of programs that support bike commuters, including two bike stations which offer maintenance and services, eight stand-alone tool stands are located across campus, 3 secure bike storage facilities, Semester bike rentals, funding of bike share, classes for maintenance, and outreach events like the annual Bike Fest. All students and staff (full time staff working 50% of greater) receive bus passes that provide universal access to transit in the region. Transit service includes buses and lightrail through RTD, as well as the campus "Buff Bus" shuttles. Late Night Transit service similar to Lyft/UBER is provided for CU students from 10pm-3am on weekends. During the winter months 28 charter bus trips are run from campus to the Vail mountain resorts to take students skiing and snowboarding for just $20. The Guaranteed Ride Home program (GRH) at CU provides a free taxi ride home in the event of an emergency or work schedule change. For vanpooling the university is part of the "My Way to Go" vanpool program and subsidizes the cost to get the monthly rate down to a set fee of $50 a month per rider. Furthermore, riders who fall below a set annual income are eligible for a further $30/mo subsidy to reduce the financial impact of the program. In select lots, Parking Services provides carpool parking. In order to help users find carpool partners, the university does ongoing outreach about two ride matching services, Waze Carpool and My Way to Go.

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:
Transportation Master Plan https://www.colorado.edu/masterplan/tmp
Environmental Center- http://www.colorado.edu/ecenter/transportation or Parking and Transportation- https://www.colorado.edu/pts/

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