Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 36.07
Liaison Michelle Bennett
Submission Date Jan. 31, 2020
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STARS v2.1

University of Delaware
OP-18: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.20 / 2.00 Michelle Bennett
Sustainability Manager
Facilities
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Does the institution provide secure bicycle storage (not including office space), shower facilities, and lockers for bicycle commuters?:
No

A brief description of the facilities for bicycle commuters:

UD has secure bicycle storage across campus and there are shower facilities in many buildings (not just athletic), but their location is poorly communicated. There are no locker facilities dedicated to bicycle commuters.


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)?:
Yes

A brief description of the bicycle parking and storage facilities:

Short-term and long-term bicycle facilities are readily available on campus, and all new buildings are built to LEED Silver standards including bicycle racks, but we do not currently have enough data to certify that they are so located within 50ft or 100 ft of *all* buildings. There are over 300 buildings on the Newark Campus, some of which serve a very small research population.


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?:
No

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

No, but we are investing in expanding existing bicycle networks on campus, and we are partnering with the local municipality to expand walking / biking networks in the local community. We are beginning the process of investigating such a policy.


Does the institution have a bicycle-sharing program or participate in a local bicycle-sharing program?:
No

A brief description of the bicycle sharing program:

A bicycle-sharing program is planned, with an announcement to come in summer or fall of 2016. The program is currently on hold pending a transportation safety review so that we can ensure the program places its bicycles in safe and convenient locations throughout campus. This program has also partnered with the city of Newark to roll out bike-share across the community.


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:

UD operates free campus shuttle services for all UD community members.


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:

However there are 3rd party options that operate on campus, independent of UD. For example, BikeShare Delaware is invited to campus outreach events at the beginning of each semester, and promoted on our websites to encourage more sustainable transit options.


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:

Carpoolers receive a discounted parking permit and day passes for the days when they can't carpool together.


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:

UD has several ZIPcars available on campus to any ZIPcar members.


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:

There are two Level 2 electric vehicle recharge stations near central campus, and access to several Level 2 and Level 3 recharge stations on south campus. The south campus recharge stations are affiliated with a research study in vehicle-to-grid technologies, so availability depends on research activity. However, if users retrofit their cars with V2G technology in coordination with the research study, they can earn money while their vehicles are plugged in.


Does the institution offer a telecommuting program for employees as a matter of policy or as standard practice?:
No

A brief description of the telecommuting program:

Each office or department has independent policies.


Does the institution offer a condensed work week option that reduces employee commuting (as a matter of policy or standard practice)?:
No

A brief description of the condensed work week option:

Each office or department has independent policies.


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:

Employees can qualify for a loan and real estate assistance from the University.


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)?:
No

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

UD is investigating several options as part of our climate GHG reduction goals.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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