Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 52.81
Liaison Chad King
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2016
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STARS v2.0

University of Denver
OP-21: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.75 / 2.00 Chad King
Sustainability Coordinator
Sustainbility
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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:

DU has a number of buildings with showers for bicyclists including the Ritchie Center (Sports and Wellness), Craig Hall, Nagel Hall, Anderson Academic Commons, Morgridge College of Education, and the Sturm College of Law.


Does the institution provide short-term bicycle parking (e.g. racks) within 50 ft (15 m) of all occupied, non-residential buildings and make long-term bicycle storage available within 330 ft (100 m) of all residence halls (if applicable)?:
Yes

A brief description of the bicycle parking and storage facilities:

DU provides over 170 bicycle racks, with the ability to accommodate over 1500 bikes across campus. Long-term, larger corrals are placed in proximity to residence halls.


Does the institution have a “complete streets” or bicycle accommodation policy (or adhere to a local community policy) and/or have a continuous network of dedicated bicycle and pedestrian paths and lanes?:
No

A brief description of the bicycle/pedestrian policy and/or network:
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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:

DU offers bike sharing as part of a city-wide program (Denver B-cycle). There are approximately 43 stations with 400 bikes in the Denver region, including 2 stations with 20 bikes on or adjacent to the University of Denver campus. DU was an early-adopter of the city bike sharing system and helped launch a pilot program in 2009 with two stations and 10 bikes. The pilot program was conducted to test technology and marketing strategy in closed systems (both at DU and at a City of Denver office) before city-wide launch in spring 2010.

The bike share system is open to the public, but requires a membership to use the bikes. Memberships may be purchased at daily ($5), weekly, monthly and annual ($65) rates. There is a reduced membership fee for students. Membership grants unlimited access to the bikes for the duration of membership (daily, weekly, etc). Use of the bikes once a membership is purchased is free for the first 30 minutes, with a sliding scale after that. A full-day use is $65, plus the membership fee.

DU also operates its own long-term bike share program, with 20 bikes in a bike library for quarterly rentals of $20 per quarter.


Is the institution certified as a Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists (U.S.) or under a similar third party certification covering non-motorized transportation?:
Yes

A brief description of the certification, including date certified and level:

DU was certified as a bronze Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists in 2012


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 program(s), including availability, participation levels, and specifics about discounts or subsidies offered (including pre-tax options):

All full-time undergraduate and law students, and full-time graduate students in participating programs are eligible for academic year all-access transit passes through RTD (College Pass). All full time employees also receive annual all-access transit passes through RTD (EcoPass)


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

A brief description of the GRT 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?:
No

A brief description of the carpool/vanpool program:
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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:

The University partners with Enterprise Carshare to provide an on campus car-sharing program. This program offers students (18 years+), faculty, and staff 24-hour access to hourly, daily, and overnight rentals, and discounts for Enterprise rentals. Three cars are located on campus.

Car2Go also operates in the area, with over 300 cars in the city available for student and employee use for one way trips.

ZipCar has also placed three cars at the edge of campus, providing one more option.


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:

We have one charging station, part of the ChargePoint network.


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:
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Does the institution offer a condensed work week option for employees as a matter of policy or as standard practice?:
Yes

A brief description of the condensed work week program:

The University supports the principles of flex time for its employees in order to allow employees to maintain a work/life balance and better service to the public. It is the policy of the University to encourage each employing department to approve the reasonable requests of employees for alternative work schedules when such requests are consistent with the needs of the department to accomplish its objectives.

The University retains the right to specify certain designated work schedules affecting employees or groups of employees. Flex time may be changed or reversed to standard hours by the approving supervisor as needed to meet department needs. Daily or weekly schedules may be changed from time to time at the discretion of the University to meeting varying business conditions.


Does the institution have incentives or programs to encourage employees to live close to campus?:
No

A brief description of the incentives or programs to encourage employees to live close to campus:
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Does the institution have other incentives or programs to encourage more sustainable modes of transportation and reduce the impact of student and employee commuting?:
Yes

A brief description of other sustainable transportation initiatives and programs:

The Center for Sustainability runs a campus bike shop, offering free tuneups to any employees or students who commute by bike. Bike to Work day, and bike to work breakfasts in the summer provide additional encouragement for commuting by bicycle.


The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable transportation program(s) is available:

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