Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.22
Liaison Olivia Wiebe
Submission Date Jan. 28, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Idaho
OP-17: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.60 / 1.00 Rebecca Couch
Director, Parking and Transportation Services
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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:

Plans for bike share implementation did not come to fruition in 2020 as expected. This was not due to COVID, but due to the company merging in late 2019 and being bought out, then the company unable to provide the fleet that was planned for our community due to financial and other reasons.

Does the institution participate in a car sharing program?:

A brief description of the car sharing program:

Zipcar car sharing program discontinued at the U of I in spring 2020. The university has a final contract with an electric vehicle car sharing program for a 24-month pilot program on campus, planned for launch in July 2022. The pilot program will include 14 small electric vehicles that can be rented quickly through the use of an app.

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

A brief description of the incentives for fuel efficient vehicles:

Motorcycles and bicycles have parking located nearest building entrances. Bicycle parking is located throughout the campus pedestrian mall where vehicles are not authorized to drive or park without a special access permit.

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:

The university has two level 2 EV charging stations, with two 240V, J1772 connectors, accessible to the campus and community. Charging stations are located at the Institutional Research and Innovation Center (IRIC) the university's first LEED GOLD building. Users with a ChargePoint account are able to charge electric vehicles for up to four hours for free. There is a small parking meter fee.

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:

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:

The university financially supports Moscow's local public transit (SMART Transit). Uber for University of Idaho was launched in November 2021, providing 100% free Uber trips to students anywhere in Moscow as well as to the Pullman-Moscow airport and to the WSU campus. A bike rental program is being explored at this time for potential launch in fall 2022. Students would be able to rent a bike for a semester or a year. The program, if launched as planned, will include a small fleet of 12 bicycles initially. The university provides the Vandal Break Bus for trips to southern Idaho for academic breaks. This service is heavily promoted to students at recruitment events with encouragement to leave the personal vehicle at home. Parking prices continuing to increase annually and parking availability naturally impacts transportation choice for some at the university.

Website URL where information about the institution’s support for sustainable transportation is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

EV data: Marc Compton, Mechanical Engineer, Facilities
Program/initiative information from Rebecca Couch, UI PTS

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