Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 70.52
Liaison Ruairi O'Mahony
Submission Date Aug. 10, 2016
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STARS v2.1

University of Massachusetts Lowell
OP-18: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Ruairi O'Mahony
Associate Director- Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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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:

The UMass Lowell's Recreation Center provides storage for bicycles over the winter. There are bicycle racks located on every campus and at every dormitory. Bike racks are at the residence halls, Campus Recreation Center, Hawks Nest Café and are all in close proximity to showers and lockers.


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:

UMass Lowell has great bicycle parking coverage across its campuses, students can also store their bikes in their residence halls.


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:

UMass Lowell worked with the City of Lowell to adopt a Complete Streets Policy in 2015.


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:

UMass Lowell has the Freewheelers bike sharing program. This program provides free bicycles for students, faculty and staff. Once a person is registered, he/she can check out and return a bike at any of the 5 campus check-out stations. Bicycles are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
http://www.uml.edu/CampusRecreation/Bike-Shop/FreeWheelers.aspx


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:

UMass Lowell offers free intercampus transportation to all students, faculty and staff.
http://www.uml.edu/student-services/Transportation-Services/Day-Shuttle/Day-Shuttle.aspx


Does the institution offer a guaranteed return trip program to regular users of alternative modes of transportation?:
Yes

A brief description of the guaranteed return trip program:

University employees who take a sustainable mode of transportation two days per week or more are eligible to sign up for a free Emergency Ride Home program.
http://www.uml.edu/student-services/Transportation-Services/SustainableTransportation/employees.aspx


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:

UMass Lowell has a carpooling program that allows members to split the costs of parking permits. The NuRide program will provide matches of potential carpoolers. Preferred parking is an example of one reward offered for carpooling.
http://www.uml.edu/student-services/Transportation-Services/Sustainable-Transportation/carpooling.aspx


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:

UMass Lowell participates in Zipcar, an on-campus, on-demand car rental service.
http://www.uml.edu/student-services/Transportation-Services/Sustainable-
Transportation/zipcar.aspx


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:

UMass Lowell has a total of five EV charging stations (North, South and East Garage, and the Parking Lot at University Crossing).
http://www.uml.edu/News/stories/2014/Electric-Car-Charging-Stations.aspx


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:

NA


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:

NA


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:

UMass Lowell instituted a 'Live-in-Lowell' program in 2015: https://www.uml.edu/HR/Employee-Benefits/Benefited-Employees/Live-In-Lowell-Program.aspx


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:

UMass Lowell is partnering with Nissan to develop preferred purchasing options for the Nissan Leaf. UMass Lowell is also in discussions with other vehicle companies to develop preferred agreements for other alternative vehicles.


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