Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.39
Liaison Shane Stennes
Submission Date Dec. 15, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
OP-21: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
2.00 / 2.00 Steve Sanders
Sustainability Coordinator
Transportation
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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:

We offer bike lockers, secure bike rooms in buildings and parking ramps and showers at the Bike Center and in various buildings.


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:

There are racks available within that distance at all 11 residence halls. There are bike lockers/secure parking available within that distance at 9 of 11 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?:
Yes

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

A map is publically available here:
http://www1.umn.edu/pts/maps/Library/pdf/Bike_2014.pdf


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:

There are 1,550 bikes in the Nice Ride metropolitan system https://www.niceridemn.org/. 15 stations are located on campus. Total capacity of University-only stations 250 - 300 bikes. The University also operates its own daily/semester/year rental system.


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:

The University was certified a gold-level institution in 2012 and is currently reapplying to the program.


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):

for students: http://www1.umn.edu/pts/bus/upass.html 20,000 + sold per semester
for staff: http://www1.umn.edu/pts/bus/metropass.html 1,500 + participants


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

A brief description of the GRT program:
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:

Carpool has a 4% mode share and carpoolers receive discounted parking fees.


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 contracts with a local nonprofit to provide car-sharing services http://www.hourcar.org/


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:

The University has 6 Level 2 chargers with the capacity to charge 12 total cars at any one time. We have one Level 3 charger. All of the chargers are available free of charge - parking fees apply - to members of the University community and the public.


Does the institution offer a telecommuting program for employees as a matter of policy or as standard practice?:
Yes

A brief description of the telecommuting program:

From the Human Resources website:
Telecommuting is a work arrangement in which an employee carries out all or some of the duties of the job at home or another alternate work location. While most positions at the University require staff to report to University locations, some employees can accomplish the duties of their jobs while working off-campus. For example:

An employee works in the office Monday-Thursday and telecommutes from a home office on Friday
An employee works in the office 6:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and telecommutes from a home office for two hours each afternoon.


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:

From the Human Resources website:

This option allows employees to work a 40-hour work week in less than the traditional 8-hour day, 5-day work week. For example:

An employee works four 10-hour days
An employee works four 9-hour days and a half day on Friday


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:
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 University operates a biking incentive program(ZAP) that rewards employees who bike reductions in their health insurance premiums. Students in the program are rewarded with gift cards to local businesses. Nearly 3,500 registered participants to date, pretty evenly split between staff and students. https://www.derozap.com/umn/?s=about

As mentioned previously, Metropass and U-Pass and carpool and bike share incentives and discounts.


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

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