Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 73.04
Liaison Troy Goodnough
Submission Date March 30, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Minnesota, Morris
OP-18: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.60 / 2.00 Troy Goodnough
Sustainability Director
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 Science building has lockers and and covered bicycle storage outside. Right across the road, pool showers in the Morris P.E. Fitness Center (RFC) are available to all campus bike commuters. Lockers and secure bike storage are available there, as well. There are also bike repairs stations around campus with tools and tire pumps.


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)?:
No

A brief description of the bicycle parking and storage facilities:
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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:
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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:

The Morris Regional Fitness Center (part of the Morris campus) has multi-person bike that is used by students to get around the town. We also have a ZAP program, which counts bike trips to campus by University employees and offers insurance discounts for frequent bike commuters.


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:

While we do not have our own shuttle, we have an approach that works for our rural location. The Morris campus is embedded in the city of Morris. The city of Morris offers cheap public transit that the campus community uses routinely. At the Information Desk on campus, reduced-rate punch cards are sold. Punch cards can be purchased for $10. Between 8AM and 5PM the shuttle stops on campus each hour and you can schedule pickups easily . It is $2.50 without advance notice (at special stops), on weekends and after 6PM. So, it is cheap and easy.


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:
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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?:
Yes

A brief description of the carpool/vanpool program:

Staff members and students frequently use their listservs to arrange carpools.

Additionally, our campus participated in Zimride. Zimride is a website that allows students and faculty at UMM to post ride requests and offers.


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?:
No

A brief description of the car sharing program:
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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 a level 2 charging station available to everyone and it offers free charging.


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:

Although there is not a system-wide policy for telecommuting, information and forms to create your own program are available on the website listed below.


Does the institution offer a condensed work week option that reduces employee commuting (as a matter of policy or standard practice)?:
Yes

A brief description of the condensed work week option:

A simple application is completed by the employee and then approved by his or her supervisor.


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:

Because we are a rural campus, most of our staff already live in Morris. In fact, roughly 70% of faculty/staff live within 3 miles of campus. The campus culture encourages living close to campus, with special social activities for faculty and staff. There are no "official" incentives.


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:

Because of our campus's rural location and size, a car sharing program wouldn't work. Instead, the Morris Transit bus service stops frequently on campus and also picks students up outside of their scheduled route. The university also contracts with a local coach bus service to shuttle students to and from the Maple Grove Transit Center every weekend.Because of our campus's rural location and size, a car sharing program wouldn't work. Instead, the Morris Transit bus service stops frequently on campus and also picks students up outside of their scheduled route. The university also contracts with a local coach bus service to shuttle students to and from the Maple Grove Transit Center every weekend.


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