Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.89
Liaison Eva Rocke
Submission Date June 30, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Montana
OP-17: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
1.00 / 1.00 Madeleine Jones
ASUM Sustainability Coordinator
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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:

UM offers an affordable bike rental program through ASUM Transportation for UM students, staff, and faculty. Bikes are available on a short term (weekly/monthly) basis or a longer term rental (semester/year). Bike rentals include a cruiser bike, helmet, U-lock, and free maintenance through the duration of the rental.

Does the institution participate in a car sharing program?:

A brief description of the car sharing program:

A local Missoula company, Missoula Ravalli TMA, is a nonprofit organization that connects individuals with others who have similar work or school schedules wanting to cut their commute cost. Their most popular service for university employees is a vanpool which is a prearranged group of five to fifteen people who share their commute to and from work or school.

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

A brief description of the incentives for fuel efficient vehicles:

UM offers a discount "Go Green" parking permit for electric, hybrid engines meeting EPA "SmartWay Elite" ALL STATES standards.

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:

In spring 2021 the university installed 4 Level 2 Chargepoint EV charging stations across campus.

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:

ASUM Transportation has several programs to encourage more sustainable commuting across the campus community.

UM offers a reduced price parking permit for those who carpool. To qualify, car pool must have at least three commuting (not Residence Halls) members with three registered vehicles. https://www.umt.edu/police/parking/Parking%20Information/Permit%20Options.php

UM participates in the Missoula-wide event, Walk and Roll Week. Since 1992, Missoula has organized a week-long, community-wide celebration encouraging all Missoulians to travel sustainably by bicycle, bus, and on foot. For one week in September, attention is focused on getting around Missoula in the most healthy and fun ways possible with the goal of encouraging UM staff/faculty/students to build sustainable commuting habits early in the semester. UM has had tabling and events such as a scavenger hunt during this week, in addition to direct outreach to employees.

ASUM Transportation hires Transportation Ambassadors, students who do direct outreach to educate about sustainable commute options and their benefits as well as encourage sustainable commuting.

ASUM Transportation hosts an annual Commuter Challenge. This is a competition across departments to get every member of the department to commute sustainably at least once during the two week competition. https://www.umt.edu/transportation/about/events/commuter-challenge.php

ASUM Transportation also offers bike tours and workshops to help showcase regular commute trails and routes and to teach basic bike maintenance to reduce barriers to sustainable commuting by bike.

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

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