Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.84
Liaison Morgan Hartman
Submission Date Dec. 12, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Nebraska - Lincoln
OP-17: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.60 / 1.00 Morgan Hartman
Recycling 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:
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln partners with BikeLNK, Lincoln’s bike share program, as a sponsor of five bike share stations and 12 E-bikes. This sponsorship includes an annual membership discount for all student, faculty, and staff with a valid university email (UNL Aluminum Access membership). The UNL Aluminum Access membership provides 365 days of bike share access for unlimited hour-long trips for a cost of $25, a 75% discount.

The five sponsored stations are located on UNL’s city and east campuses and connect areas of high campus activity and residence halls with the surrounding City of Lincoln network of bikeshare stations. Since April 2018, BikeLNK's station located at the City Campus Union has been the most used BikeLNK station with over 30,000 total bike checkouts. Due to high-frequency demand, the station was expanded in 2019 to double the number of bikes available for use. The average trip between city and east campus using BikeLNK is under 25 minutes and has an estimated impact of nearly 3 pounds of carbon offset when it replaces a trip made by personal vehicle.

Does the institution participate in a car sharing program?:

A brief description of the car sharing program:
The University of Nebraska carshare program was established in July 2014 using Zipcar as the program operator. Unfortunately, due to supply chain issues in acquiring new vehicles, Zipcar has suspended operations at the University of Nebraska in May 2021 to consolidate vehicles to larger carshare markets.

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

A brief description of the incentives for fuel efficient vehicles:
Currently, the University of Nebraska does not provide preferential parking for low emission and fuel-efficient vehicles.

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:
UNL Parking and Transit offers 6 charging stations across city and east campuses. Campus stations are available 24 hours a day for use by the campus community and the general public.

The cost to use the charging station is $1.50 per hour while charging. If vehicles are left plugged in after the charge is complete the cost increases to $3.00 per hour. University of Nebraska faculty, staff, and students using their university email addresses receive a 50% discount on the cost of charging.

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:
Intercampus Bus Route

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln contracts with StarTran to operate bus routes Monday through Friday during the fall and spring semesters. The system of bus routes connecting the UNL campuses throughout the day is designed to ensure timely, cost-effective, and simple access to classes or meetings across the university community. Parking and Transit Services also provides van service to connect East Campus and Nebraska Innovation Campus when classes are in session. Additionally, the partnership with StarTran allows UNL students, staff, and faculty to access all city bus routes. Faculty and Staff with parking permits can receive a bus pass at no additional cost. All students can access the bus system with passes, due to student fees and further subsidization from UNL.


A Carpool Parking Program is available for UNL faculty and staff. It provides a parking permit with a cost-shared among participants. The cost of the carpool permit is the price of a regular non-reserve parking permit and is divided by the number of individuals in the carpool. At least two full-time UNL employees are required to establish a carpool.

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

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
Additional website links:
1. https://bikelnk.bcycle.com/top-nav-pages/home/2021/06/05/university-of-nebraska-lincoln-partnership-sponsors-bikelnk-annual-membership-discount

2. https://bikelnk.bcycle.com/unl-community-other-discounts

3. https://news.unl.edu/newsrooms/today/article/charging-stations-for-electric-vehicles-come-to-campus/

4.. https://parking.unl.edu/campus-bus-service

5. https://parking.unl.edu/special-permits#carpool-program

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