Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 63.29
Liaison Allison Mihalich
Submission Date Oct. 13, 2017
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STARS v2.1

University of Notre Dame
OP-18: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
2.00 / 2.00 Mike Seamon
Vice President
Campus Safety & University Operatis
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Does the institution provide secure bicycle storage (not including office space), shower facilities, and lockers for bicycle commuters?:

A brief description of the facilities for bicycle commuters:

Our campus has two recreation centers that are available to employees and students, and these centers provide showers, secure bike storage and lockers. Additionally, at several LEED buildings on campus there are facilities provided for bicyclists. The facilities provided are single-occupancy, secure shower rooms including lockers and secure bike storage.

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)?:

A brief description of the bicycle parking and storage facilities:

Bicycle racks are available all across campus for safe and secure bicycle parking. Long term bicycle storage is available through Notre Dame Security Police.

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?:

A brief description of the bicycle and pedestrian plan or policy:

The ND Security Police post and enforce safe bicycle riding on campus: Register your bicycle with NDSP and display the tag visibly on the bike. Registration is free and can be completed in person with your bicycle, by flagging down an officer or at one of several registration events held throughout the year. Parking is available throughout campus at designated bicycle racks. Do not park bikes in buildings without permission from the hall or facility manager. Do not lock bikes to any tree, plant shrub or foliage. Do not park bikes or secure bikes to any entrance/exit ramp, stairway, or stairwell railing. Do not lock bikes to anything other than bike racks. Do not block any exit or entrance to a University building or in any areas prohibited by signs. Stunt riding, trick riding or free styling is not permitted on University property.

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 arrival of LimeBike on campus means you no longer need to bring your bike with you. LimeBike is a stationless bicycle program that utilizes modern mobile technology to make biking universally available and affordable. LimeBikes are available in South Bend and surrounding college campuses. The Morris Inn, Notre Dame's on campus hotel, maintains a bicycle station with 10-15 uniformly painted bicycles and allows guests of the hotel to use them during their visit. The Office of Sustainability operates the ReCYCLE program, repurposing abandoned bicycles for departments across campus to use.

Does the institution offer free or reduced price transit passes and/or operate a free campus shuttle for commuters?:

A brief description of the mass transit programs:

Fare-free transportation is provided for University students, faculty, and staff on all TRANSPO routes throughout the South Bend/Mishawaka system with a valid University ID. It is possible to load and transport a bike on the bus.
The SWEEP service is free for the University of Notre Dame students, faculty, and staff with a valid id. The SWEEP covers a 40 minute loop and connects with the #7 TRANSPO bus on campus.
A free Shuttle system is used on campus to get from parking areas to campus buildings.

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

A brief description of the guaranteed return trip program:

The free Shuttle system hours have been adjusted to accommodate late working staff and students. The University also operates a SafeBouND service when classes are in session. On Sunday through Wednesday from 9:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. personnel may request a golfcart escort, on Thursday through Saturday from 9:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. a walking escort will be provided.

Does the institution participate in a car/vanpool or ride sharing program and/or offer reduced parking fees or preferential parking for car/vanpoolers?:

A brief description of the carpool/vanpool program:

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?:

A brief description of the car sharing program:

Notre Dame has a partnership with Zipcar Inc., providing the campus with access to 5 vehicles from the world’s leading car-sharing service. The option of reserving a high-efficiency, low-cost and convenient Zipcar encourages students on campus to leave their cars at home during the school year.

Zipcars are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to all students, faculty, and staff members, ages 18 and older. Gas, 180 miles per day, insurance, reserved parking spots and roadside assistance are included in the hourly and daily Zipcar rates. Cars can be reserved for as short as an hour or for up to four days. Zipcar provides the entire Notre Dame community with a greater freedom to run errands, attend meetings, or get away for the weekend, without the hassle of owning a car.

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:

There are currently seven electric vehicle charging stations on campus. Five of those stations are for use by the university fleet and the other two are available for use by the Notre Dame community. A $25 yearly permit is required to use the charging stations.
If you are a visitor on campus who would like to use the charging stations, temporary passes can be obtained at the Morris Inn, from NDSP or from the Office of Sustainability. There is no charge for temporary passes.

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

A brief description of the telecommuting program:

The University of Notre Dame recognizes the challenges employees may face in balancing the demands of the work place with family needs. In light of technological advances and in recognition that some positions may be conducive to less traditional work site arrangements, this Alternative Work Site Policy is established. The policy allows for the creation of alternative work site assignments either temporary or long-term (indefinite) in nature as mutually agreed to by the individual employee, the manager and the department head.

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

A brief description of the condensed work week option:

In addition to standard and summer work schedules, alternative work arrangements are available with departmental approval. The alternative work arrangement should support the business operations and not interfere with the needs of the department. The following are examples of alternative work patterns:

• Flex time -The number of hours worked daily remains constant, but shifts are predetermined, with start and finish times staggered at 15 or 30 minute intervals. This arrangement is with supervisory discretion and approval.
• Job sharing -The division of responsibilities and labor of a single full-time position between two or more employees, each working less than full-time may be considered job sharing. The employees may perform all elements of the work or divide the tasks. Employees may alternate days, weeks, or may split days. Individual benefits are based on the number of hours worked.
• Compressed work week -Work weeks are scheduled such that full-time employees work longer hours but fewer days per week. A typical example is 4, 10-hour days per week.

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:

University of Notre Dame Asset Management office organizes local housing for Notre Dame employees and visiting faculty.
We manage a portfolio of on-campus apartments reserved for visiting faculty, nine newly-constructed 3-story row houses facing campus on Angela Boulevard, and off-campus single-family rental houses owned by the University in neighborhoods close to campus made available to full-time faculty and staff employees.
Northeast Neighborhood Revitalization: We facilitate revitalization efforts in the Northeast Neighborhood located immediately south of campus through a variety of different initiatives:
– Eddy Street Commons: A $200+ million mixed-use commercial and residential development of Kite Realty Group at the intersection of Angela Boulevard and Eddy Street, adjacent to campus.
– Notre Dame Avenue Housing Program: The opportunity for full-time faculty and staff employees to build new homes close to campus according to University guidelines.
Triangle Redevelopment: New single-family detached homes being developed by the Northeast Neighborhood Revitalization Organization (NNRO) in conjunction with South Bend Heritage Foundation (SBHF).
Property Acquisitions: We acquire, on behalf of the University, properties located close to campus.

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)?:

A brief description of other strategies to reduce the impact of commuting:

In August 2009 the University announced a new preferred parking program for Low Emitting Vehicles (LEVs). Over 50 preferred parking spaces are available in six lots on campus for qualifying low emissions vehicles. These spaces are marked with special signage and are available to Notre Dame faculty, staff, and graduate students.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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