Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.88
Liaison Nadia Harduar
Submission Date April 21, 2016
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STARS v2.0

University of Ontario Institute of Technology
IN-3: Innovation 3

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Shannon Oletic
Asset and Sustainability Planner
Office of Campus Infrastructure and Sustainability
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
UOIT Professor-developed Carpooling App - Blancride

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

Blancride is an innovative carpooling app that was developed by UOIT Professor Hamid Akbari. It was piloted at UOIT as the University has a large number of students that commute. Since it's launch in 2014 Blancride has been a major focus of the University's sustainable transportation platform. The Office of Campus Infrastructure and Sustainability (OCIS) has worked closely with Professor Akbari and the Blancride team to ensure the UOIT community understands how to use the app and the benefits of carpooling. OCIS and Blancride have set up booths across campus informing the students about the app. Together, the two teams hope to change the culture of student and staff commuters.

A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

The promotion of Blancride will reduce the amount of singe-occupancy vehicles commuting to UOIT, reducing the University's Scope 3 GHG emissions. Additionally, individual app users can track their carbon footprint and GHG emissions saved through the app.

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Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of five):
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