Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.20
Liaison Jonathan Rausseo
Submission Date March 29, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of Ottawa
OP-18: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.60 / 2.00 Daniel Spence
Sustainable Transportation Manager
Parking and Sustainable Transportation
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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 University of Ottawa has various end facilities for cyclists. There are two secure bike enclosure spaces on campus. The staff and students have access to showering facilities for free via the sports services. Lockers are available on a daily basis.


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)?:
Yes

A brief description of the bicycle parking and storage facilities:

The University of Ottawa offers hundreds of outdoor bike parking spaces located adjacent to the main entrance of most buildings, as well as in other locations. Short term and long term bike storage is also available for students living in residence. A limited number of spaces are also available for off campus students.


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?:
Yes

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

The University of Ottawa works with the City of Ottawa to harmonize our transportation efforts. The new campus master plan details how the campus is moving towards becoming more pedestrian friendly by implementing a car-free campus core, segregated bike lanes, and pedestrian only zones. The campus master plan details how the University of Ottawa will develop its spaces over the next 30 years.


Does the institution have a bicycle-sharing program or participate in a local bicycle-sharing program?:
No

A brief description of the bicycle sharing program:

The University no longer runs its own bike share program. Other programs are allowed to operate on the campus and the University of Ottawa does run a bike coop, which builds bikes for community members. At the end of 2017, the University of Ottawa negotiated to have a bike sharing company come to the campus. The program will be launched fully in 2018 but it was not up and running at the time of the submission.


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:

The University of Ottawa operates a free shuttle service that runs between the campus and its satellites. The University of Ottawa's students have a Universal Bus Pass which offers a discount for all graduate and undergraduate students.


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

A brief description of the guaranteed return trip program:

The University of Ottawa operates an emergency ride program for individuals who carpool to the campus.


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:

The University operates a carpool program which offers preferential parking spaces. There is no financial incentive for carpooling to the campus.


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?:
Yes

A brief description of the car sharing program:

The University of Ottawa offers parking spaces on campus to VrtuCar, a local car sharing program.


Does the institution have one or more Level 2 or Level 3 electric vehicle recharging stations that are accessible to student and employee commuters?:
No

A brief description of the electric vehicle recharging stations:

Currently the University only has several level 1 chargers. There are plans to install higher level charges but at the time of this submission.


Does the institution offer a telecommuting program for employees as a matter of policy or as standard practice?:
No

A brief description of the telecommuting program:

Currently there is no formal policy about telecommuting.


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:

Employees are allowed to work either reduced hours or bank their hours to take off time during the work week.


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:

The University of Ottawa does not yet have a local housing program.


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)?:
No

A brief description of other strategies to reduce the impact of commuting:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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