Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 58.21
Liaison Julie Hopper
Submission Date July 29, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Southern California
OP-17: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Elias Platte-Bermeo
Sustainability Program Assistant
Office of Sustainability
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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:

Does the institution participate in a car sharing program?:

A brief description of the car sharing program:

USC participates in the Zipcar University Program. Zipcar is a unique car-sharing service for USC students, faculty, and staff providing affordable access to low-emission vehicles by the hour.

More information: https://transnet.usc.edu/index.php/zipcar/

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

A brief description of the incentives for fuel efficient vehicles:

Incentives for fuel efficient vehicles include lower-priced parking permits for EV's, with preferential parking areas.

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:

USC has 2 Level 3 charging stations at the University Park Campus, and 127 Level 2 charging stations at both University Park Campus and Health Science Campus combined, all of which are publicly accessible.

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:

The University of Southern California’s Neighborhood Homeownership Program (NHP), is available to all benefits-eligible employees to encourage them to purchase and occupy homes in the communities surrounding the University Park Campus and Health Sciences Campus. The program was designed to provide employees the opportunity to purchase and own a home close to where they work.

The USC Neighborhood Homeownership Program provides eligible employees with monthly payments over a seven-year period totaling $50,000 or 20% of the home’s purchase price (whichever is less). The stipend will be evenly allocated over 84 months. To receive this benefit, an eligible employee must purchase and occupy a single-family residence within the defined University Park or Health Sciences communities, while employed by the university. Qualifying properties may include single-family homes, townhomes or condominiums that are the sole and primary residence of the borrower. Duplexes or any property that has more than one dwelling unit cannot be purchased through this program.

More information: https://realestate.usc.edu/housing/nhp/

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:

The USC Transit Subsidy Program is designed both to help save money for employees who choose to commute using public transportation and to reduce the number of single-passenger vehicles being used for commuting.

USC employees – both faculty and staff – are eligible for a 50% subsidy on the cost of transit passes purchased through USC Transportation. The program includes LA Metro, LADOT and Metrolink passes, with more options being made available in the future. In addition to the subsidy, employees can pay for their transit passes with pre-tax payroll deductions further increasing the value of the program. In addition, all program participants are eligible for up to three free daily parking passes per month in the Grand Avenue Structure, for use on those occasions when they need to bring a vehicle to campus.

More information: https://transnet.usc.edu/index.php/faculty-staff-subsidy/

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:

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