Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.94
Liaison Corey Peterson
Submission Date July 15, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Tasmania
OP-17: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.40 / 1.00 Sustainability Team
UTAS
Infrastructure Services and Development
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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:
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Does the institution participate in a car sharing program?:
No

A brief description of the car sharing program:
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Does the institution offer preferential parking or other incentives for fuel efficient vehicles?:
No

A brief description of the incentives for fuel efficient vehicles:

There are some parking spaces reserved for fuel efficient vehicles, but this is not reinforced


Does the institution have one or more Level 2 or Level 3 electric vehicle recharging stations that are accessible to student and employee commuters?:
Yes

A brief description of the electric vehicle recharging stations:

A new electric car charging station has been installed at the Sandy Bay. Chargers at Newnham and West Park campuses will be installed in 2020. These stations will be available for private cars. This has been possible thanks to a fund matching ChargeSmart grant from the Tasmanian Government


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:
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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?:
Yes

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:

There have been a number of improvements to the University’s transport options brought about by changes to transport infrastructure, bus services, the location of some key facilities, awareness and behaviour change campaigns, and academic projects. In summary, improvements include (but are not limited to):
• Upgrading of virtual transport facilities (video and internet-based conferencing facilities);
• Changes in parking and carpool parking supply and pricing;
• Relocation and expansion of some major facilities in the Hobart CBD (specifically, the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), and expansion of the Medical Sciences Precinct and Domain facilities);
• Upgrading of active transport facilities, such as the installation of new or retrofitted fullfeatured end-of-trip cycle facilities (e.g. bike hubs with electric bike charging points, repair and water stations) in new facilities and key entry points on main campuses;
• Improvements to way-finding signage;
• Installation of new and upgraded bus stop shelters at all main campuses, including signage improvements;
• Implementation of a high frequency (15 min) ‘Turn Up and Go’ bus service between the Newnham and Inveresk campuses and the Launceston CBD, and expansion of the Unibus Sandy Bay to Hobart city service to a ‘Turn Up and Go’ through service reaching to the far north and eastern suburbs;
• Public transport card incentives (e.g., free card and initital amount charged into card at the beginning of semester 1 for some of the new students)
• Introduction of hybrid and electric vehicles into the University vehicle fleet; and
• Awareness-raising and sustainable transport choices promotional campaigns, and promotional and educational tools for informing those accessing university campuses about safe bike routes and behaviour choices, such as through the ‘Decide your Ride’ initiative


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

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