Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.05
Liaison Beverley Ayeni
Submission Date Dec. 11, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Toronto Mississauga
OP-17: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Ahmed Azhari
Director, Utilities & Sustainability
Facilities Management & Planning
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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:

UTM BikeShare provides free, 48 hour bicycle rentals to students, staff, and faculty. Educational repairs - both for our bikes and campus community members' bikes - are also available.

In order to rent a bike, users must first register with the program and sign a waiver form. Once registered, users are provided with a bike and lock. Helmets and lights are also available on request. Rentals are for 48 hours and users are permitted to take their rental bikes off-campus provided they return them on time.

BikeShare also hosts the annual UTM Community Bike ride every September, a casual, group ride of approximately 15 km that showcases the best bike paths and trails around the UTM campus.

UTM BikeShare was founded in 2004 and operates 5 days a week from April to October, weather permitting.

Does the institution participate in a car sharing program?:

A brief description of the car sharing program:

UTM hosts Zipcar, a popular car-sharing program that allows users to rent vehicles by the hour or the day. Zipcar on campus is available to all eligible staff, faculty, and students. Users can reserve vehicles online and access them from the designated spots in parking lot 5. On-campus parking, gas, and insurance are included in the rental fee.

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

A brief description of the incentives for fuel efficient vehicles:

The Eco-Park Rebate program is one of the ways in which the University of Toronto Mississauga is actively supporting a green community by promoting the use of low-emission vehicles. This includes hybrid, electric and small engine vehicles that emit less than or equal to 125.0g of CO2/km.

Low-emission vehicles provide us all with environmental benefits; in recognition of the commitment, financial investment, and attitude shift of the vehicle owner, the Eco-Park Rebate program partially reimburses (up to a maximum of $300) an eligible applicant for their annual parking permit. The reimbursement takes place after the end of the parking year being evaluated.

This program is renewed on a year-to-year basis as the popularity of hybrid and electric vehicles is expected to increase annually.

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:

UTM has implemented 3, level 2 electric vehicle charging stations, each of which is capable of charging 2 vehicles at once. There is no additional fee to use the chargers, but a valid UTM parking permit is required. Vehicles may charge for up to 4 hours at one time.

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:


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:

U-Pass - Implemented in 2007, the U-Pass program provides all UTM students (undergraduate, graduate, full and part time) with a pass that allows fare-free unlimited travel on MiWay, Mississauga's local transit provider. The U-Pass fee is included in student fees and cannot be opted out of. In order to board a MiWay bus, the user simply shows their U-Pass card and student ID card to the driver.

Public Transit - The UTM campus is extremely well-served by public transit, with multiple MiWay (Mississauga's public transit service) routes stopping on campus. Brampton Transit also stops on campus, and there are routes that link the campus to GO transit and the Toronto transit systen. In addition, the campus bus shelter is fully enclosed and heated to make improve comfort for those who are waiting for the bus during winter.

Carpool program - this program provides preferential parking to those who travel to campus with a registered carpool. The best parking spots (those closest to the buildings) are reserved for registered carpool users. The program also provides emergency ride home services (reimbursement of taxi fares) for those who must leave campus unexpectedly during the day.

Shuttle bus - UTM operates a shuttle bus service that provides nonstop service from the UTM campus in Mississauga to the St. George (downtown Toronto) campus. The shuttle bus is fare-free for UTM students and can be accessed by St. George community members, faculty, and staff for a fee. The service runs frequently (every 20 minutes) during peak hours. UTM also operates a shuttle bus to Sheridan College for students who are registered in joint UTM-Sheridan programs.

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

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