Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.48
Liaison Amy Brunvand
Submission Date Oct. 21, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Utah
OP-17: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.40 / 1.00 Ginger Cannon
Active Transportation Manager
Sustainability Office
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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:
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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:

The University supports 9 locations for electric vehicle charging at Level 2 and Level 3. A total of 27 EV charging ports are available for commuters and visitors.


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:

Mobility Hub Study
URL: https://www.uofumobilityhub.com/
The University has partnered with multiple agencies to determine the appropriate locations and characteristics for mobility hubs to serve the transportation needs of employees, students, and visitors to their University destination. The study will be used to fund and construct mobility hubs in the next five years.

Clear the Air Travelwise Challenge
URL: https://sustainability.utah.edu/engagement/clear-the-air/
The University participates in the Clear the Air Travelwise Challenge sponsored by the Utah Division of Air Quality and Utah Clean Air Partnership (UCAIR). For the month of February, participants log non-SOV trips individually or in teams and can earn prizes; the University has won the state wide challenge in 2018 and has over 200 teams that participate.

Research Park Connect
URL: https://realestate.utah.edu/research-park/connect/
Research Park Connect is the state of Utah's first transportation management association (TMA) working to enhance transportation options and advocate for projects that will build a sustainable transportation network.

Building More On-Campus Student Housing
While comparable in size and reputation to the other institutions within the PAC-12 Conference, the University of Utah has a reputation as being more of a commuter campus than these schools. In an effort to change this perception, the University has built a new ~1,000 bed housing facility named Kalhert Village. This new housing will meet housing demand for undergraduate students and increase the on-campus, residential presence of campus life and decreased SOV commuting.

U Health Commuters
The University Hospital has spearheaded an effort to reduce SOV driving to their facilities and encourage sustainable transportation choices for employees and patients. The program has dedicated staff and funds to create and market a program brand, provide commuter incentives and communicate support from senior leadership.

UBike Electric
An electric bicycle purchase program intended to help more people improve air quality by cutting personal transportation emissions. The program was a partnership with Utah Clean Energy that offered U community members the opportunity to purchase various models of e-bikes at discounted prices. The program ran through May 2018 and sold over 150 e-bikes to the University community.


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

University of Utah Bicycle Master Plan. Alta Planning + Design and Psomas, prepared for University of Utah Facilities Department, (2011).
URL: https://pdc.utah.edu/bicycle-master-plan/

University of Utah Student Housing Master Plan. Brailsford & Dunlavey; Hanbury, Evans, Wright, Vlattas & Company. (2012)
URL: https://d2vxd53ymoe6ju.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/20170814193918/Student-Housing-Master-Plan-2012.pdf

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