Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 76.71
Liaison Gioia Thompson
Submission Date Feb. 6, 2023

STARS v2.2

University of Vermont
OP-17: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Gioia Thompson
Sustainability Strategist
UVM 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:
UVM has a departmental e-bike sharing program that encourages fleet vehicles trips to be replaced by electric bike trips. The regional bikeshare ceased operations because the underlying business went bankrupt. Planning to replace system in 2023.

Does the institution participate in a car sharing program?:

A brief description of the car sharing program:
UVM subsidizes the local non-profit CarShare Vermont and provides discount memberships to UVM students and employees.

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

A brief description of the incentives for fuel efficient vehicles:
All electric vehicles may park at any EV station on campus, regardless of zone the vehicles is permitted for. EV stations are located in highly desirable areas of campus that most permit-holders cannot normally access.

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:
All 18 Level 2 and 2 Level 1 charging ports are accessible to all students and employees

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 CATMA walk/bike rewards program provides gift cards to local businesses for those who are able to walk and bike to campus regularly.

UVM is building employee and graduate student housing within close proximity to campus to help employees live closer 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:
UVM covers the full cost of student and employee bus tickets on the regional bus authority, Green Mountain Transit.

All building entrances accommodate bike parking.

Carpoolers may use priority parking, skipping the green zone waitlist, that is currently a 10-year waitlist.

Guaranteed Ride Home: allows employees who use sustainable transportation methods a free ride home in case of emergency.

Introduced a daily parking pass to reduce the sunk cost of semester-long or annual passes. This new pass encourages those who can commute sustainably part of the week to do so.

UVM promotes the Go Vermont! Program that gives sustainable commuters rewards, like discounts to local business, for each clean commute.

UVM has a student-operated bike co-op on campus that functions as a bike shop available to any employees or students. All labor is free and parts are at cost.

UVM has recently invested over $300k in new covered bike racks to encourage biking in all weather conditions.

UVM offers educational opportunities on safe biking and locking practices, winter bike riding, and Vermont bike laws. Participants receive free high quality U-locks and light sets.

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

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