Overall Rating Reporter
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Liaison Chelsea Hamilton
Submission Date March 5, 2020

STARS v2.2

Vanderbilt University
OP-17: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter Chelsea Hamilton
Sustainability Outreach Coordinator
Sustainability and Environmental Management Office
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Does the institution have a bicycle-sharing program or participate in a local bicycle-sharing program?:
Yes

A brief description of the bicycle sharing program:

VanderBikes is a Vanderbilt student run organization offering bicycle rentals. The program gives the students the ease of bicycle transportation without having to worry about storage and maintenance and encourages students to explore Nashville beyond Vanderbilt’s borders. http://studentorgs.vanderbilt.edu/vanderbikes/

Two bike-sharing programs are available near the Vanderbilt campus: a fee-based, automated kiosk system called Nashville B-Cycle, and Nashville GreenBikes, an easy-to-use bike-share program that gives residents and visitors a healthy, and decidedly different way to experience Nashville.
http://nashville.bcycle.com/
Vanderbilt piloted ofo dockless bike sharing system in March 2018 for the VU community and looks to add additional bike share options in the future.https://www.ofo.com/us/en


Does the institution participate in a car sharing program?:
Yes

A brief description of the car sharing program:

Vanderbilt offers a membership-based car sharing program with Zipcar. All Vanderbilt faculty, staff, students, alumni and departments may apply for the Zipcar program and take advantage of reduced rates on rentals.
https://www.vanderbilt.edu/movevu/commuter-options/
Vanderbilt also partners with ridehail companies and has designated pick-up and drop-off locations around campus.


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

A brief description of the incentives for fuel efficient vehicles:

Many parking areas have preferred parking for fuel-efficient vehicles.


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:

Vanderbilt University has 17 charging stations on the academic portion of campus. Seven are in garages and 10 are part of a Smart Modal Area Recharge Terminal, or SMART station. The SMART station is a joint project of Vanderbilt, the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Electric Power Research Institute to collect data on the operation of a charging station as well as the integration of the station into the operation of a “smart” power grid. This data will inform the further development of Tennessee’s electric vehicle infrastructure.
https://www.vanderbilt.edu/movevu/parking-options/additional-parking-options/


Does the institution have incentives or programs to encourage employees to live close to campus?:
Yes

A brief description of the incentives or programs to encourage employees to live close to campus:

The Transportation and Mobility Office has launched the MoveVU Commute Hub as a one-stop commuter information resource for the Vanderbilt community. The Commute Hub, which includes a new app and website that tracks users’ commuting behavior, allows Vanderbilt staff, faculty and students to better understand their commute options beyond driving alone—including WeGo public transit, bicycles, scooters, walking, carpooling and vanpooling.

The tool is an effort of MoveVU, Vanderbilt’s strategic transportation and mobility plan. MoveVU aims to give commuters more options to choose from when making the daily decision on how to travel to campus and provides greater flexibility to match their dynamic lifestyles.

The MoveVU Commute Hub will allow commuters to:
• Understand their commute options beyond driving alone
• Connect with other Vanderbilt commuters interested in carpooling or vanpooling
• Track the mode in which they choose to commute to campus each day using the Commute Calendar feature
• See the impact they’re making by choosing sustainable commutes through their monthly commute statement
• Earn incentives and rewards that will roll out over time for their sustainable commutes
• Coming soon: Gain access to the Guaranteed Ride Home program in the event of an emergency or unforeseen circumstance when they have used a sustainable commute option that day


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:

The Transportation and Mobility Office has launched the MoveVU Commute Hub as a one-stop commuter information resource for the Vanderbilt community. The Commute Hub, which includes a new app and website that tracks users’ commuting behavior, allows Vanderbilt staff, faculty and students to better understand their commute options beyond driving alone—including WeGo public transit, bicycles, scooters, walking, carpooling and vanpooling.

The tool is an effort of MoveVU, Vanderbilt’s strategic transportation and mobility plan. MoveVU aims to give commuters more options to choose from when making the daily decision on how to travel to campus and provides greater flexibility to match their dynamic lifestyles.

The MoveVU Commute Hub will allow commuters to:
• Understand their commute options beyond driving alone
• Connect with other Vanderbilt commuters interested in carpooling or vanpooling
• Track the mode in which they choose to commute to campus each day using the Commute Calendar feature
• See the impact they’re making by choosing sustainable commutes through their monthly commute statement
• Earn incentives and rewards that will roll out over time for their sustainable commutes
• Coming soon: Gain access to the Guaranteed Ride Home program in the event of an emergency or unforeseen circumstance when they have used a sustainable commute option that day
Vanderbilt offers a variety of shuttles made available to students to reduce the need for students to bring their vehicles to campus. These shuttles run on routes to the airport and local stores during various times of the year.


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