Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.39
Liaison Phil Valko
Submission Date March 4, 2022

STARS v2.2

Washington University in St. Louis
OP-17: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Aamna Anwer
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainabilty
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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:

In the summer and fall of 2018, the university had partnered with Lime Bike to offer a bike sharing program on the Danforth campus. The program included 26 bikes available on campus daily, and significant ride discounts for students. Starting early 2019, dockless bike share operators in St. Louis started to phase out pedal bikes and increase the deployment of e-scooters. As a result, the university bike share program through Lime Bike was forced to stop.

Does the institution participate in a car sharing program?:

A brief description of the car sharing program:

The university partners with Enterprise Rent-A-Car to provide a car sharing program service to the campus community. Students, faculty, and staff over the age of 18 can rent vehicles at an hourly rate from a number of convenient locations on campus. The vehicles are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and can be reserved online within minutes of need.
For more information, please visit: https://parking.wustl.edu/items/enterprise-carshare/

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

A brief description of the incentives for fuel efficient vehicles:

Electric Vehicle charging stations are located conveniently by building entrances. One of the parking garages reserve corner spots for compact 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?:

A brief description of the electric vehicle recharging stations:

The university has eight level 2 charging spaces on the main campus. On the Medical School campus, the University has twenty-two level 2 charging spaces.
For more information, please visit: https://sustainability.wustl.edu/get-involved/alternative-transportation/electric-vehicle-charging-locations/

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:

Forgivable loans are offered to eligible employees seeking housing in select neighborhoods close to the university's campuses. Qualified employees who purchase a home as a primary residence in one of the eligible neighborhoods will receive the lesser of five percent of the home’s purchase price (up to $12,500), to be used to pay either part of the down payment or the closing cost on a home purchase. The loan is forgiven if the employee remains in the home for five years.
For more information, please visit: https://sustainability.wustl.edu/get-involved/alternative-transportation/live-near-your-work/

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:

WashU employs a dedicated Alternative Transportation Coordinator housed within Parking and Transportation Services whose goal is decreasing Single-Occupancy Vehicle (SOV) commuting at WashU.

The Occasional Parking Program (OPP) is a way for WashU employees to use multiple modes of transportation to work without committing to a full parking permit. The OPP provides up to 480 hours of parking at a reduced hourly rate.

Bearly Drivers is a carpool program that allows full-time faculty and staff to share the cost of a parking permit.

WashU Rides is a free commuter platform supported by RideAmigos that helps connect students and employees with their commute options. Users can form carpools or bikepools, map their public transit route, and use the interactive map to find transportation-related information. WashU Rides also allows users to log their trips to track money savings, CO2 reductions and calories burned. The platform allows for gamification which is an exciting way to encourage the WashU community to try new sustainable modes of transportation.

The Flexible Work Arrangement policy allows employees to work with their managers on an arrangement that works best for them. This allows eligible employees to decrease the amount of time commuting to and from work.

The Active Commuter Hub is an amenity available to all WashU staff, faculty, students, and Basic Service Contractors. The Hub allows access to private showers and lockers for individuals who utilize active modes of transportation to prepare for their days. The membership fees are nominal and no one is turned away for lack of funds.

The Campus Sustainability Map is a resource for the WashU community to location a host of points of interest related to sustainability across campus. Users can find bike racks, electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, bottle filling stations, native and performative plantings, dining locations that accept compost, and sustainable features about buildings.

The Campus Shuttle System provides convenient rides around campus, to neighborhoods heavily populated by students, and an after-hours ride home service.

Every October and April, the Office of Sustainability and Parking & Transportation Services collaborate on Active Transportation Months aimed at encouraging use of sustainable modes of transportation. Most notably, there are several free bike tune-ups offered during these months that are very popular with the WashU community.

WashU participates in the Guaranteed Ride Home program offered by RideFinders for carpooling and Citizens for Modern Transit for transit, biking and walking.

WashU provides free bike registration via 529 Garage, a national bike registry, to help return recovered stolen bikes to their owners.

For more information, please visit: https://parking.wustl.edu/smartcommute/

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