Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 61.03
Liaison Jennifer Kleindienst
Submission Date Dec. 20, 2019

STARS v2.2

Wesleyan University
OP-17: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Jennifer Kleindienst
Sustainability Coordinator
Finance and Administration
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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:

There is a bike rental program run by Public Safety to promote sustainable transportation on campus and around Middletown. Working on a system of semester-long rental periods, the program caters to students who are unable to bring their own bicycles to campus.


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

A brief description of the car sharing program:

Wesleyan has 4 Zipcars on campus, upgraded from 2 when the program began in 2009.


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

A brief description of the incentives for fuel efficient vehicles:

There are several parking spaces on campus labeled for low-emissions vehicles. Any electric vehicle owner, regardless of assigned parking lot, is allowed to park in the electric vehicle charging parking spaces while charging.


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:

Wesleyan has three Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations, which are open to the campus community and the public. Each station accommodates 2 parking spaces.


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:

Wesleyan operates five local housing programs: the Wesleyan Rental Housing Program, the Wesleyan Houses Advanced Purchase Program, the Wesleyan Advanced Purchase Renovation Program, the Wesleyan Incentive for a Sustainable Campus and the Wesleyan Mortgage Program. Wesleyan owns and maintains a limited number of rental housing units near the campus for the purpose of providing transitional living space for newly appointed faculty, professional librarians, and administrative staff who relocate at the time of their initial appointment at the university. The Advanced Purchase Program and Wesleyan Advanced Purchase Renovation Programs were established to give eligible faculty and staff a chance to buy Wesleyan-owned houses when the houses are no longer required for University use. Houses purchased under this program must be the primary residence of the buyer for at least two years after purchase. Wesleyan provides first mortgage assistance on residential properties for the purpose of supporting and encouraging faculty on at least three-quarters time appointments (excluding visitors and retired faculty), professional librarians, and staff to secure home ownership within reasonable commuting distance of the campus. A sustainable campus is important to Wesleyan and to the environment. Increasing the number of faculty and staff who reside in the Wesleyan neighborhood and walk to work will promote sustainability and will improve the campus experience for all. Yet, despite historic low mortgage rates, many Wesleyan families remain unable to purchase homes due to a shortage of cash toward down payments and renovations. Most of the homes in the Wesleyan neighborhood are 100 years old and in need of renovations. To overcome this barrier to home ownership and to encourage Wesleyan faculty and staff to live on campus, a sustainable incentive program is available on these homes for sale by Wesleyan. The home purchased must be the primary residence of the faculty or staff member as defined by the IRS for at least the two year period following the purchase. Wesleyan will provide a $10,000 price reduction, to eligible faculty or staff who purchase a Wesleyan home.


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:

Wesleyan is a member of CT Rides, which includes a ridematching platform and incentive program. This program is available to all students and employees.


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