Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 55.44
Liaison Bradley Flamm
Submission Date March 4, 2022

STARS v2.2

West Chester University of Pennsylvania
OP-17: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.40 / 1.00 Bradley Flamm
Director of Sustainability
Office of the President
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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:

West Chester University initiated a bikeshare program in August of 2016 with a contract with Zagster for 15 bikeshare bicycles and three docking stations located on North Campus, South Campus, and East Campus. The contract lasted through Spring 2020 when Zagster declared bankrupt. WCU is now considering a pilot bike co-op program but this has not yet been implemented.


Does the institution participate in a car sharing program?:
No

A brief description of the car sharing program:

Two zipcar car share vehicles were located behind WCU's Sykes Student Union from 2015 to the spring of 2020 when Zipcar, as part of their COVID-19 response, removed the vehicles from campus.


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:

As of Spring 2021, there are six EV charging stations on campus: two in the Sharpless Garage and four reserved for the university’s motor pool. The Sharpless Garage Level 2 Sema Connect chargers are accessible to student and employee commuters.


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:

Starting this 2021-22 academic year, West Chester University is partnering with DVRPC and TMACC to offer the rideshare commuting platform, Share-A-Ride to the campus community.
The campus has 4 shuttle routes, two of which support shared-modes of commuting: the Uptown Loop connects north campus to major apartment and condominium complexes and employment and retail centers (such as the Chester County Hospital and the Bradford Plaza Shopping Center) in West Chester Borough and the Exton Shuttle links campus to SEPTA Regional Rail and Amtrak train service (https://www.wcupa.edu/_information/AFA/Facilities/shuttleBus/servicesSchedules.aspx).
WCU has nineteen centrally located rideshare parking spaces reserved for two or more people who share the ride (https://www.wcupa.edu/transportation/commuterChoices.aspx#:~:text=RideShare%20Parking%20Spaces,-For%20Students%20and&text=B%20Lot%20for%20Employees%2C%20south,Roslyn%20Avenue%20near%20Rosedale%20Avenue).


Website URL where information about the institution’s support for sustainable transportation is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Most of these programs managed by the Office of Sustainability, which provided text for responses (Bradley Flamm, Director, bflamm@wcupa.edu).

Data Entry: Lois Howell, 11-Jan-22

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