Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 61.15
Liaison Ashley Woolman
Submission Date April 8, 2022

STARS v2.2

Western Colorado University
OP-17: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.80 / 1.00 Ashley Woolman
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Services
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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:

The bicycle library is a bike-share program in which Western students, faculty, and staff may check-out a bike for up to three days for local use. Our bicycle library is stocked with 1-speed Townies equipped with a basket and bike lock. Helmets are also available for check-out. The bicycle library is available for check out Monday through Sunday. A signed waiver is required each semester and patrons must be 18 years of age at the time of signing.


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

A brief description of the car sharing program:

As a state entity, we are limited to the types of programs we can do. There is no formal carpooling/car sharing on campus but many individuals organize amongst themselves and carpool to 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:

There are fuel-efficient vehicle parking spots at the University Center parking. Given the proximity to town, alternative modes of transportation (bike, bus, walk) are recommended.


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:

Western has two Level 2 electric vehicle recharging stations that are accessible to students, employees, and the general public at Taylor Hall.


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:

As mentioned previously, Gunnison is a very small town (~6,500) so this is not necessary.


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:

Facility Services and the LEAD Sustainability office often host Bike to Campus days. The local bus system, RTA, has a stop on campus and stops there multiple times throughout the day to offer free rides around town and to the nearby ski resort town. Western encourages riding your bike to campus with bike racks outside of each residence hall and bike racks outside of every academic building. There is even a locking skateboard rack outside of one of the academic halls.


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