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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.62
Liaison Michael Kensler
Submission Date Jan. 11, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Auburn University
OP-21: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Amy Strickland
Program Manager
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution provide secure bicycle storage (not including office space), shower facilities, and lockers for bicycle commuters?:
Yes

A brief description of the facilities for bicycle commuters:

The Miller Gorrie Center, OIT Building, and Facilities Management complex all provide showers/changing facilities for bike commuters. In addition, showers/lockers maybe accessed by students, and member faculty/staff, at both the Recreation and Wellness Center and the Martin Aquatic Center. A variety of other locations around campus provide covered, lit, and patrolled outdoor bicycle storage options for residents and commuters.


Does the institution provide short-term bicycle parking (e.g. racks) within 50 ft (15 m) of all occupied, non-residential buildings and make long-term bicycle storage available within 330 ft (100 m) of all residence halls (if applicable)?:
No

A brief description of the bicycle parking and storage facilities:

Most major buildings have bicycle racks located within close proximity to at least one building entrance. Residence halls also have convenient access to bike parking. In addition, the university's design standards call for all new buildings to have bicycle parking located next to the building.


Does the institution have a “complete streets” or bicycle accommodation policy (or adhere to a local community policy) and/or have a continuous network of dedicated bicycle and pedestrian paths and lanes?:
No

A brief description of the bicycle/pedestrian policy and/or network:

While not a continuous network of dedicated bicycle/pedestrian paths, Auburn does maintain over 13 miles of bike facilities, including on and off-road paths. In addition, the Campus Master Plan takes into consideration the need for multi-modal transportation.


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:

War Eagle Bike Share, a campus contracted service, provides GPS-enabled bike share services to the university. This program allows students, faculty, staff, and the general public to utilize any of the bikes free of charge for a 2-hour rental period, and allows additional renewals upon return to the kiosks or extended rentals for a fee. The bikes may be used both on and off campus.
Auburn Outdoors, a program of Campus Recreation and Wellness, also offers 36 bikes of varying types for 1/2 day-1 week rental periods. In addition, any member of the Auburn community may also utilize the City of Auburn's bike share program, which provides free bike rentals for up to 2 weeks.


Is the institution certified as a Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists (U.S.) or under a similar third party certification covering non-motorized transportation?:
Yes

A brief description of the certification, including date certified and level:

Bicycle Friendly University -- October 2015 -- Silver


Does the institution offer free or reduced price transit passes and/or operate a free campus shuttle for commuters?:
Yes

A brief description of the mass transit program(s), including availability, participation levels, and specifics about discounts or subsidies offered (including pre-tax options):

Auburn University's Tiger Transit system provides transit services during fall, spring, and summer semesters, as well as offering Gameday transit. This service typically provides 2.5 million rides per year, removing approximately 5,000 cars from campus. Student fees that partially pay for Tiger Transit are included in tuition and allow students to ride fare free, and faculty and staff can ride Tiger Transit at no cost for on-campus routes, and may purchase a pass for off-campus routes. The service also offers free transit to 90,000+ spectators during Auburn University home football games.
In addition to offering Tiger Transit services, Auburn University also provides support for the Lee Russell Public Transit (LRPT) by supporting the ridership of Auburn students, faculty, and staff. Any AU-affiliated individual may schedule transit services on the LRPT free of cost within the Auburn/Opelika area due to the university's support.


Does the institution offer a guaranteed return trip (GRT) program to regular users of alternative modes of transportation?:
No

A brief description of the GRT program:

NA


Does the institution participate in a car/vanpool or ride sharing program and/or offer reduced parking fees or preferential parking for car/vanpoolers?:
Yes

A brief description of the carpool/vanpool program:

Auburn University uses Zimride to facilitate ride-matching services for the university community (students, faculty, and staff).


Does the institution participate in a car sharing program, such as a commercial car-sharing program, one administered by the institution, or one administered by a regional organization?:
Yes

A brief description of the car sharing program:

Enterprise CarShare is a membership-based car sharing program that offers students 18 years and older, faculty, and staff membership for a $35 yearly fee and the ability to reserve a CarShare online for hourly or daily rental fees. CarShare vehicles are available in two locations on campus.

http://www.enterprisecarshare.com/car-sharing/program/auburn


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:

There is 1 Level 2 charging station located within the parking lot of the Auburn University Hotel and Convention Center. In addition, the lower level of the Stadium Parking Deck has 9 level 1 ports and 1 level 2 port.


Does the institution offer a telecommuting program for employees as a matter of policy or as standard practice?:
Yes

A brief description of the telecommuting program:

Telecommuting is allowed on a case-by-case and unit-by-unit basis. A supervisor works with individual employees to arrange a telecommuting program that ensures job responsibilities are met.


Does the institution offer a condensed work week option for employees as a matter of policy or as standard practice?:
Yes

A brief description of the condensed work week program:

Condensed work weeks are allowed on a case-by-case and unit-by-unit basis. A supervisor works with individual employees when asked, to arrange a workable condensed week that ensures job responsibilities are met.


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:

NA


Does the institution have other incentives or programs to encourage more sustainable modes of transportation and reduce the impact of student and employee commuting?:
Yes

A brief description of other sustainable transportation initiatives and programs:

A number of departments on campus offer incentives to promote the use of sustainable transportation modes. For instance, Parking Services conducts prize drawings for Zimride Commuter Calendar users that meet a certain point threshold (you earn more points for using sustainable transportation modes). The employee Healthy Tigers program also offers a number prize opportunities for employees through events related to Bike to Work Week and the yearly Travel with Care safety campaign, including bicycle-safety gear. The Office of Sustainability also provides pedestrian/bike safety gear as prizes/incentives at various events throughout the academic year.


The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable transportation program(s) is available:

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