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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 Gold
Overall Score 67.35
Liaison Laurie Husted
Submission Date June 9, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Bard College
OP-18: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Dan Smith
Energy Efficiency Coordinator
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:

Stevenson Gym has bike racks at both entrances, and provides lockers and shower facilities. It is centrally located on campus.


Does the institution provide short-term bicycle parking for all occupied buildings and makes long-term bicycle storage available for students who live on-site (if applicable)?:
Yes

A brief description of the bicycle parking and storage facilities:

Bike racks are at every residence hall. Students can lock their bicycles in their rooms when they will be gone for break.

Residential Life provides winter storage for bikes in Tremblay Dormitory basement for a fee of $10.


Does the institution have a bicycle and pedestrian plan or policy (or adhere to a local community plan/policy) that sets standards and practices for campus streets to enable safe access for all users?:
Yes

A brief description of the bicycle and pedestrian plan or policy:

Bard's Office of Sustainability has produced guidelines and information to ensure that all forms of transportation are given proper consideration for campus street/path design, and to ensure that all personnel travel in a safe manner around campus.

For more information visit: http://www.bard.edu/bos/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:

Bard has a BikeShare program with 10 bicycles. Anyone with a Bard ID can borrow a bicycle for up to 48 hours. This service is available at Security in the Old Gym.

For more information visit: http://www.bard.edu/bos/transportation/bikes/


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 programs:

Bard operates a free shuttle that circulates on campus and to our two nearest villages. A Clean Cities DOE grant recently allowed the purchase of a hybrid diesel electric shuttle.


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

A brief description of the guaranteed return trip program:
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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:

Bard's Rideshare program was created in partnership with the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) and allows Bard College students, faculty, and staff to share rides through their 511NY service.

Ridshare members can park in designated RideShare parking spaces at Olin Lot and Main Lot when actively providing a ride to another RideShare member.

For more information visit: https://511nyrideshare.org/web/bard/home


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:

Bard has two Zipcars parked at Bertlesmann Campus Center available to students, faculty & staff.

For more information visit: http://www.zipcar.com/universities/bard-college


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:

The electric charging station is at our Alumni Center on Route 9G.


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:

As an informal practice, employees can telecommute based upon managers' discretion on a case-by-case basis.


Does the institution offer a condensed work week option that reduces employee commuting (as a matter of policy or standard practice)?:
Yes

A brief description of the condensed work week option:

As an informal practice, employees can compress their work hours to fewer than 5 days / week, based upon managers' discretion on a case-by-case basis.


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 employ other strategies to reduce the impact of commuting (e.g. preferred parking for fuel-efficient vehicles, cash-out of parking programs)?:
Yes

A brief description of other strategies to reduce the impact of commuting:

We educate students on sustainable alternatives through the Transportation office website and the BoS website.

For more information visit: http://blogs.bard.edu/transportation/


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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