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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 51.16
Liaison Juliana Goodlaw-Morris
Submission Date June 30, 2017
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STARS v2.1

California State University, San Marcos
OP-18: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Debora Schmidt
Commuter Coordinator
Parking and Commuter Services
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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:

We have 30 bike lockers, have shower facilities in 4 buildings, provide day use personal lockers. Have a commuter lounge with personal locker storage, shower, and kitchen facilities.


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:

10 of 17 bike racks within 50 ft of an academic building.


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:

Campus personal transportation policy, which includes bikes, skateboards and other non motorized or small motor vehicles allowable on campus. Has been revised and is currently being reviewed at Administration level.


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:

N/A


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:

A subsidize monthly transit pass and can purchase on campus. Approximately 6% use transit.


Does the institution offer a guaranteed return trip program to regular users of alternative modes of transportation?:
Yes

A brief description of the guaranteed return trip program:

Campus promotes the regional transportation program (SANDAG) that provides this amenity, encourage the users to register with SANDAG, log their trips to take advantage of the GRT and monthly prizes.
Registered participants can get a free ride home in a taxi or rental car up to three times per year in the event of:
● Personal or family illness or emergency
● Unscheduled overtime (with a supervisor’s approval)
● Being stranded at work due to carpool or vanpool driver leaving for an emergency


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:

Campus has preferential parking for car/vanpools to registered car/vanpool groups. Register at the parking office.


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:

The campus participates in Zipcar. We have 2 cars on campus and students, staff and faculty are encouraged to sign up and use the program.


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:

Campus has six level II charging stations, with one being ADA accessible.


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:

Individually tailored to each department and individual’s job, this is done at the discretion of management.


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:

Although this is Individually tailored to each department and individual’s job, this is done at the discretion of management. During the summer, the option for staff to work a condensed work week is highly encouraged and announced through HR and the Office of Communications.


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:

N/A


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:

Alternate fuel parking spaces.


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