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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 48.57
Liaison Jennifer McMillin
Submission Date June 15, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Cleveland State University
OP-18: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.40 / 2.00 Jennifer McMillin
Director of Sustainability
Facilities l Architect l Safety l Technology
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Does the institution provide secure bicycle storage (not including office space), shower facilities, and lockers for bicycle commuters?:

A brief description of the facilities for bicycle commuters:

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)?:

A brief description of the bicycle parking and storage facilities:

Short term bicycle parking is provided for buildings across campus including campus residences. Students living in dorms are permitted to keep bicycles in their rooms for storage.


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?:

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

The 2014 CSU Master Plan emphasizes pedestrian movement and strategies to enhance pedestrian connectivity and multi-modal transportation on campus to reduce automobile trips.

Campus-wide pedestrian movement on the CSU campus was evaluated to assess Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility and general safety conditions as part of the Campus Master Plan.

Does the institution have a bicycle-sharing program or participate in a local bicycle-sharing program?:

A brief description of the bicycle sharing program:

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

A brief description of the mass transit programs:

Cleveland State supports the U-Pass program. U-Pass allows all main campus students to ride free of charge on all Greater Cleveland RTA buses and rapid trains during each academic semester. The program was initiated in the Spring of 2003 and supported by a vote of the student body. Students have voted to continue the program on each subsequent student ballot. The Office of Treasury Services administers the U-Pass program according to the policies passed by student referendum.


The Greater Cleveland RTA offers four dedicated Cleveland State Lines servicing communities in Cleveland's western suburbs.


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

A brief description of the guaranteed return trip program:

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

A brief description of the carpool/vanpool program:

Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) has launched a vanpooling service that allows riders to drive vans operated by vRide to commute to work. Designated drivers operate and store the vans. RTA subsidizes 30 cents of every mile traveled, and riders cover the remaining cost of the ride. CSU encourages participation in this program.


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?:

A brief description of the car sharing program:

CSU has supported a Zipcar program on campus since August 2011. The program currently includes five vehicles on campus and has 1,025 approved members. In 2016, members made 3,289 reservations. In 2016, CSU’s Zipcar program helped divert 416,000 lbs of CO2 from entering the atmosphere.

Does the institution have one or more Level 2 or Level 3 electric vehicle recharging stations that are accessible to student and employee commuters?:

A brief description of the electric vehicle recharging stations:

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

A brief description of the telecommuting program:

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

A brief description of the condensed work week option:

Does the institution have incentives or programs to encourage employees to live close to campus?:

A brief description of the incentives or programs to encourage employees to live close to campus:

CSU has entered into an agreement with Cleveland Metropolitan Housing Authority to incentivize employees to live in Sankofa Village. Currently under construction, the complex will provide 110 new, high-quality apartment homes less than a mile from CSU's campus. The apartment homes will be approximately 15% market rate and 85% subsidized for low income people. CSU will offer a first-month rent payment of up to $1,000 to as many as 15 CSU employees per year for five years, totaling a $75,000 investment.

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)?:

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

The university offers one parking spot on campus reserved for a low emissions vehicle at the Center for Innovation in Medical Professions building.

CSU and the RTA offer a monthly transit pass for faculty and staff at a pre-tax rate. This also includes a service where RTA will arrange for transportation if one misses their bus or train and there are no other options to travel to their destination.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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