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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 Bronze
Overall Score 42.59
Liaison Jeffrey Clark
Submission Date June 30, 2017
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STARS v2.0

Lawrence University
OP-21: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.63 / 2.00 Jeff Clark
Professor
Geology
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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 Warch Campus Center has an indoor bike locker room, shower facilities, and a changing room. Other buildings also have showers and indoor spaces for bike storage.


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)?:
Yes

A brief description of the bicycle parking and storage facilities:

Each dorm has bicycle storage and there are bike racks across campus


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:
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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:

A free bicycle loan program available to all Lawrence University students, faculty, and staff. Ten Trek bicycles are available for checkout at the Warch Campus Center from April through October. Riders must sign a waiver form and leave their LU ID with Information Desk staff. Lock and helmet are provided.


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?:
No

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

There is a shuttle to take students from the main campus to the athletic complex that is not adjacent to the campus proper. It runs during athletic practice times (to transport athletes) and during competitions. There is also a shuttle that takes students to the local shopping center, grocery stores, movie theaters, and volunteer locations organized by the Volunteer and Community Center. The shuttles are mini-vans that use unleaded gas or E85 (flex fuel).


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:
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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:

A long-stand physical "Ride Board" was recently converted into an electronic resource for students, faculty and staff called "List It @ Lawrence". In addition to carpool/ride-sharing opportunities, the board provides a space for students, faculty and staff to sell and buy items - like a campus Craigslist. Planning is under way to set up a WeCar program in order to reduce the number of cars on campus.


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:

There are two enterprise cars on campus that students can rent out at any time to run errands.


Does the institution have one or more Level 2 or Level 3 electric vehicle recharging stations that are accessible to student and employee commuters?:
No

A brief description of the electric vehicle recharging stations:
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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:

Most faculty have the option to work from home or another off-campus location for some portion of the week. Technology Services provides tools to facilitate this, including web-based e-mail and VPN network access. Electronic library resources as well are configured for off-campus access.


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:

During the summer and winter breaks, many faculty have the option to work from home or other off-campus locations. In 2009, the campus instituted a modified work schedule and schedule of open building hours for our six-week winter break. In addition, to further save energy, thermostats are set lower during this break.


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:

There is no official university policy or program, but 30-40% of employees live within walking distance of campus and a majority live in bicycling distance. Because Appleton is a relatively small city, there is a default incentive to live close to campus.


Does the institution have other incentives or programs to encourage more sustainable modes of transportation and reduce the impact of student and employee commuting?:
No

A brief description of other sustainable transportation initiatives and programs:
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The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable transportation program(s) is available:
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