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Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 59.95
Liaison Tim Albertson
Submission Date Dec. 14, 2017
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STARS v2.1

North Seattle College
OP-18: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Tim Albertson
Sustainability Coordinator
Student Development 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:

Locked bike storage are installed in the parking garage, and a number of sheltered outdoor bike racks are available on campus.All students, faculty and staff have access to the showers in the gym if they are members. Membership is free for all full-time students, and small quarterly fee for part-time students, faculty and staffs. Lockers are also available for rental in the gym or on a first come first served basis in the campus's lounges.


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:

Bicycle parking area are available all around main campus buildings. Most of them are sheltered and located just few steps away from the classrooms and offices. NSC Sustainability Office manages a bike repair station adjacent to the Public Safety Office.


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:

NSC is a partner with the City's bicycle master plan, New greenways have been designed and will continue into 2018. Neighborhood greenways are safer, calmer residential streets for you, your family, and neighbors. We make people walking and biking the priority. Neighborhood greenways can include:
-20 mph speed limit signs
-speed humps to calm traffic
-stop signs for side streets crossing the neighborhood greenway
-signs and pavement markings to help people find their way easier crossings of busy streets with crosswalks, flashing beacons, or traffic signals
http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/NSeattleSafety.htm
http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/bikemaster.htm


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:

Seattle has a number of bike sharing programs available to anybody to use (e.g., Spin, LimeBike, Ofo).


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:

Any student may purchase a discounted quarterly ORCA Card with proof of enrollment from the Cashier's office. The current cost for the ORCA Card is available from the Fees page, but as of Summer 2017, students can purchase a $250 card for $125 each quarter.

Faculty and staff members may purchase an ORCA Card at a discounted rate. Exempt, classified, full-time faculty, and part-time faculty working at least 50 percent FTE for more than two consecutive quarters may obtain an ORCA Card for $51 and the TMP/CTR fee. Fees may be paid through a payroll deduction, and passes can be picked up from the Transportation Coordinator.

Hourly staff working less than 50 percent FTE, and part-time faculty working at least 50 percent FTE who have not worked more than two consecutive quarters at or above 50 percent FTE, may obtain either an ORCA Card or parking permit (but not both) by paying the TMP/CTR fee and ORCA Card fee or the parking fee respectively. The fee will need to be paid at the Cashier's Office. Before visiting the Cashier, a quarterly transportation application form must be completed at your campus department to verify your percentage of employment.

https://resources.northseattle.edu/parking-transportation/orca-transit-pass

http://www.seattle.gov/waytogo/ctr.htm


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:

Seattle Colleges participates in the Commute Trip Reduction program with the city. Employers reimburse employees up to 2xs/quarter, up to 60 miles from work in a taxi according to specific emergency criteria.

https://commuteseattle.com/orca-business-passport/

http://www.kingcounty.gov/transportation/CommuteSolutions/GreatPrograms/GRH.aspx


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:

Discounted carpool permits are available for both students and employees. To participate, two or more individuals must commute together for at least 50 percent of the carpool's longest individual commute distance. Students must present their class schedules when applying for the carpool program, to demonstrate that they are on campus together at least 3 times per week.

Employees may carpool with a partner whose destination is away from the campus. Carpool routes must meet a standard of reasonableness determined by the campus Transportation Coordinator. Special carpool parking is provided for those with carpool permits. The carpool permits can be obtained from the Transportation Coordinator during the first 2 weeks of each quarter


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:

Another benefit to Transportation Management Plan permanent employees is access to the Zipcar car–sharing program. Non–driving employees can join the program and check out cars between the hours of 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The cars can be used for personal or business reasons for up to six hours per day.


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 are four Blink Electric Vehicle charging stations at North, funded by Department of Energy through a project known as the EV Project. It is available for all students, faculty and staffs. It is also available for the member of publics who already signed up for an account with the Blink Network.
https://www.plugshare.com/?location=11111


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:

Seattle College District Policy
NUMBER: 447
TITLE: Telecommuting
Adopted Date: 10/13/2016

Seattle College District supports the concept of telecommuting and encourages the practice when it does not detract from the efficient and effective delivery of services to the colleges. The District recognizes the benefits of telecommuting, which includes increased productivity and morale, decreased traffic congestion, energy use, and parking problems. College and/or District administration will be responsible for the approval of all telecommuting agreements. Requests to telecommute as a disability accommodation are handled separately through the disability accommodation process.


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:

The summer quarter the college closes early on Fridays to conserve energy and some departments support modified work schedules.


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:

Seattle Colleges subscribes to the zimride ride sharing program.


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