|Submission Date||June 30, 2017|
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Sustainability & Recycling Coordinator
Facilities Management & Planning
The Higher Education Center in Medford, OR contains two shower/changing rooms for bicycle commuters. Both changing rooms are also equipped with a lavatory and water closet. Lockers are located in an adjacent hallway. The Commuter Resource Center at the main SOU campus in Ashland, OR also has lockers available for cyclists and other commuters.
Southern Oregon University has bike parking available outside every campus building, including residence halls. The vast majority of parking racks on campus provide covered parking for bicycles. Additionally, the two largest residence halls on campus have bicycle racks in each room for students to park their bikes inside.
SOU has a recently revitalized, thriving Bike rental and education program. The Bike Program coordinates twice-quarterly group bike rides and other educational events to encourage the development of a bicycle-friendly campus culture. There are 30 bicycles available to students to rent on a quarterly ($50), weekly ($15), or daily ($5) basis; helmets, locks, and lights are provided as part of the rental. Six additional bicycles are kept on reserve in order to have free bicycles available for students to use on the Bike Program's group bike rides. The Bike Program's bicycle fleet is maintained by a trained student bike mechanic, who also offers weekly "DIY Bike Maintenance" open mechanic hours, where students can drop in to learn how to troubleshoot and fix basic bike maintenance issues.
SOU provides free bus passes to all employees. Bus passes are also available to students at a highly discounted price.
The Commuter Resource Center facilitates ridesharing through the Raider Rideshare network on DriveLessConnect, a ride matching site serving Oregon. Using Raider Rideshare, university students, staff and faculty can find ride matches with other members of the university community. Using the same program, individuals can also choose to find ride matches with members of the general public.
SOU became a Zip Car host site in October of 2015. Initially, there are 2 sedans permanently located near the campus residential and dining village and there is the possibility of adding more in the future.
Southern Oregon University provides 8 electric vehicle recharging stations open to the public for any electric vehicles with a university parking permit or pass. The university has 2 additional charging stations for the campus fleet and employee commuters.
Individual departments are able to accommodate employees with telecommuting needs. Some employees work from home as necessary, on an occasional or temporary basis. Faculty who prefer to telecommute are able to teach exclusively online courses.
Some employees are offered the option of a condensed work week with the approval of their supervisor.
During summer months all employees are encouraged to observe the condensed work week schedule, working four ten-hour days each week.
In partnership with the Rogue Valley Transportation District, SOU hosts a Transportation Options Program coordinated by ECOS- the Ecology and Sustainability Resource Center. The Transportation Options program provides students the information and resources they need to drive alone less and use other sustainable transportation options more - i.e. walking, biking, skateboarding, transit (student bus pass), carpooling (Drive Less Connect: Raider Rideshare). The program offers free information and tools to get around sustainably (bike maps, lights, reflective stickers, etc.), and hosts events and educational activities.
The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE
staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.
The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.