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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 Gold
Overall Score 66.35
Liaison Ben Champion
Submission Date May 2, 2017
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STARS v2.1

University of Arizona
OP-18: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Benjamin Champion
Director
Office of Sustainability
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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:

Below is a list and brief description of the bicyclist facilities available at the University of Arizona:

1. Shower and locker facilities on campus available to employees who bicycle: Campus Recreation Center, USB Building, Bear Down Gym. The UA hospital also has shower and locker facilities avaialable for employees. With our outstanding climate, indoor bicycle storage faciliteis are not as critical as in those areas where adverse climate would require indoor bicycle parking.

2. 214 high security private bike lockers along with Residence Life's 20 lockers provide a total 234 on campus bicycle lockers. University Medical Center has an additional 100 bike locker spaces.

3. 210 pin number access enclosed parking spaces in 5 parking garages. Several departments have gated bike enclosures on campus that amount to an additional 80 spaces.

4. A bike valet area is available for cyclists wishing to park in a staffed area. There are 150 spaces available Monday through Friday during business hours.


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:

There are over 11,000 bicycle parking spots on campus, located in front or behind the majority of buildings on campus. While long term storage is not always available within 100m of all of the residence halls, most halls have an enclosed courtyard area that serves as a long term storage area. Students and employees may rent a bike locker should they choose to do so.


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:

The UA has a published Bicycle and Pedestrian plan that is used for developing effective bicycle routes that align with city and county bicycle paths.

The plan can be found at http://parking.arizona.edu/alternative/documents/UAAreaBikePedPlanFinalAugust2012.pdf.


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:

Cat Wheels is a University of Arizona Parking and Transportation Services initiative designed to give students and employees free and easy access to bicycle transportation on the University's campus. After the registration process, checking out a Cat Wheels Bike is as simple as going to one of several parking garages where the bikes are stored. A bike may be used for 24 hours after which the bike must be returned.


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:

UA Parking and Transportation offers up to a 50% discount on bus passes to students and faculty in cooperation with SunTran and also operates a free on campus shuttle (called Cat Tran) with multiple routes.


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:

University of Arizona Parking & Transportation Services (PTS) offers a free emergency ride home program for University of Arizona employees and students who are alternative transportation users.

The emergency ride home program is designed to encourage people to use our campus alternative transportation programs, and still have the ability to get home if an emergency arises.


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:

The University of Arizona participates in the Sun Rideshare program. This program, a service run by Pima Association of Governments, is a free and voluntary carpool matching service for commuters and employers in Pima County. The program provides interested applicants with a "matchlist" of other commuters who live and work near them and also want to carpool. Commuters set up their own carpools to fit their particular commuting needs.


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 University of Arizona's Car Sharing program is contracted through Zip Car rental company. The service is an hourly rate rental car. The program gives students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to commute to campus using alternate transportation modes, but still have the access to a car if necessary for longer trips away from campus at affordable rates.


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:

The University of Arizona has several EV recharging stations on campus, two of which are located at the sixth street garage. These stations were installed when the UA brought a Nissan Leaf into the UA Motorpool Fleet.


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:

Telecommuting, know as Telework at The University of Arizona, is part of a larger program of Flexible Work arrangement options available to employees. The program is set up to be responsive to the employee. An employee submits a request to telework to his or her manager and the request is evaluated based upon the nature of the job and the ability of the employee to work well without direct supervision.


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 University of Arizona allows for employees to request a condensed work week schedule as part of its flexible work arrangement options. Employees who request for a condensed work week schedule are required to describe the proposed schedule in detail; explain how work will be allocated; state any necessary changes to current office or departmental procedures; request any needed additional equipment; and create an evaluation plan for the arrangement.


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:

UA contributed financially and in terms of planning for the new modern streetcar system that was built over the past few years in Tucson and connects campus to downtown Tucson (2.5 miles apart). The streetcar system became operational in August 2014 and usage rates are greater than was expected. This is enabling students and employees who live downtown to have a highly accessible form of accessing campus that does not require driving a car. It also enables all campus occupants and visitors to travel between downtown and campus without using a car, for meetings, lunch, or whatever the purpose.


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