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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 69.02
Liaison Sara McKinstry
Submission Date March 30, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of California, San Diego
OP-18: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Curt Lutz
Parking & Transportation Analyst
Parking & Transportation
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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:

Bike racks are standards for new construction and are placed throughout campus.

Any faculty, student or staff member who lives off campus and does not hold a limited or annual parking permit may join the Pedal Club. Pedal Club members must commit to cycling for most of their commutes to UC San Diego, register their bicycle with the state of California, and maintain a valid registration sticker. In return they receive:

- 10% discount on accessories, parts, and labor at UC San Diego Bike & Skate: http://bikeshop.ucsd.edu/

- Free shower access (without a recreation card) to the main gym or Canyonview pool. (RIMAC not included).

- A complimentary 10-day parking permit each quarter. (First-year students are not eligible to receive these parking permits.)

- Emergency rides home: Pedal Club members can register in advance for Guaranteed Ride Home, a SANDAG program that provides rides in case of illness, unscheduled overtime, or family emergencies. Registered users dial 511 when they need a ride.

- Pay no Zipcar application fee and receive rental credits (when they meet eligibility requirements).

https://transportation.ucsd.edu/alternatives/cycling/pedal.html


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:

As of the 2013 bicycle parking supply survey there are a total of 2,910 racks with capacity for parking and locking 7,196 bicycles. This includes 29 inverted U racks with capacity for 58 bicycles in an electronic access lock secured bike cage.


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:

UC San Diego has a 2012 Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Planning Study and Design Guidelines:

http://plandesignbuild.ucsd.edu/_files/plans/BikePedMPS.pdf

http://plandesignbuild.ucsd.edu/_files/plans/BikePedDesignGuidelines.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:

In 2017 UC San Diego launched a new campus bikeshare program with Spin, one of North America’s leading stationless bikeshare companies. 300 bikes are currently available for use on campus: https://transportation.ucsd.edu/mobility/bikeshare.html.

Transportation Services partners with the Campus Police to recycle abandoned bikes. These bright yellow refurbished bikes sport the Triton Bikes logo and come equipped with wire baskets and locks. Students, faculty, and staff can check out a free Triton Bike to ride on campus. https://transportation.ucsd.edu/mobility/triton-bikes.html


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:

All transit bus routes directly serving UC San Diego are free to students with a Triton U-Pass and to employees at a reduced rate. Passes are distributed quarterly on-campus with more than 20,000 passes distributed quarterly. Campus shuttles augment public transit service for nearby commuter and campus communities, providing over 3 million additional free commuter and campus rides each year. Also, reduced-rate regional transit passes and Coaster commuter train passes are available at the Commute Solutions office with subsidies ranging from 23% to 100%. Approximately 90% of commuter bus rides (public transit/shuttles) to/from campus are currently 100% subsidized and free of charge to riders. Transit and Coaster Club programs offer incentives to riders who purchase campus-subsidized monthly passes and offer pre-tax benefit through payroll deduction as well. The campus also partners with the regional transit agencies to provide specially subsidized student transit passes for on-campus purchase. Campus has developed a pilot electronic renewable pass for Faculty and Staff to access the fully subsidized Bus Zone program with nearly 2,300 distributed to date.


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:

Pre-registered participants can use this program up to three times per year, for only a $3 co-pay, in the event of personal or family illness or emergency, unscheduled overtime (with a supervisor’s approval), or their rideshare partner becomes unavailable. Participants receive a ride home in a taxi or rental car based on how far away you live from work, and other factors.


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:

Carpooling by currently 60 vanpool routes in service. Carpool participants may transfer the eligible parking permit between drivers. Carpools with three or more members receive an access sticker to park in preferential reserved carpool spaces. UC San Diego also provides an occasional use parking permit to eligible individuals that carpool or vanpool; this program precludes parking permit ownership and allows participants to park their own cars free for a limited number of days. Carpool ride-matching system available securely on-line with more than 6,000 cumulative registered campus users. Vanpool drivers ride free; riders receive subsidized monthly rates. Vanpool vehicles provided preferential parking privileges; on-site vanpool coordinator.


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 currently twelve vehicles allocated by Zipcar to the UC San Diego program on campus fleet with an additional three vehicles at the Hillcrest Medical Center for a total of fifteen (15). These vehicles are available to UC San Diego students, staff, faculty, and visitors for Zipcar car sharing. Hourly rate includes gas and insurance at no additional cost. Reservations can be made on-line or over the telephone. There are allocated parking spaces; these spaces are not permanent stations for Zipcars at UC San Diego, though locations for the Zipcar spaces are generally in place for multiple years. UC San Diego Transportation Services adjusts the locations on occasion in an effort to address demand. Transportation Services is working with Zipcar to accommodate the growing demand, including weekend expansion of the university Zipcar fleet.


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:

This year the campus installed an additional 18 Level II EV chargers bringing the campus total to 78 Level II and 4 DC fast chargers. In addition to these, the campus added 50 "make ready stub ups" that can be used for future charger installations. Along with the campus' 8 Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) chargers, this makes UC San Diego's EV charging infrastructure. In addition, more than 300 members of the campus community taking advantage of leasing and sales offers in the past year. Estimated impact from fleet purchases so far has resulted in well over 2.75 million averted pounds of carbon dioxide emissions. Due to its success, the UC San Diego program is now being expanded to the entire UC system.

https://transportation.ucsd.edu/parking/ev-stations.html

http://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/pressrelease/uc_san_diego_to_be_recognized_for_excellence_in_energy_efficiency_and_susta


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:

UC San Diego offers a variety of flexible work arrangements, depending on the needs of the workplace and the individuals doing the work. UC San Diego defines telecommuting as a work arrangement in which the employee performs some or all assigned job duties at home. The employee and supervisor may communicate by email, phone or fax.

https://blink.ucsd.edu/HR/benefits/work-life/quality-index/flexible.html


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:

UC San Diego offers a variety of flexible work arrangements, depending on the needs of the workplace and the individuals doing the work. UC San Diego defines flexible work arrangements as any other work schedules other than the traditional 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. Flexible work arrangements can include alternative workdays, telecommuting, compressed work week, or job sharing.


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

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

By living close to campus, students, staff, and faculty can take advantage of free MTS bus pass program and free shuttles as well as discount tickets for other transit sources, along with participation in bicycle commute incentive program. The campus has made a sustained effort to construct additional campus residential units totaling nearly ten thousand beds. A new light rail station is now being built with stops on campus and one nearby. The project will be completed in 2021: http://onthego.ucsd.edu/projects/trolley-lrt.html


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:

The campus operates free dedicated shuttle routes connecting the Coaster commuter train stations to campus and to University medical centers. Transportation Services provides on-campus commuter information desk at the main parking office and services include on-campus sales of student transit passes and electronic smartcard passes in partnership with regional transit agencies. Campus owned shuttle vehicles offer bike racks.


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