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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 Silver
Overall Score 51.71
Liaison Jeffrey Severin
Submission Date July 17, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of Kansas
OP-21: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 2.00 Jeff Severin
Director
KU Center for Sustainability
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Does the institution provide secure bicycle storage (not including office space), shower facilities, and lockers for bicycle commuters?:
No

A brief description of the facilities for bicycle commuters:
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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)?:
No

A brief description of the bicycle parking and storage facilities:

The University has bike racks located near all occupied, non-residential and residential buildings, but not all racks are located withing 50 ft.

http://sustain.ku.edu/parking-map


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?:
No

A brief description of the bicycle sharing program:
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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):

Student fees and parking fees support KU on Wheels, the campus transit service, which provides free services to surrounding areas, as well as a shuttle between the main campus and the Park and Ride facility on west campus. KU on Wheels and the City of Lawrence Transit System (http://www.lawrencetransit.org) operate a coordinated service, allowing faculty, staff, and students with a KU Card to board any bus without a fare or bus pass. No ID or fare is required for any on-campus bus stop.


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?:
No

A brief description of the carpool/vanpool program:
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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:

Parking and Transit offers an Enterprise CarShare program, with 1 vehicle parked near the Kansas Union and a second on Daisy Hill near many of the residence halls.http://parking.ku.edu/carshare


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 has an electric recharging station at the Center for Design Research. This recharging station is available and accessible for any member of the University community to use.


Does the institution offer a telecommuting program for employees as a matter of policy or as standard practice?:
No

A brief description of the telecommuting program:
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Does the institution offer a condensed work week option for employees as a matter of policy or as standard practice?:
No

A brief description of the condensed work week program:
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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 have other incentives or programs to encourage more sustainable modes of transportation and reduce the impact of student and employee commuting?:
Yes

A brief description of other sustainable transportation initiatives and programs:

While the KU does not fully meet the absolute criteria outlined by the short-term and long-term bike parking criteria outlined in the first question of this section, the University does have a significant bike parking system, which includes bike racks at nearly all occupied residential and non-residential buildings.

While KU does not specifically have a bike share program, the KU Student Recreation Center provides a bike rental service where students can rent bikes on a daily or weekend basis.

The University also has a bike rack app that includes a bike rack map, as well as a robust bike resources section of the Center for Sustainability website.


The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable transportation program(s) is available:

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