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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 65.19
Liaison Justin Mog
Submission Date Feb. 13, 2016
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University of Louisville
OP-21: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Justin Mog
Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives
Office of the Provost
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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:

At our Clinical and Translational Research building, we have showers, temporary lockers, and bicycles can be locked to an indoor rack in the attached garage which is secure in that it is monitored by the department of public safety.


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)?:
Yes

A brief description of the bicycle parking and storage facilities:

UofL's Sustainability Council used the majority of the funding provided in the first year of our Climate Action Plan implementation budget to vastly expand bike parking on all three UofL campuses. We now have sufficient short-term bike parking within 50 feet of every building on campus and most of it is in the form of high-quality, two-contact-point racks. We utilize building overhangs wherever possible to offer covered bike parking, especially around residence halls. Additionally, residents seeking long-term bike storage may use their rooms or certain basement areas. An interactive map of our bike parking is available at http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=215948977084222290392.0004c9117e5597a10285f&msa=0&ll=38.216317,-85.757411&spn=0.012661,0.01929


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?:
Yes

A brief description of the bicycle/pedestrian policy and/or network:

UofL adheres to Metro Louisville's Complete Streets ordinance. On campus pathways, cyclists are encouraged to slow down, signal when passing, and always yield to pedestrians, no matter where they are. In line with our Bicycle Master Plan, UofL has designated pathways through Belknap campus to help reduce potential bike-pedestrian conflicts. All routes are designed to be two-way.


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:

Anyone with a UofL ID can check out a bike, helmet, and lock for free each day on a first-come, first-served basis from the desk staff at eight different campus locations:
• Student Rec Center equipment desk
• Get Healthy Now Wellness Center at Humana Gym
• Residence Halls: Bettie Johnson Hall, Community Park, Kurz Hall, Miller Hall, Threlkeld Hall, and Unitas Tower (not just for residents!)
We launched this program in August 2012 with a relatively small fleet of five bikes, and continue to expand it. Users simply sign a waiver form and return the bike by the time the gym closes for the day/weekend. Those who check out bikes are responsible for any theft/loss/damage.

UofL continues to work closely with Metro Louisville in an effort to launch a city-wide, pay-per-use bikeshare system with stations on Belknap campus as well as our Health Sciences Center. The UofL Sustainability Council has provided the city with start-up funds and close coordination on campus station locations.


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?:
Yes

A brief description of the certification, including date certified and level:

In November 2013, UofL was certified by the LAB as a silver level Bicycle Friendly University.


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):

Since 1999, the University of Louisville has maintained a contractual agreement with the City of Louisville's public transportation provider to provide a campus shuttle program providing transportation from outlying parking lots to the interior of campus at no charge to students, staff and faculty. As part of the overall contract, anyone with a valid UofL ID can ride fare free anytime or anywhere service is provided in the metropolitan area by the Transit Authority of River City (including express routes).


Does the institution offer a guaranteed return trip (GRT) program to regular users of alternative modes of transportation?:
Yes

A brief description of the GRT program:

All those who register their alternative mode commute at tickettoride.org can access the federally-subsidized Guaranteed Ride Home program covering 80% of cab fare home in emergencies.


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:

UofL offers a Ride-Share/Carpool Matching system through contract with Zimride. Zimride is a free, secure social network for UofL students, faculty and staff to quickly connect those willing to offer rides with those in need of rides.
Whether you want to carpool for your daily commute, a few times a week, or just for a one-time trip, Zimride is the easiest way to connect.
Quickly set-up a profile (or log in with your Facebook account) for free here. Then post your ride offers or needs and Zimride will help connect you.
Drivers may choose to charge passengers or offer free rides.
You can also use Zimride to coordinate carpools to events such as conferences, concerts, parties, sporting events, etc.


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:

With UofL Car-Share by Enterprise, you can reserve one of our fuel-efficient vehicles online and pay a low hourly rate (typically $8/hr) or overnight rate that includes gas and insurance. Available to all UofL students (over 18), employees, and members of the public with a valid driver's license. In early 2016, UofL Car-Share expanded with the addition of a fourth vehicle on campus.


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:

Five charging stations are available in the Floyd Street Garage and two are available at the Service Complex.


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 is allowed whenever practical and approved by a supervisor.


Does the institution offer a condensed work week option for employees as a matter of policy or as standard practice?:
Yes

A brief description of the condensed work week program:

The University has no official policy on flex time, however, several University Departments offer a condensed work week option for their employees. The decision to allow flex time is up to the Department Head.


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:

The UofL Sustainability Council continues to investigate possibilities for such a program.


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:

Earn-A-Bike Program: Forgo a parking permit for at least two years and earn a $400 bike shop voucher!
• UofL students, faculty or staff who are willing to waive the right to a UofL parking permit for at least two years are eligible to receive a $400 voucher to an area bike shop!
• Applications for the program are accepted through the end of the first week of classes each Fall.
• Vouchers are non-transferable and have no cash value, but can be used to purchase a bike or fix one up and equip it for year-round commuting with helmet, lock, lights, rack, bags, basket, clothing, tools, spare parts, etc.


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

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