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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 Bronze
Overall Score 41.99
Liaison Eva Rocke
Submission Date June 30, 2017
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STARS v2.1

University of Montana
OP-18: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.60 / 2.00 Eva Rocke
ASUM Sustainability Coordinator
ASUM
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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:

The University provides an indoor and secure bike hub in the parking garage on campus. Students can check out a key for the bike hub free of charge. Multiple buildings on campus provide shower facilities, including the recreation center and the LEED Platinum certified Native American Center. Lockers are also available for both employees and students in multiple buildings on campus.


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:

The university of Montana offers students and faculty short-term bicycle parking for all occupied buildings. Short-term bicycle parking consists of secure bike racks outside buildings. There is also long-term bicycle storage available for students living on-site within residence halls.


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 Univeristy of Montana Missoula Parking and Transportation Demand Management Plan. This doucment serves as a bicycle and pedestrian plan that sets standards and practices for campus streets to enable safe access for all users.


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:

UM offers through a "Cruiser Co-Op" program offering free bicycle check out for any student. Bicycles are available for short-term (day) and long-term (semester) rentals.


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:

The Universtiy offers free bus shuttle services and free access to local community bus system. Bus services connect residents halls, campus, and the local communtiy.


Does the institution offer a guaranteed return trip program to regular users of alternative modes of transportation?:
No

A brief description of the guaranteed return trip 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?:
Yes

A brief description of the carpool/vanpool program:

UM Rideshare has gone through many different designs but has been found to function best as an information board centrally located on campus. The Rideshare is available to anyone with a student ID. If a student wishes to post a "sharable or wanted ride" they can present their ID card, fill out a release form and information card, then advertise on the Rideshare board. If a student sees an advertized ride , they also fill out a release form and then receive contact information. This program has been shown to work more effectively than online programs.


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?:
No

A brief description of the car sharing program:

The University is looking into a car sharing program but has not created it yet.


Does the institution have one or more Level 2 or Level 3 electric vehicle recharging stations that are accessible to student and employee commuters?:
No

A brief description of the electric vehicle recharging stations:
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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, the practice of working from home, is available to all employees, dependent on suprevisor approval.


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:

Eleigible employees can work a condensed work week in the summer months.


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 university does not have a program to encourage local housing.


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)?:
No

A brief description of other strategies to reduce the impact of commuting:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Eva Rocke (primary contact),
E-mail: eva.rocke@mso.umt.edu
Phone: (406) 243-4323

UMT Office of Transportation
E-mail: udash@umontana.edu
Phone: (406) 243-4599

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.