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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 69.60
Liaison Shanna Eller
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of North Carolina, Greensboro
OP-21: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Trey McDonald
Sustainability Coordinator
Sustainability Office
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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 School of Education building has indoor bike storage, lockers, and nearby shower facilities. Further, the university has arranged for bicycling commuters to have free access to the shower/locker rooms at the Rec Center.


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:

Bicycle racks are located within 50 feet of most campus buildings, residential as well as non-residential. Facilities include outdoor uncovered racks, outdoor covered racks, and indoor bike rooms.


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:

UNCG’s Campus Bicycle Master Plan is online at http://parking.uncg.edu/docs/UNCGBicycleMasterPlanFullFINAL.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:

The Spartan Cycles program maintains approximately 60 refurbished bicycles, helmets, locks and keys available for use by UNCG students, staff and students. Many of the bikes were donated by local non-profit Bicycling in Greensboro (BIG), some of which were previously abandoned by students and impounded by UNCG Police prior to be being repurposed. The day to day operation is coordinated through the Spartan Trader, a retail shop operated by students in the Sustainable Entrepreneurship Living Learning Community.


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:

Bronze Level certification, 2011.


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):

All UNCG students, staff, and faculty may ride GTA (Greensboro Transit Authority) and HEAT (Higher Education Area Transit) local transit buses fare-free. Also, employees may purchase PART (Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation) regional transit passes pre-tax. Student regional transit fares are discounted 50%. UNCG also provides a complimentary Spartan Chariot campus loop shuttle service to reduce driving on campus.


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:

The Emergency Ride Home (ERH) program, available through UNCG’s partnership with the Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation, provides participants (commuters who regularly ride the bus, vanpool, carpool, bike or walk) with a reliable, emergency ride home on the day the person has used an alternative mode of transportation to get to work.

An alternative mode of transportation must be used on the day the ride is needed, but there is no minimum requirement for regular alternative mode use. Approved alternative modes include: transit, ridesharing, bicycling and walking.

WHAT IS CONSIDERED AN EMERGENCY?
A participant may use this program if:
• He/she or an immediate family member suffers from an illness or severe crisis
• Their ridesharing driver has to stay late or leave early (their ride is not available)
• Side trips are allowed on the way home (i.e., picking up a sick child at daycare/school)

WHAT ACTIVITIES ARE NOT COVERED?
The program cannot be used for personal errands, pre-planned medical appointments, business-related travel, in place of an ambulance, non-emergency side trips on the way home, or inclement weather or unexpected acts of nature. For details please go to: http://www.partnc.org/emergency-ride-home/


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:

UNCG has partnered with Zimride to create a ride-share matching program for the UNCG community. UNCG also has a Carpool Club where faculty, staff, and students may sign up to share the cost of parking permits by driving to campus together. Other benefits include:
- Win prizes through the Zimride commute calendar
- One free day permit per eligible carpool member per month, for days when a member of the carpool may need to drive separately.
- Eligible to purchase up to four additional day permits per eligible carpool member per month.
- Discounted Car Share membership.
- Free guaranteed emergency ride home.
- Premium reserved carpool parking spaces.
- Complimentary reserved vanpool parking for PART vanpool groups.


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:

UNCG partnered with ZipCar to begin a car sharing program in August 2010. Faculty, staff, and students 18 years of age or older who are licensed drivers may enroll in the program for business or personal trips. There is an annual $25 membership fee, along with hourly or daily use rates per vehicle.


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:

The UNCG telecommuting policy permits eligible employees to work at alternate work locations for all or part of the work week. Teleworking may be offered as an option to ensure competitive advantages with other employers and to meet environmental and budgetary challenges. However, recognizing that some positions have job responsibilities or functions that do not lend themselves to teleworking, this option is not available for all employees. Teleworking is primarily at the discretion of the employee's supervisor (please see: http://policy.uncg.edu/university-policies/teleworking/)


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:

UNCG Human Resources offers a work schedule policy that includes flexible work hours, flexible work schedule, and flexible work location (telecommute) options. The policy is located at: http://policy.uncg.edu/university-policies/teleworking/


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:

An annual Campus Transportation Challenge is coordinated each spring and summer to encourage employees and students to consider a variety of sustainable transportation options including walking, biking, buses, trains, carpooling, and car sharing. The campus campaign coincides with PART’s regional commuter challenge includes a variety of incentives including gift certificates, prize packs, and grand prize drawings.


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

Information for this credit was received from Suzanne Williams, Associate Director of Campus Access and Travel Demand Management at UNCG.

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