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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 51.95
Liaison Erin Stanforth
Submission Date July 24, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Virginia Commonwealth University
OP-21: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Erin Stanforth
Director of Sustainability
Facilities
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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 Cary St. Gym Facility, the Jonah L. Larrick Student Center as well as RamBikes are all located near covered, secure bike storage. All three have lockers and showers for students that bike to campus.


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:
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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?:
Yes

A brief description of the bicycle sharing program:

VCU has a bike-loan program for students to use bicycles daily at no charge. There are 4 bikes located at the library on each campus.


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:

VCU has been certified as a Bike Friendly University since 2012. In 2014, we were awarded a Silver level certification.


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):

Full time undergraduate and graduate students are permitted to ride all of the Greater Richmond Transit Authority’s (GRTC) buses for free. The VCU Employee Transit Program provides participants with six $25 bus passes quarterly ($600 worth of GRTC bus passes per year) for any GRTC bus. Participation in the program allows participants to pay $25 per 24 pay periods through pre-tax payroll deductions. The program also consists of the following accommodations: The VCU Campus Connector provides transportation service between the Monroe Park campus and the MCV Campus for all students, faculty, and staff.


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?:
Yes

A brief description of the carpool/vanpool program:

ZimRide is a private car sharing network for VCU students, faculty, and staff. It is an easy way to share your ride or find a ride. ZimRide can be used for any type of trip from daily commutes to road trips.


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:

This program consists of four total vehicles (2 hybrid vehicles); Two ZipCars on each campus- Honda Civic, Honda Insight, Toyota Prius, Scion X. For a usage fee of $8.00 per hour or $66 per day and after an annual membership fee of $35 faculty, staff, students and administrators are able to participate in VCU’s car sharing program. ZipCar expects 50 to 100 new members per month and will add more cars to the program as utilization warrants.


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:

Two 240 volts, L2 EV charging stations are located in the West Broad Street Deck on the Monroe Park Campus and in the N Deck on the MCV Campus. These charging stations can charge a vehicle in one to four hours


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:

A work arrangement in which the employee is approved to perform his/her job duties away from the usual place of work. Although many University positions do not lend themselves to telecommuting, some positions may be suitable for offsite hours on a long-term or short-term basis. The manager must evaluate individual jobs for telecommuting suitability and employees for performance and reliability before approving the arrangement.


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:

Management reserves the right to establish and adjust the work schedules of employees in the agency, being mindful of the hours of public need. Alternative work schedules may include, but are not limited to, four 10-hour days, rotational shifts, flexible hours, and job sharing.


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:

VCU offers free parking to carpools of 3 or more riders, a discounted city-wide bus pass, a free private ridesharing social network, and a discounted car sharing program with 6 cars located on both campuses.


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