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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 56.88
Liaison Dedee DeLongpre Johnston
Submission Date June 3, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Wake Forest University
OP-21: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.88 / 2.00 Alex Crist
Manager, Parking and Transportation
Parking and Transportation
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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:

Though the university does not offer indoor bicycle storage at the facilities, the Miller Center, Byrum Welcome Center and Reynolds Gym have locker and shower facilities for alternative transportation commuters.


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 at every residence hall and at all primary classroom and administrative buildings.


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:

In 2015, the university completed a bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure study. The infrastructure study provides a full set of recommendations to support connectivity pedestrians for cyclists on campus.


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 university announced a new bicycle-sharing program in the spring semester of 2015. The full program is operable for fall 2015 enrollment.


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):

The university offers shuttle programs that are free to students, faculty and staff. These programs include:

1. Two individual routes that transport students who live in apartment complexes within a 5-mile radius of campus to/from campus.

2. A shuttle transports students around campus and to/from off-campus/satellite lots and surrounding WFU buildings.

3. A special shuttle transports students on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings to downtown venues.

4. A shuttle that transports students to a shopping mall and restaurant on the weekends.

Wake Forest does not offer free or reduced-price city transit passes. The Winston-Salem transit system offers relatively limited options for Wake Forest commuters.


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:

If an employee has been issued a carpool hangtag, in the case of a personal or family emergency, the Parking and Transportation office will reimburse a carpool member for cab fare upon submission of a valid receipt.


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:

Wake Forest also has a carpool program for WFU employees. Two or more employees can sign up and reduce the number of single occupancy vehicles commuting to campus. Employees that participate in the carpool program park free on-campus and recieve their own reserved carpool parking space of their choice.

The university uses a carpool matching program called Zimride, which helps potential users find carpool partners through their ride matching software.


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:

Wake Forest launched a car sharing program through Zipcar in January 2010, starting with two vehicles. In August 2014, a fifth vehicle was added due to increased membership and sustained usage.


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 is installing two electric vehicle charging systems during the summer of 2015, which can be used by faculty, staff, students and visitors.


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:

The university does not have a telecommuting policy.

Telecommuting requests are reviewed on an individual basis and may be granted to staff upon the approval of the department head. Factors that are considered are availability of adequate supervision, accessibility to business contacts and the constituents being served.


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:

WFU department heads may approve a staff member's request to work a variable work schedule depending on program and operational needs. Factors that are considered are availability of adequate supervision, accessibility to business contacts and the constituents being served.


Does the institution have incentives or programs to encourage employees to live close to campus?:
Yes

A brief description of the incentives or programs to encourage employees to live close to campus:

Faculty and staff who do not register a vehicle, but walk or ride a bicycle to work on a frequent basis may register as a pedestrian or bicycle commuter. These employees will be issued eight (8) free day passes per semester that will allow them to drive a vehicle to work and park on-campus, when needed. These employees do not pay for parking.

The university offers financing for faculty and staff who choose to buy homes in the university's "faculty drive" area adjacent to the campus core.


Does the institution have other incentives or programs to encourage more sustainable modes of transportation and reduce the impact of student and employee commuting?:
No

A brief description of other sustainable transportation initiatives and programs:
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The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable transportation program(s) is available:

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