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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 65.89
Liaison Marian Brown
Submission Date Dec. 13, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Wells College
OP-18: Support for Sustainable Transportation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.40 / 2.00 Marian Brown
Director
Center for Sustainability and the Environment
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Does the institution provide secure bicycle storage (not including office space), shower facilities, and lockers for bicycle commuters?:
No

A brief description of the facilities for bicycle commuters:
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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:

Per Emily Burt, director of Residence Life (10/17/17 email):
Some buildings have bike racks outside, but not all. If there’s not a bike rack, they can’t chain [bikes] to lampposts/road signs, etc, but if students are not chaining [bikes] to anything, they could park them near the res halls. as long as they are not blocking any sidewalks/means of egress/etc.
As far as inside the buildings, students are not allowed to leave bikes in the hallways or outside their rooms. They can bring bikes into their rooms to store them.


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:

Wells College is sited alongside New York State Route 90, so the segment of the campus fronting that highway conforms to the goals and objectives of the THE NEW YORK STATE
BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN PLAN, produced by The New York State Department of Transportation in cooperation with the NEW YORK STATE BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN ADVISORY COUNCIL. This plan calls for 2. DEVELOPING BIKE/PED NETWORKS that provide for safe, seamless, internodal bicycle and pedestrian travel as a viable element of a balanced system of travel for all modes and all users at the local, regional and statewide levels.


Does the institution have a bicycle-sharing program or participate in a local bicycle-sharing program?:
No

A brief description of the bicycle sharing program:
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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 programs:

There is no public transit service available in the Aurora NY community.

The Wells college free shuttle service between Ithaca and the Aurora campus is open to faculty and staff commuters living in the Ithaca area.


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:

Wells College participates in the Finger Lakes Rideshare Coalition and encourages the use of ridesharing using the Zimride platform. We do not have parking fees or any way to provide preferential parking for carpoolers.


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:
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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:

Depending upon the needs of the particularly department, telecommuting as a workplace option may be arranged with the supervisor.


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:

The College observes "summer hours" during the months of June through mid-August. The College goes onto a 4-day work week schedule with all offices closed on Friday.
In general, the summer schedule operates as below:
• Core business hours for the summer are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Thursday. All offices will remain open during core business hours for the summer or arrange adequate coverage during those hours.
• Employees work 8 or 9 hours per day depending on their regularly scheduled time (35 or 40 hours/week) for four days plus a 30-minute lunch break.


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:

Wells College provides housing as it is available for faculty and staff as a convenience to the College and its employees. Rents are set at a level which approximates market rental rates, as it is not the College's intention to subsidize housing or to incur taxable liability for its employees. It is generally expected that tenants will remain in College housing no longer than five (5) years. When available, housing will be offered
according to the following priority:
1. Administrative positions which, in the opinion of the President, require that the incumbent live in the Aurora area as a condition of employment.
2. Faculty:
a. Full-time faculty who are not currently in College housing. Priority will be based on academic rank, and within rank, on time in rank.
b. Faculty in College housing who desire new quarters. Priority to be determined as in
paragraph one (1) above. In case of ties, application date will be the determining factor.
3. Staff:
a. Full-time administrative staff who are not currently in College housing. Priority will be based on application date.
b. Administrative staff who are already in College housing who desire new quarters. Priority will be based on application date.
4. Retired faculty and staff requesting apartment housing.
5. All others. Priority for assignment determined by the Chief Operating Officer.


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:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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