UCSF Sustainability Stories

Deborah Fleischer, Green Impact, April 2014

UCSF Awarded Gold and ‘Best of’ Rating:  Best Workplaces for Commuters in 2013

Award 2013We are thrilled to report that UCSF Transportation Services was awarded a Gold & ‘Best of’ rating for Best Workplaces for Commuters in 2013.  These awards, which we also received in 2010 (Gold & ‘Best of’) and 2011 (Gold), provide national recognition and an elite designation to UCSF for offering outstanding commuter benefits and alternatives. This honor recognizes UCSF for taking exemplary steps to offer transportation alternatives for our staff, faculty and students, reducing commuter-related greenhouse gas emissions, traffic congestion and parking congestion.  To qualify as a Best Workplace for Commuters, UCSF met a “Standard of Excellence” initially set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  “The annual Race to Excellence provides national recognition for employers, supporting agencies, sites and Universities who offer high level commuter benefits,” said Julie Bond, NCTR’s national program manager for Best Workplaces for Commuters.

ChartAccording to the 2013 UC Sustainability Annual Report, transportation-related emissions are the second largest source of campus GHG emissions, after energy consumption. A key strategy for reducing those emissions is to reduce single-occupancy vehicle (SOV) trips.  UCSF has successfully implemented a range of programs that has dropped the SOV rate from 50% to 34.1%, the lowest of all UC campuses.  According to 2013 Annual Commute Survey, 65.9% of all UCSF staff, faculty, and students commute to UCSF by some form of environmentally sustainable mode of transportation, such as public transportation, ridesharing, bicycling, walking and UCSF shuttles.

ChargerSome highlights of UCSF’s sustainable transportation program include:

• Doubling bike parking at the Parnassus Millberry Union Garage by utilizing state of the art bike racks and expanding space 20%
• 3 on-site bicycle fix-it stations with air pumps and tools
• A new bike share pod is planned for Mission Bay
• 9 EV charging stations at a total of 3 locations, 16 charging stations to be added at Mission Bay
• 36 Low emission vehicle only, preferential parking spaces
• 18 City Car Share vehicles; 1,581 members; 46 departmental accounts
• GPS tracking app, NextBus
• 431 new users of ZimRide, a ride sharing program
*  Generating over 60% of the 3rd Street Parking Garage’s energy needs with solar panels