Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 83.20
Liaison Mina Amundsen
Submission Date Nov. 5, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Colby College
OP-16: Student Commute Modal Split

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.95 / 2.00 Sandy Beauregard
Director of Sustainability
Sustainability Office
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Total percentage of students (graduate and undergraduate) that use more sustainable commuting options as their primary means of transportation:
97.70

A brief description of the method(s) used to gather data about student commuting, including the timeframe for when the analysis was conducted and how a representative sample was reached, if applicable:

In fall 2018, a commuter survey was disseminated to the entire campus community. Beginning with the 2018-19 academic year, Colby became fully residential. Only a small number of students are permitted to live outside of College housing and must apply for an exemption to be permitted to do so. In this same academic year, Colby opened a new residence hall in downtown Waterville, approximately 2 miles from campus. The new building houses approximately 200 students. These students answered the commuter survey as off-campus students. Colby provides a campus shuttle to transport students between campus and downtown. The number of student vehicles allowed downtown is limited to one per apartment, so nearly all trips by these off-campus students are made via the shuttle or carpool.

The survey responses supported the assumption that the residential student population primarily uses a sustainable mode of transportation as the academic buildings are located on interior quads of the campus, easily navigable from dormitories by walking or bike. Occasional trips around campus were made by vehicle. The results of the were tabulated and these are reflected above and are inclusive of the both the residential student population living on campus and the"off-campus" students living in the downtown dormitory.


The percentage of students that use each of the following modes as their primary means of transportation to get to and from campus::
Percentage (0-100)
Commute with only the driver in the vehicle (excluding motorcycles and scooters) 2.30
Walk, bicycle, or use other non-motorized means 89.70
Vanpool or carpool 2
Take a campus shuttle or public transportation 6
Use a motorcycle, scooter or moped 0

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