Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 77.56
Liaison John Pumilio
Submission Date Oct. 11, 2022

STARS v2.2

Colgate University
OP-16: Commute Modal Split

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.13 / 5.00 John Pumilio
Director of Sustainability
Sustainability Office
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Total full-time equivalent student enrollment:
2,676

Full-time equivalent of employees:
962

Has the institution gathered data about student commuting behavior?:
Yes

Total percentage of students that use more sustainable commuting options as their primary mode of transportation:
100

A brief description of the method(s) used to gather data about student commuting:

Information regarding student commuting behavior was based on surveys from student research papers in F-SEM 124: Global Change and YOU. Colgate is a residential campus with a free shuttle service (Colgate Cruiser). Students commute to classes primarily by taking the Cruiser, walking, biking, or carpooling. Recently, we have also seen electric-powered bicycles being used on campus.


Has the institution gathered data about employee commuting behavior?:
Yes

Total percentage of employees that use more sustainable commuting options as their primary mode of transportation:
34.50

A brief description of the method(s) used to gather data about employee commuting:

The Office of Sustainability and Colgate's Sustainability Council administer an annual campus-wide survey to all faculty and staff. The survey is sent via email to all employees around the same date in the fall of each year.

The data for this credit was taken from our 2021 annual employee commuter survey.

2021 Annual Faculty/Staff Commuter Survey Results:

Total Respondents: 301

Internal Combustion Engine (gasoline): 197

Walk/Bike: 60

Hybrid: 30

Plug-in Electric Hybrid (PHEV): 9

All-Electric Vehicles: 5


Percentage of students and employees that use the following as their primary mode of transportation:
Percentage of students (0-100) Percentage of employees (0-100)
Single-occupancy vehicle 0 65.40
Zero-emissions vehicle --- 4.70
Walk, cycle, or other non-motorized mode 65 19.90
Vanpool or carpool 18 ---
Public transport or campus shuttle 17 ---
Motorcycle, motorized scooter/bike, or moped 0 ---
Distance education / telecommute --- ---

Website URL where information about student or employee commuting is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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These estimates from student commuting behavior were based on surveys from student research papers in F-SEM 124: Global Change and You.

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