Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 74.59
Liaison Chris Adam
Submission Date Sept. 7, 2020
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STARS v2.1

Dawson College
OP-17: Employee Commute Modal Split

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.68 / 2.00 Katherine McWhaw
Quality Assurance and Planning Office
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Total percentage of the institution’s employees that use more sustainable commuting options as their primary method of transportation:

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

A survey for faculty and staff was developed by the Quality Assurance and Planning Office and the Sustainability Coordinator. The survey was based on the guidelines published in the STARS Technical Manual (Version 2.1) with regard to criterion OP 17: Employee Commute Modal Split.
The survey was posted on Omnivox between November 13th and November 19th 2017. Faculty and staff could access the survey via the MyDawson portal. Faculty and staff received a notification of the survey when they logged into the portal and an email was sent by the Coordinator of the Quality Assurance and Planning Office advising faculty and staff of the survey and encouraging them to participate.
Faculty and staff were asked to indicate what mode of transportation they used during the previous week (November 6th to the 10th). If they took more than one mode of transportation to work each day, they were instructed to only count the mode taken for the longest distance during their commute to and from work. Faculty and staff who completed the survey were informed that their name would be put in for a random draw of one of five $20 movie passes.
There were a total of 527 faculty and staff who completed the survey. This represents a participation rate of 63.6% based on a total population of 878 in Fall 2017. The distribution of responses to the survey and the percentage of the total employee population were as follows:

Classification # Completed % of Total Resp # Employed % of Total Pop
Faculty 342 64.9% 575 (FTEs) 65.5%
Support Staff 121 23.0% 204 23.2%
Professionals 40 7.6% 61 7.0%
Managers 24 4.6% 38 4.3%

Given this distribution of responses, the College considers the sample of faculty and staff who participated in the survey to be a representative sample.
Quantitative analysis of the data was completed using SPSS (Statistical Program for the Social Sciences, Version 20).

The percentage of the institution's employees that use each of the following modes as their primary means of transportation to and from campus::
Percentage (0-100)
Commute with only the driver in the vehicle (excluding motorcycles and scooters) 15.90
Walk, bicycle, or use other non-motorized means 18.90
Vanpool or carpool 5.40
Take a campus shuttle or public transportation 59.60
Use a motorcycle, scooter or moped 0.10
Telecommute for 50 percent or more of their regular work hours ---

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