Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 79.98
Liaison Lindsey Lyons
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

Dickinson College
OP-16: Commute Modal Split

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.86 / 5.00 Neil Leary
Director
Center for Sustainability Education
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Total full-time equivalent student enrollment:
2,071

Full-time equivalent of employees:
899

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:
99.50

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

Dickinson is a residential college and students are required to live in college housing unless granted an exception. Walking, biking and skateboarding is the primary modes of transportation to classes for all of the 99% of students living on our compact, walkable campus.

Only 1% of students lived in non-college housing in 2019. Of these, half walk, bike or skateboard to commute campus. Data on student commuters is collected by the office of Student Life.


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:
26.10

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

Modal split for commuters is calculated each year by applying results from our commuter survey to data for employees' residence addresses. The probability that an employee uses a particular transportation mode is a function of the distance from campus an employee resides, as estimated from the commuter survey.

We conducted the commuter survey in spring 2016 to learn about the ways Dickinson employees commute to work so that we can better understand how Dickinson employees commute, the environmental impacts of employee commuting, and consider ways that the college might promote sustainable and financially beneficial transportation choices.

A large proportion of Dickinson’s faculty and staff completed the survey. We received 477 responses from the College’s 925 employees, equivalent to 52% of the population. The 477 respondents were made up of 352 staff and 125 faculty. We were able to determine the commuting distance of 450 employees and the transportation mode of 448. We received information of summer commuting behaviors from 388 respondents.


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 0.50 73.90
Zero-emissions vehicle --- ---
Walk, cycle, or other non-motorized mode 99.50 21.20
Vanpool or carpool 0 2.30
Public transport or campus shuttle 0 0.10
Motorcycle, motorized scooter/bike, or moped 0 2.50
Distance education / telecommute --- ---

Website URL where information about student or employee commuting is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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