Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 72.90
Liaison Kathleen Crawford
Submission Date July 23, 2020

STARS v2.2

Florida Gulf Coast University
OP-16: Commute Modal Split

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.37 / 5.00 Kathleen Crawford
Sustainability Coordinator
Environmental Health & Safety
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Total full-time equivalent student enrollment:
13,504

Full-time equivalent of employees:
1,576

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:
29.80

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

Data was gathered based on numbers of parking permits for students that live on campus and for employees who commute to campus. These two groups are well represented with permits that are only good for one year. Commuter students are harder to track as their parking permits are valid for two years making it harder to determine total numbers, so we assume those are coming to campus with a single occupancy vehicle. Students without cars and those that were solely distance learning were calculated as a percentage of FTE.


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:
6

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

In our greenhouse gas reports, we assume that all employees with a parking pass are driving alone to campus. Florida Gulf Coast University is located in Lee County, Florida, a suburban community wherein single occupancy vehicle travel is the most widely used form of transportation. There are no programs to incentivize employee carpooling, telecommuting, or riding the bus at this time. Bike commuting is encouraged and supported by offering places for employees to shower in Seidler Hall, the Campus Support Complex, Campus Rec, and the Environmental Health & Safety Modular. Realistically, nearly all employees with parking passes travel to campus by car alone as their primary means of commuting.

1385/1475 employees had parking passes in FY19-20. Our best estimate is that employees without parking passes are using a sustainable form of transportation as their primary means of getting to work. Also 347 of those employee parking permits qualified for LEED standards for lower emission higher fuel efficiency vehicles.


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 --- ---
Zero-emissions vehicle --- ---
Walk, cycle, or other non-motorized mode --- ---
Vanpool or carpool --- ---
Public transport or campus shuttle --- ---
Motorcycle, motorized scooter/bike, or moped --- ---
Distance education / telecommute --- ---

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

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