Overall Rating Reporter
Overall Score
Liaison Kathleen Hilimire
Submission Date March 3, 2020

STARS v2.2

Fort Lewis College
OP-16: Commute Modal Split

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter Kathleen Hilimire
Assistant Professor
Environmental Studies
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Total full-time equivalent student enrollment:
2,918

Full-time equivalent of employees:
450.80

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:
51

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

We distributed a survey in-person as well as on-line that asked students, faculty, and staff for details about their commute to the Fort Lewis College campus. The survey asked a total of 24 questions, two of which were open-ended, and 22 were multiple choice or generic rating scale questions. We asked participants about their transportation behaviors along with their attitudes towards sustainability and social influence. We spent one week distributing 90 surveys in-person in each of the academic buildings on campus to the first people encountered that agreed to participate. We defined “academic building” as any facility on campus that had classrooms being regularly used throughout the academic week. All researchers were randomly assigned to each of their designated buildings and were asked to receive completed surveys from five different respondents. We also sent an online version of the survey through the campus e-mail listserv, available to all students, faculty, and staff, with the subject line “How did you get to campus today?” This survey was available for two weeks between the months of October and November 2017. We kept all responses anonymous. We received Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval for this research on October 1, 2017 by the Fort Lewis College IRB (IRB-2017-123).


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:
38

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

We distributed a survey in-person as well as on-line that asked students, faculty, and staff for details about their commute to the Fort Lewis College campus. The survey asked a total of 24 questions, two of which were open-ended, and 22 were multiple choice or generic rating scale questions. We asked participants about their transportation behaviors along with their attitudes towards sustainability and social influence. We spent one week distributing 90 surveys in-person in each of the academic buildings on campus to the first people encountered that agreed to participate. We defined “academic building” as any facility on campus that had classrooms being regularly used throughout the academic week. All researchers were randomly assigned to each of their designated buildings and were asked to receive completed surveys from five different respondents. We also sent an online version of the survey through the campus e-mail listserv, available to all students, faculty, and staff, with the subject line “How did you get to campus today?” This survey was available for two weeks between the months of October and November 2017. We kept all responses anonymous. We received Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval for this research on October 1, 2017 by the Fort Lewis College IRB (IRB-2017-123).


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:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data are based on a representative sample of campus and not a census. We asked about biking and walking together on the survey, so we've included the "carbon-free" commuting here under walking. Data were collected December 2017.

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