Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 70.78
Liaison Amber Saxton
Submission Date Sept. 1, 2017
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STARS v2.1

George Mason University
OP-17: Employee Commute Modal Split

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.46 / 2.00 Mary Liang
Sustainability Analyst


Institution's employees (faculty, staff, and administrators) get to and from campus using more sustainable commuting options such as walking, bicycling, vanpooling or carpooling, taking public transportation, riding motorcycles or scooters, riding a campus shuttle, telecommuting, or a combination of these options.

Employees who live on campus should be included in the calculation based on how they get to and from their workplace.



This credit applies to all institutions.


Institutions earn the maximum of 2 points for this credit by having all employees use alternative more sustainable modes of transportation for getting to and from campus.   Incremental points are awarded based on the percentage of employees that use alternative more sustainable modes as their primary method of transportation. For example, an institution for which 50 percent of employees use alternative more sustainable modes and the other 50 percent drive alone would earn 1 point (half of the available points for this credit).

Points for this credit are calculated automatically in the STARS Reporting Tool as follows:



Total percentage of the institution’s employees using more sustainable commuting options (0-100)


Total points earned





Up to 2



Report the most recent data available from within the three years prior to the anticipated date of submission.

Sampling and Data Standards

Institutions may use a representative sample to gather data about employee commuting behavior. For information about how to measure commuting behavior, see the guidance provided by the Massachusetts Rideshare Program and the South Coast Air Quality Management District.The provides guidelines on how to measure commuting behavior (PDF).

This credit is scored based on the percentage of employees using alternatives to single-occupancy vehicle commuting (i.e. more sustainable commuting options).



The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.