Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.54
Liaison Michael Amadori
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

Hobart and William Smith Colleges
OP-16: Commute Modal Split

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.64 / 5.00 Michael Amadori
Sustainability Manager
Office of Sustainability
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Total full-time equivalent student enrollment:
2,002

Full-time equivalent of employees:
768

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:
89.80

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

The Colleges are a residential campus, where the majority of students live in on-campus housing in a walkable, bikeable community. Those students living in on-campus housing use alternative modes (other than driving) of transportation for their primary means of transportation around campus. In fall 2016 and spring 2017, approximately 83.5% of students lived on campus. Only 16.5% of students lived off-campus in fall 2016 and spring 2017. It is estimated that 47% of all off-campus students used some form of alternative transportation. Furthermore, we assumed all 83.5% of students living on campus walk, bicycle, or use other non-motorized means as their primary transportation. This is because it is very easy to walk and bike around our small campus. Further, we have limited parking availability and spots closest to our academic buildings are reserved for employees. Therefore, it is likely that none of our students would drive from their on-campus housing to class.


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:
28.50

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

The Office of Sustainability conducted a faculty and staff transportation/commuting survey in fall 2015. Results show that 38% (n=273) of faculty and staff completed the survey out of 725 faculty and staff (headcount). Of the 273 respondents, 23% indicated they walked or bicycled to and from campus as their primary means of transportation. Another survey was conducted in summer 2017 as part of our Second Nature GHG inventory. Our response rate was 28% (207 out of 731) and indicated that only 66% of workers drove as their primary means of transportation. Combined with the above data we assume 71.5% of workers are driving. The newer survey also reported lower levels of workers that walk/bicycle to campus compared to 2015 and more workers who carpool or take the bus.


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 10.20 71.50
Zero-emissions vehicle --- ---
Walk, cycle, or other non-motorized mode 89.80 13.50
Vanpool or carpool 0 10
Public transport or campus shuttle 0 5
Motorcycle, motorized scooter/bike, or moped 0 0
Distance education / telecommute 0 0

Website URL where information about student or employee commuting is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The Colleges have a small residential campus, therefore walking and biking are much more convenient than driving for many students.

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