Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 57.65
Liaison Michelle Gibbs
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

Hope College
OP-16: Commute Modal Split

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.56 / 5.00 Michelle Gibbs
Director
Office of Sustainability
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Total full-time equivalent student enrollment:
2,967

Full-time equivalent of employees:
731

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:
59

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

We have conducted surveys on campus in regards to sustainable behaviors (such as commuting to campus) but these numbers did not come from that data.
This is estimated based on the percentage of students that live on or near campus during the Fall 2019 semester. Numbers and percentages were received from The Student Development Office
Full-time enrolled student Housing Options
On campus Res Halls = living on campus
On campus apartment/cottage = Hope owned housing within 1 mile of campus
Parent commuter = living in Holland or even up to Grand Rapids
Off-campus = living approximately within 2 miles of campus
Fall 2019
Full-time enrolled students - 2827 (this does not include off campus study abroad students)
On campus Res Halls - 1417 = (we can assume 75% sustainable)
On campus apartment/cottage - 877 = (estimate 50% sustainable)
Parent commuter - 172 = (we can assume 100% single occupant vehicles)
Off-campus - 361 = (estimate 50% sustainable)

So Sustainable transportation = 1062 + 438 + 180 = 1,680 = 59%
Non-Sustainable transportation = 355 + 439 + 172 + 181 = 1,147 = 41%


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:
20

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

We have conducted surveys on campus in regards to sustainable behaviors (such as commuting to campus) but these numbers did not come from that data.

This is estimated based on the percentage of employees that live on or near campus and conversations with our Director of Operations based on our Master Plan.


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 41 80
Zero-emissions vehicle 0 2.50
Walk, cycle, or other non-motorized mode 52 15
Vanpool or carpool 5 1
Public transport or campus shuttle 0 0
Motorcycle, motorized scooter/bike, or moped 2 1.50
Distance education / telecommute 0 0

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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With both groups we find that sustainable commuting such as biking to campus (even for staff living farther away) is much higher between approximately April 1 - November 1.

Hope College also encourages participation in the greater Holland Area Green Commute Challenge so faculty, staff, and students can practice more sustainably transportation options that they can implement year round. http://www.the-macc.org/green-commute/

HOPE COLLEGE "WALK TO WORK PROGRAM"
A stable core-city neighborhood is vital to the mission of Hope College and to the Holland Community. The "Walk to Work Program" has been established to combat neighborhood deterioration, to improve the quality of life for members of the community, to serve as a catalyst for further efforts to improve core city neighborhoods, and to assist employees in building equity with home ownership.

The "Walk to Work Program" provides financial purchase and renovation incentives for benefit eligible Hope College and Creative Dining Services employees desiring to live in these targeted neighborhoods surrounding the College. Employees interested in this benefit are encouraged to visit the employee benefit page for specific policy details and information regarding the application and purchase process.

Did you know we have internal Ride Exchange and Marketplace services designated only for students, faculty and staff of Hope College? You can find links to these anytime in the “Resources” menu on inHope.

Ride Exchange is a website on our campus Intranet for the Hope Community to share rides to home, the airport or elsewhere. If you need a ride, start by looking in the Can Give a Ride category for someone who is available. If there is no ride posted, submit a new post by clicking the Submit link at the top of the page and filling out the form.

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