Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 72.07
Liaison Katie Koscielak
Submission Date May 7, 2020

STARS v2.2

Humboldt State University
OP-16: Commute Modal Split

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.17 / 5.00 Morgan King
Sustainability & Waste Coordinator
Facilities Management
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Total full-time equivalent student enrollment:
7,353

Full-time equivalent of employees:
1,252

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:
68

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

The Office of Sustainability works with the Office of Institutional Effectiveness (IE) to conduct an annual commuter survey every spring semester. The survey poses a series of questions to assess commuting practices of students, faculty and staff (the survey sent to students asks the same questions as the survey sent to faculty and staff). Results from the survey are used to track commuting patterns, to better understand programmatic impacts, and to estimate Scope 3 GHG emissions. The annual online survey is hosted by Qualtrics and administered via email to a random sample of HSU students (includes baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate, resident and non-resident students from all disciplines).
761 students submitted a response to the survey, or approximately 10% of the student population.
It is understood that students may utilize a diversity of modes on different days to commute to campus, as opposed to a single mode every day (e.g., a student may carpool some days and ride a bike other days, and when it’s raining they may drive alone). For this survey, the primary mode of transportation is the mode a respondent indicates is utilized more often than other modes within the semester that the survey is deployed.
The survey does not include a question about the use of zero-emissions vehicles. Although we are starting to see more electric vehicles on campus than in previous years, there currently is only one electric vehicle charger on campus and little is done to promote or encourage their use. However, future surveys will include a question about zero-emissions vehicles so that we can establish a baseline.


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:
36

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

Similar to what was said in Part 1 above, the commuter survey is administered to a random sample of faculty and staff members across all departments and at the same time as the commuter survey is administered to students (the survey sent to students asks the same questions as the survey sent to faculty and staff).
400 faculty and staff members submitted a response to the survey, over 30% of the employee population at HSU.
Faculty and staff members may also utilize a diversity of modes on different days to commute to campus, as opposed to a single mode every day they come to work. Similarly, the primary mode of transportation is the mode a respondent indicates is utilized more often than other modes within the semester the survey is deployed. No questions are asked about zero-emissions vehicles at this time.


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 32 64
Zero-emissions vehicle --- ---
Walk, cycle, or other non-motorized mode 42 16
Vanpool or carpool 12 14
Public transport or campus shuttle 15 3
Motorcycle, motorized scooter/bike, or moped 2 3
Distance education / telecommute 0 1

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

The attached spreadsheet includes the questions asked in the commuter survey. Responses identify primary mode of travel to/from campus for students separately from faculty/staff. The OP-16 Reporting sheet summarizes percentage of students and employees utilizing the various modes of transportation, which corresponds to rows 826-827 (in the Students_Raw sheet) and rows 426-427 (in the Faculty_Staff_Raw sheet).

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