Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 74.86
Liaison Alyssa Erding
Submission Date Jan. 19, 2021

STARS v2.2

Macalester College
OP-16: Commute Modal Split

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.11 / 5.00 Christie Manning
Director of Sustainability
Sustainability Office
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Total full-time equivalent student enrollment:
1,882

Full-time equivalent of employees:
666.65

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:
95

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

We combined the transportation survey with our sustainability literacy survey. The questions included queries about both pre-and post pandemic norms for traveling both to and from campus, and to places in the community for appointments, internships, errands, etc. The survey was administered to students in the fall of 2020 and asked about current practices and (for those who were on campus in spring of 2020) pre-pandemic norms.
The survey was distributed in the daily newsletter and on the class Facebook pages.


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:
46

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

Macalester conducts surveys among among faculty and staff. The survey was a administered via our daily newsletter, and included options for respondents to select whether they use a certain mode of transportation "never", "rarely", "sometimes", "often", "always", and that they "don't have access to this form of transportation". We only counted the "always" response and tallied the totals for each sustainable transportation type, divided by the total number of people who filled out the survey.


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 5 57
Zero-emissions vehicle --- 3
Walk, cycle, or other non-motorized mode 92 ---
Vanpool or carpool 1 4
Public transport or campus shuttle 2 2
Motorcycle, motorized scooter/bike, or moped 0 2
Distance education / telecommute --- 77

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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