Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 49.29
Liaison Bonnie Dong
Submission Date Oct. 30, 2014
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STARS v2.0

MacEwan University
OP-19: Student Commute Modal Split

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.25 / 2.00 Emma Shipalesky
Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Total percentage of students that use more sustainable commuting options:
62.70

The percentage of students that use each of the following modes as their primary means of transportation to get to and from campus::
Percentage (0-100)
Commute with only the driver in the vehicle (excluding motorcycles and scooters) 31
Walk, bicycle, or use other non-motorized means 5.80
Vanpool or carpool 3.50
Take a campus shuttle or public transportation 52.90
Use a motorcycle, scooter or moped 0.30

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

This data was collected using a survey developed by the Office of Sustainability and Institutional Analysis and Planning. A short survey was chosen to help ensure a good response and coordinate between the start of the fall term and the timelines of the STARS submission. Since the Office of Sustainability is just starting to plan and implement transportation-related initiatives, it was not possible to ask questions directly related to these initiatives. This will be done in future surveys, to be scheduled in the spring to match the timing of the University’s employee survey.

Students were first asked if they are new or returning students. Returning students were asked to report on their commuting patterns from the previous year while new students were then asked to answer the proceeding questions based on their anticipated commuting behaviours. Information on the type of transportation they used to get to school, how often they used it, and if it changed depending on the season was gathered. Students were also asked to provide the first three digits of their home postal codes. This was used to provide an estimate of the distance they commuted to and from school.

The questionnaire was administered to all students at MacEwan University who were registered in at least one credit course in September 2014. Invitation emails were sent to approximately 16,000 students. Approximate 18% of completed surveys were rejected due to issues with the responses (e.g., insufficient information provided about campus or more than seven days per week of travel indicated). The valid response rate was 30%.


The website URL where information about sustainable transportation for students is available:
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