Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 61.29
Liaison Bonnie Dong
Submission Date Aug. 31, 2018
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STARS v2.1

MacEwan University
OP-16: Student Commute Modal Split

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.24 / 2.00 Kerstyn Lane
Engagement and Outreach Advisor
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Total percentage of students (graduate and undergraduate) that use more sustainable commuting options as their primary means of transportation:

A brief description of the method(s) used to gather data about student commuting, including the timeframe for when the analysis was conducted and how a representative sample was reached, if applicable:

In 2017, a survey was designed by the Sustainability Leadership Council and distributed among the MacEwan student community in 2017.

The results resemble the data obtained in a more comprehensive survey, which was conducted in 2014 (see below):
61.9 % of students use more sustainable commuting options as their primary means of transportation. This number entails the following percentages in detail:
Walk= 14.5%
Bike = 4.8%
Transit = 42.6%
Drive = 38.1% (not counted as sustainable commuting option)

The numbers provided in the optional fields below are from the 2014 survey as we gained more detailed information regarding the breakdown of the commuting options.

62.5% of all students use more sustainable modes of transportation.

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 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

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

The numbers provided in the optional fields are from the 2014 survey as we gained more detailed information regarding the breakdown of the commuting options.

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.