Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 59.70
Liaison Tamera Jahnke
Submission Date April 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

Missouri State University
OP-16: Commute Modal Split

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.24 / 5.00 Doug Neidigh
Sustainability Coordinator
Environmental Management
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Total full-time equivalent student enrollment:
18,463

Full-time equivalent of employees:
2,104

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:
48.27

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

As part of the campus-wide Sustainability Culture Assessment, students were asked to identify their primary mode of transportation to get to and from the Missouri State campus. A total of 357 students responded to this question on the survey during the fall 2020.The survey was online. A link to the faculty/staff survey was posted on the weekly newsletter, that goes out to all faculty and staff, for two weeks. Emails were also sent to all department heads to share the link to the survey with employees.

The student survey was shared with faculty to share with students in classes. The information was also shared with student group advisors to promote to various student groups. Tabling was also done in the student union to encourage students to complete the survey.


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:
13.90

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

As part of the campus-wide Sustainability Culture Assessment, employees were asked to identify their primary mode of transportation to get to and from the Missouri State campus. A total of 333 employees responded to this question on the survey during the fall of 2020.


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 46.05 79.15
Zero-emissions vehicle --- ---
Walk, cycle, or other non-motorized mode 36.44 6.04
Vanpool or carpool 5.37 6.04
Public transport or campus shuttle 6.21 0.91
Motorcycle, motorized scooter/bike, or moped 0.28 0.91
Distance education / telecommute 5.65 6.95

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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Sustainability Culture Assessment
Students

1. Which of the following is your primary mode of transportation to get to and from Missouri State University (please check only one)?
a. Commute with only the driver in the vehicle (not including motorcycles and scooters)
b. Walk, bicycle, or use other non-motorized means
c. Carpool
d. Take a campus shuttle or public transportation
e. Use a motorcycle, scooter, or moped
f. Telecommute for 50 percent or more of your regular school hours

2. How many miles do you travel to campus?
a. <5 miles
b. 5-10 miles
c. 11-20 miles
d. 21-30 miles
e. >30 miles
f. 0 miles – Live on campus

3. When choosing where to attend college, how important were the school's sustainability efforts and programs?
a. not at all important
b. slightly important
c. somewhat important
d. quite important
e. extremely important

4. During the past year, how often did you use a reusable water bottle, coffee cup, travel mug, etc.?
a. did not do this in the past year
b. occasionally
c. sometimes
d. often
e. all the time

5. Do you think climate change is happening?
a. Yes
b. No
c. I don't know

6. Assuming climate change is happening, do you think it is...
a. Caused mostly by human activities
b. Caused mostly by natural changes
c. Caused by both human activities and natural changes
d. None of the above because climate change is not happening

7. Are you aware of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals?
a. Very aware
b. Somewhat aware
c. Never heard of them

8. Who or what have been the main influences in shaping your views about sustainability?
a. Friends or classmates
b. Parents or other family members
c. K-12 teachers
d. MSU professors/instructors/courses
e. Childhood experiences outdoors
f. Media--readings, video, movies, TV, etc.

9. Have you ever taken a course at MSU that addressed sustainability?
a. Yes
b. No
c. I don’t know

10. How much do you know about the MSU Student Sustainability Fund?
a. Never heard of this
b. Heard of this but don’t know much about it
c. Know some about this
d. Know a lot about this
e. Participate(d) in this

11. Were you aware that MSU has a Sustainability Minor?
a. Yes
b. No

12. What has helped you shape your thoughts or awareness on sustainability the most on campus?
a. Course(s)
b. Student group(s)
c. Observing sustainability in practice on campus
d. Social media
e. Other students

13. Which sustainability initiative would you be most likely to participate in?
a. Sustainability minor
b. Student group
c. Submit project for Sustainability Fund
d. Campus garden
e. Recycling and waste reduction
f. Social sustainability initiatives (I.E. promoting health and wellbeing, addressing hunger or poverty issues, addressing education or gender equality issues, etc.)
g. None

14. Do you recycle on campus?
a. Yes
b. No

15. If you answered “no” on the previous question, why?
a. Don’t think it is necessary
b. Not enough recycling containers on campus
c. Not adequate signage on containers indicating how and what to recycle

16. Do you help conserve energy on campus or at home by turning off lights, adjusting thermostats, using power saving modes on electronics, unplugging unused electronic, etc.?
a. Yes
b. No

17. Overall, how committed are you to sustainability?
a. Very committed
b. Somewhat committed
c. Not very committed
d. Not at all committed

18. What is the main method for you to receive information about what is happening on campus?
a. Twitter
b. Instagram
c. Snap Chat
d. Facebook
e. Campus fliers/newsletter
f. Word of mouth from other students

19. What outdoor activities on campus do you participate in?
a. Studying
b. Relaxing
c.
20. Overall, how would you rate/grade MSU's sustainability efforts?
a. Very Good
b. Good
c. Fair
d. Poor
e. Very Poor

21. Do you live in (check one):
a. A MSU residence hall (which one?):
b. Off-campus apartment
c. Off-campus house
d. Off-campus housing such as a sorority, fraternity, or co-op.
e. Parent's house
f. Other (please specify):

22. Are you a:
a. First-year student (Freshman)
b. Sophomore
c. Junior
d. Senior
e. Graduate student/Professional student

23. Are you:
a. Female
b. Male
c. Other (please specify):
d. Choose not to respond

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