Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.74
Liaison Krista Bailey
Submission Date Oct. 20, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Pennsylvania State University
OP-20: Employee Commute Modal Split

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.76 / 2.00 Shelley McKeague
Environmental Compliance Specialist
Engineering Services
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Total percentage of the institution’s employees that use more sustainable commuting options:

The percentage of the institution's employees that use each of the following modes as their primary means of transportation to and from campus::
Percentage (0-100)
Commute with only the driver in the vehicle (excluding motorcycles and scooters) 62
Walk, bicycle, or use other non-motorized means 29
Vanpool or carpool 3
Take a campus shuttle or public transportation 6
Use a motorcycle, scooter or moped 0
Telecommute for 50 percent or more of their regular work hours 0

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

16,703 faculty/staff
10301 faculty/staff permits issued (62%)
991 Ride for 5 - CATA Bus Program (6%)
436 Vanpool/Carpool (3%)

There are going to be overlaps in data. For example, members of a carpool may all keep individual parking passes and get counted in the drive-alone category.

The remaining faculty/staff, 4,975 (29%), are assigned to the bike/walk category because they do not have parking permits, do not participate in a carpool/vanpool nor use public transportation on a regular basis (Ride for 5)

Penn State conducted a Travel Study in 2011. Results showed a higher use of carpool\vanpool (10%) and CATA Bus (15% faculty, 7% staff) than the above methodology shows. 12% of faculty indicated they biked to work.

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

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