Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 52.49
Liaison Angela Oberg
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2023

STARS v2.2

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick Campus
OP-16: Commute Modal Split

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.71 / 5.00 Angie Oberg
Associate Director
Office of Climate Action
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Total full-time equivalent student enrollment:
45,329

Full-time equivalent of employees:
16,672

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:
69.56

A brief description of the method(s) used to gather data about student commuting:
The Rutgers Climate Task Force conducted a survey of Rutgers faculty, staff, and students from August 17, 2020 through September 11, 2020 to inventory the greenhouse gas producing practices of the Rutgers community. The data collected from this survey were used to inform the calculation of the baseline level of greenhouse gases produced by the University and evaluate the potential of specific climate solutions to achieve carbon neutrality. The survey instrument was developed by the Task Force and administered by the Rutgers Office Institutional Research and Academic Planning (OIRAP). OIRAP used student rolls from Fall 2019 and included institutional data in the deidentified dataset provided to the Task Force to supplement information collected in the survey. These data points include: chancellor’s area, campus, status (faculty, staff, or student), zip code from permanent address, gender, race/ethnicity, age, residency (students only), county for NJ residents (students only), state for out-of-state residents (students only), country of citizenship (international students only), student level (students only), and class level (students only). Graduate and undergraduate responses were weighted in proportion to the student population.

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:
12.78

A brief description of the method(s) used to gather data about employee commuting:
The Rutgers Climate Task Force conducted a survey of Rutgers faculty, staff, and students from August 17, 2020 through September 11, 2020 to inventory the greenhouse gas producing practices of the Rutgers community. The data collected from this survey were used to inform the calculation of the baseline level of greenhouse gases produced by the University and evaluate the potential of specific climate solutions to achieve carbon neutrality. The survey instrument was developed by the Task Force and administered by the Rutgers Office Institutional Research and Academic Planning (OIRAP). OIRAP used student rolls from Fall 2019 and included institutional data in the deidentified dataset provided to the Task Force to supplement information collected in the survey. These data points include: chancellor’s area, campus, status (faculty, staff, or student), zip code from permanent address, gender, race/ethnicity, age, residency (students only), county for NJ residents (students only), state for out-of-state residents (students only), country of citizenship (international students only), student level (students only), and class level (students only). Faculty and staff responses were weighted in proportion to the employee populations.

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 --- ---
Zero-emissions vehicle --- ---
Walk, cycle, or other non-motorized mode --- ---
Vanpool or carpool --- ---
Public transport or campus shuttle --- ---
Motorcycle, motorized scooter/bike, or moped --- ---
Distance education / telecommute --- ---

Website URL where information about student or employee commuting is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
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