Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 55.78
Liaison Jennifer McLaughlin
Submission Date Dec. 9, 2019
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STARS v2.1

South Dakota State University
OP-17: Employee Commute Modal Split

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.29 / 2.00 Jennifer McLaughlin
Sustainability Intern
Facilities and Services
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Total percentage of the institution’s employees that use more sustainable commuting options as their primary method of transportation:
14.29

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

The following two questions were included in the Fall 2018 sustainability assessment and assessing culture survey. This survey was sent out to a representative sample of the employee population.

What is your primary means of transportation to get to and from campus during the SUMMER (mid-May to mid-Aug) months? If you live on campus, indicate your primary means of transportation to get around campus.
•I am not on campus during the summer (mid-May to mid-Aug)
•Walk
•Bike
•Carpool
•Public transportation
•Motorcycle/moped
•Drive by yourself (excludes motorcycles/mopeds)
•Other non-motorized means (i.e. skateboards, longboards, scooters)

What is your primary means of transportation to get to and from campus during the ACADEMIC (mid-Aug to mid-May) year? If you live on campus indicate your primary means of transportation to get around campus.
•I am not on campus during the academic year (mid-Aug to mid-May)
•Walk
•Bike
•Carpool
•Public transportation
•Motorcycle/moped
•Drive by yourself (excludes motorcycles/mopeds)
•Other non-motorized means (i.e. skateboards, long boards, scooters)

The two questions data were compared. All respondents who indicated they were not on campus for both the summer and academic year were removed. Then, it was noted if the respondent used sustainable means of transportation during 1 or both of the time frames. If a respondent used sustainable means of transportation during both time frames or used it during one time, but was not on campus during the other, they were considered to use sustainable means as their primary means of transportation. All other respondents were considered to not use sustainable means of transportation. A simple percentage was calculated using these numbers.


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) ---
Walk, bicycle, or use other non-motorized means ---
Vanpool or carpool ---
Take a campus shuttle or public transportation ---
Use a motorcycle, scooter or moped ---
Telecommute for 50 percent or more of their regular work hours ---

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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As SDSU is located in a northern climate, people may like to ride a bike or walk to class, but it may not be feasible during the majority of the school year. Brookings public transportation is on an on-call basis and does not serve a regular fixed-route.

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 and complete the Data Inquiry Form.