Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 73.03
Liaison Mark Lichtenstein
Submission Date June 7, 2016
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State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
OP-16: Student Commute Modal Split

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.62 / 2.00 Mark Lichtenstein
Executive Director of Sustainability
Energy and Sustainability
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Total percentage of students (graduate and undergraduate) that use more sustainable commuting options as their primary means of transportation:
81

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 the Spring of 2016, the Office of Sustainability surveyed ESF faculty, staff, and students about their commuting habits. The survey used to collect this data asked students about commuting activity in warmer months versus colder months. Based on average yearly temperature, Syracuse has four cold months (Jan., Feb., March, and Dec.) and eight warm months (April, May, June, July, Aug., Sept., Oct., and Nov.). The survey asked students if they attended school in the summer. 20% of students said "yes" and 80% said "no." The numbers reported are the result of the weighted average accounting for warm months, cold months, and students who attend school year-round (12 months out of the year) versus only in the spring and fall terms (nine months out of the year).


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) 20
Walk, bicycle, or use other non-motorized means 68
Vanpool or carpool 6
Take a campus shuttle or public transportation 7
Use a motorcycle, scooter or moped 0

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