Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 58.21
Liaison Jeannie Matheison
Submission Date Feb. 27, 2019
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STARS v2.1

University of Idaho
OP-16: Student Commute Modal Split

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.34 / 2.00 Jeannie L. Matheison
Sustainability Center
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Total percentage of students (graduate and undergraduate) that use more sustainable commuting options as their primary means of transportation:

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:

The UI Campus Sustainability Survey 2018 is modeled on the Sustainability Cultural Indicators Project (SCIP) developed by the University of Michigan. We adjusted the questions to fit our campus, removed some of the items, and added a few of our own. In years prior, we conducted a separate transportation survey to calculate the commute modal split of students and employees, but this year we incorporated transportation questions into this cultural and environmental literacy assessment to reduce survey fatigue. We ended up with two surveys: one for students and one for employees. The employee survey is twenty questions in length. The student survey has ten additional environmental literacy questions for a total of thirty questions. We conducted cognitive interviews of the complete survey to identify and correct wording, question order, visual design, and navigation problems.

We worked with the Institutional Review Board (IRB) office, who determined that this project did not meet the definition of human subject research because the data is not being used for research purposes.

We distributed the survey to a representative sample of the Moscow campus by email (Appendix A); it was sent out by University Communications and Marketing in November 2017. As a matter of university policy, we were not permitted to send email reminders; as an alternative, we sent one reminder to each cohort by way of the Daily Register and the MyUidaho news feed. The response rate is 12% for students and 19% for employees. The resulting data is de-identified, which means the survey is anonymous.

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) 33
Walk, bicycle, or use other non-motorized means 57
Vanpool or carpool 9
Take a campus shuttle or public transportation 1
Use a motorcycle, scooter or moped 0

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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