Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.22
Liaison Olivia Wiebe
Submission Date Jan. 28, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Idaho
OP-16: Commute Modal Split

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.41 / 5.00 Rebecca Couch
Director
Parking and Transportation Services
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Total full-time equivalent student enrollment:
8,811.86

Full-time equivalent of employees:
2,301.71

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:
49

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

A transportation research project began in Spring 2021 (a partnership between UI PTS and UI Engineering department, professor Mike Lowry). The project involved a survey sent to all students asking questions about their experience using modes of transportation other than a personal vehicle and how they get around in Moscow and on campus. 5% of the student body responded to the survey (498 students). The 49% data point comes from a question that asked the students how they got around Moscow "last week". 51% drove alone, 7% bikes, 31% walked, 3% rode the bus and 8% carpooled, totaling 49% that use more sustainable commuting options for their primary mode of transportation.


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:
44.80

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

Commuter data was gathered through the 2022 Campus Sustainability Survey. Respondents were asked how frequently they used different modes of transportation. 116 respondents identified a primary mode of transportation by indicating "Always". Percentages are based off of these 116 responses.

We distributed the survey to a representative sample of the Moscow campus by email. An invitation was sent out by University Communications and Marketing in January 2021 to both the students and the employees. The Sustainability Center sent out reminders and marketing for two consecutive weeks through a weekly newsletter as well as through the university's daily employee email, the Daily Register.


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 51 55.17
Zero-emissions vehicle --- 1.72
Walk, cycle, or other non-motorized mode 38 28.44
Vanpool or carpool 8 12.07
Public transport or campus shuttle 3 1.72
Motorcycle, motorized scooter/bike, or moped --- 0.86
Distance education / telecommute --- ---

Website URL where information about student or employee commuting is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:

Employee and student enrollment count data provided by Institutional Research office (iea-data@uidaho.edu)

Part 1: Rebecca Couch, Director; Parking and Transportation Services

Part 2: Olivia Wiebe, Sustainability Center Coordinator; Department of Student Involvement

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