Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.12
Liaison Amir Nadav
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of St. Thomas
OP-16: Commute Modal Split

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.61 / 5.00 Amir Nadav
Assistant Director of Campus Sustainability
Office of Sustainability Initiatives
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Total full-time equivalent student enrollment:
8,580

Full-time equivalent of employees:
1,499

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:
77.41

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

We gathered data about student commuting from responses to a campus sustainability survey that was administered in October 2020 to the entire university community. All 9,793 students, including undergraduate and graduate, received the survey. 16.09% (n=1,576) of the recipients responded to the question about their primary mode of transportation to and from campus.

The male/female split of student respondents to the campus sustainability survey was 37.8%/62.2% while the population is roughly evenly split (50.2%/49.7%). Relative to the student population, graduate students were underrepresented by 9.2% among survey respondents and white respondents were overrepresented by +7%. First-year students were overrepresented by 7.7%.


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:
42.33

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

We gathered data about employee commuting from responses to a campus sustainability survey that was administered in October 2020 to the entire university community. All 1,901 employees, including faculty and staff, received the survey. 38.77% (n=737) of the recipients responded to the question about their primary mode of transportation to and from campus.

Among those who answered the campus sustainability survey, full-time staff were overrepresented by 12.9% and adjunct faculty were underrepresented by 10.1% relative to the each group's representation in the entire population of employees.


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 20.69 56.31
Zero-emissions vehicle 0.13 0.68
Walk, cycle, or other non-motorized mode 43.78 11.13
Vanpool or carpool 2.03 2.71
Public transport or campus shuttle 2.73 2.85
Motorcycle, motorized scooter/bike, or moped 0.06 0.27
Distance education / telecommute 28.68 24.69

Website URL where information about student or employee commuting is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The figures above do not add up to 100% because 1.90% (n=30) of students and 1.35% (n=10) of employees selected "other" or more than one mode of transportation.

This credit provides the total full-time equivalent (FTE) student enrollment and FTE of employees for fall 2020, to match the period when the transportation survey was administered. As a result, FTE figures reported in this credit differ from those reported in the STARS preface, which is based on fall 2019.

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