Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.36
Liaison Marianella Franklin
Submission Date Jan. 10, 2023

STARS v2.2

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
OP-16: Commute Modal Split

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.84 / 5.00 Maysam Pournik
Sustainability GHG Faculty Fellow
Mechanical Engineering
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Total full-time equivalent student enrollment:
23,161

Full-time equivalent of employees:
4,466

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:
61

A brief description of the method(s) used to gather data about student commuting:
A survey was sent out at the end of FY20 where commuting behaviors were analyzed. FY20 occurred in the middle of the pandemic so there is pre and post pandemic commuting habits. Commuting was also taken into account with the permits bought and the zipcode inputted

-PRE PANDEMIC- 37% (CARPOOL, COMMUTER RAIL, BUS, CARBON FREE)
-POST PANDEMIC-61% (CARPOOL, COMMUTER RAIL, BUS, CARBON FREE)

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:
35

A brief description of the method(s) used to gather data about employee commuting:
A survey was sent out at the end of FY20 where commuting behaviors were analyzed. FY20 occurred in the middle of the pandemic so there is pre and post pandemic commuting habits. Commuting was also taken into account with the permits bought and the zipcode inputted by taking the average distance.
-PRE PANDEMIC- 12 % (CARPOOL, COMMUTER RAIL, BUS, CARBON FREE)
-POST PANDEMIC- 35% (CARPOOL, COMMUTER RAIL, BUS, CARBON FREE)

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 68 88
Zero-emissions vehicle 13 4
Walk, cycle, or other non-motorized mode 5 3
Vanpool or carpool 15 8
Public transport or campus shuttle 5 1
Motorcycle, motorized scooter/bike, or moped 0 0
Distance education / telecommute 40 35

Website URL where information about student or employee commuting is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
Assessment conducted by third party, Sightlines/Gordian.

Assessment conducted by third party, Sightlines/Gordian.

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