Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 77.18
Liaison Daimon Eklund
Submission Date Oct. 12, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Washington, Seattle
OP-17: Employee Commute Modal Split

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.27 / 2.00 Claudia Frere-Anderson
UW Sustainability
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Total percentage of the institution’s employees that use more sustainable commuting options as their primary method of transportation:

A brief description of the method(s) used to gather data about employee commuting, including the timeframe for when the analysis was conducted and how a representative sample was reached, if applicable:

From 1991-2014, the University of Washington conducted a biennial study to evaluate awareness, use of, and satisfaction with the U-PASS transportation incentive program among university students, staff, and faculty. From 2015 moving forward, the study was conducted annually. Findings from the survey are also used to develop ridership estimates for program pricing and transit ridership models as well as to meet the University’s reporting requirements under the Washington State Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Law.

In 2017, the basic survey methodology included:
- The UW provided its survey vendor, Northwest Research Group (NWRG), with a current sample of all UW faculty, staff, and students.
- NWRG drew a random sample from within each segment to achieve the desired number of completed surveys (assuming an overall response rate of 50%).
- All those sampled with an email address were sent an email from the UW inviting them to complete the survey online.
- Those with an email address that did not respond were contacted by phone.
- Phone contacts were continued until the minimum response rate (50%) was achieved.
- All those without an email address were contacted by telephone.
- Vendor completed comprehensive analysis and reporting in report.
- Additional analysis of data conducted by the UW to more accurately report figures entered above.

The percentage of the institution's employees that use each of the following modes as their primary means of transportation to and from campus::
Percentage (0-100)
Commute with only the driver in the vehicle (excluding motorcycles and scooters) 33.50
Walk, bicycle, or use other non-motorized means 12.70
Vanpool or carpool 7.10
Take a campus shuttle or public transportation 37.20
Use a motorcycle, scooter or moped 0.50
Telecommute for 50 percent or more of their regular work hours 7.90

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

Consumer info: http://transportation.uw.edu/

Performance info: http://www.washington.edu/facilities/transportation/publications

The University of Washington Transportation Services office conducts a U-PASS survey biennially. The most recent survey was conducted in 2017. The final report for 2017 is still in progress, and will be published to our publications website: http://www.washington.edu/facilities/transportation/publications

A report will be published in February. Telecommuting is calculated as a percentage of all potential trips to campus, rather than a description of individual employee behavior.

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.