Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.65
Liaison John Gardner
Submission Date Nov. 27, 2019
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University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
OP-16: Student Commute Modal Split

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.11 / 2.00 John Gardner
Sustainability Planning & Policy Analyst
Office of Sustainability
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Total percentage of students (graduate and undergraduate) that use more sustainable commuting options as their primary means of transportation:
55.50

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:

A survey was sent to all students in November 2017. 3,720 student respondents completed the survey. The sampling frame was all students, faculty, and staff with a current UWM e-mail account. The survey was distributed by email to the entire sampling frame. This was done by sending an anonymous Qualtrics survey link to all UWM e-mail addresses. The survey was initially distributed on Wednesday, November 1, 2017. Follow-up reminder emails were distributed on Monday, November 6 and Tuesday, November 14. The survey remained open from November 1 until November 19, a total of 19 days. Throughout this period, a total of 4,216 unique individuals opened the survey, resulting in a raw response rate of 14.5% of the campus population (29,012 people).

Of 4,216 raw survey responses, 3,460 (11.9% of the campus population) were determined to be complete enough to use for the greenhouse gas inventory commuting analysis. Specifically, 211 opened the survey but did not answer any questions, 43 declined to participate (responded “no” to the first question about participating), 42 agreed to participate but did not answer any questions, and 460 agreed to participate but did not answer enough questions to determine their commuting behavior.


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) 43.70
Walk, bicycle, or use other non-motorized means 16
Vanpool or carpool 4
Take a campus shuttle or public transportation 34.20
Use a motorcycle, scooter or moped 0.40

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Data was supplied by a Transportation Survey conducted in November 2017. The sum of the percentage of students that use more sustainable commuting options and the percentage of students that commute with only the driver in the vehicle does not equal 100 because 0.8% of students also responded with "Other" as a mode of transportation which was not quantified as either more sustainable or not.

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