Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Wesley Enterline
Submission Date April 22, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
OP-19: Student Commute Modal Split

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Wesley Enterline
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Planning and Management
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Total percentage of students that use more sustainable commuting options:
80.30

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) 19.70
Walk, bicycle, or use other non-motorized means 38.40
Vanpool or carpool 0
Take a campus shuttle or public transportation 0
Use a motorcycle, scooter or moped 2

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

Since there is not a reliable method of calculating this number and in the absence of a scientific survey, some assumptions are made based on campus parking permits. While there are some who drive without permits, all parking on campus requires a permit and it is safe to assume most vehicles that come to campus are single occupancy vehicles. To balance these two outliers, we assume that all vehicles are single occupancy vehicles to account for those that use parking meters regularly. In reality, there are probably a decent percentage of students that carpool and obviously plenty of metered parking used regularly.

Additionally, there are commuter permits owned by students who live locally, but only use their vehicles sporadically. There is also a lightly used regional bus service. This would indicate that those who use sustainable transportation might be higher. However, there are 1,868 Residential permits sold to students in the Residence Halls and many of them travel home on weekends. Since this is not strictly related or required to attend classes, it is not considered part of our measurement but is large enough to note the significant emissions that accumulate from this practice. Therefore, we consider our assumption to be conservative in nature until a proper measurement of sustainable transportation use can be assessed but we do acknowledge that our conservative estimate is more than negated by the practice of weekend travel by on-campus, residential students, who make up 38.4% of our population.


The website URL where information about sustainable transportation for students is available:

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 and complete the Data Inquiry Form.