Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.11
Liaison Elizabeth Malcolm
Submission Date Jan. 19, 2023

STARS v2.2

Virginia Wesleyan University
OP-16: Commute Modal Split

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.61 / 5.00 Elizabeth Malcolm
Director of Sustainability
Earth and Environmental Sciences
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Total full-time equivalent student enrollment:
1,348

Full-time equivalent of employees:
231

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:
84.30

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

A transportation survey was created for student commuters in spring 2022. The survey was sent out to commuter students by the office of Student Activities, distributed in some classes, and was available at a table with completion prizes at a well attended campus event. Of the respondents, 100% indicated that their primary mode of transportation to class was single occupancy vehicles. This is an increase from a pre-pandemic survey in which a small percentage of students carpooled, biked, or rode the bus.

VWU is a small, primarily residential campus, and based on observations of student behavior and discussions with students, it was determined that it was reasonable to assume that all residential students walk, skateboard, or bike from their dorm to class. We also have a significant number of distance learning students who take 100% of their classes online. These categories combined, comprise 84.3% of our full-time equivalent students.


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:
1.70

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

A transportation survey was sent out to the faculty listserv in Spring 2022. The vast majority of respondents come to campus in single-occupancy vehicles. We have a small number of faculty who either carpool, bike, walk, or drive EVs.
Based on conversations with non-academic staff on campus, it was assumed that nearly 100% of non-academic staff driving to campus in single-occupancy vehicles.


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 --- ---
Zero-emissions vehicle --- ---
Walk, cycle, or other non-motorized mode --- ---
Vanpool or carpool --- ---
Public transport or campus shuttle --- ---
Motorcycle, motorized scooter/bike, or moped --- ---
Distance education / telecommute --- ---

Website URL where information about student or employee commuting is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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