Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.38
Liaison Olivia Shehan
Submission Date Nov. 13, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Wellesley College
OP-17: Employee Commute Modal Split

Status Score Responsible Party
0.39 / 2.00 Dorothea Von Herder
Sustainability Coordinator
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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:

In 2015 we conducted a survey to collect commuting data from Wellesley faculty and staff. We had over 500 participants answer questions about the average number of days that people commute to campus, the average distance traveled, and mode(s) of transportation used and the likelihood of carpooling. Of those 500 responses, roughly 60% were staff and 38% were faculty (the remaining 2% classified themselves as “other”).

Our survey indicates that over 80% of faculty/staff drive to work by themselves. Commuters travel an average of 12 miles (one way) to get to work at Wellesley. Most employees (63.3%) commute to work 5+ days/week, with 21.4% commuting 4 days/week, 11% commuting 3 days per week and less than 4% commuting less than 2 days per week.
Of the employees who drive themselves to work, approximately 16% said they would consider carpooling and about 15% said they would probably consider carpooling. About half (49%) said probably not and about 19% indicated they would not carpool (mostly due to erratic schedules and shuttling their children back and forth).

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) 81
Walk, bicycle, or use other non-motorized means 11
Vanpool or carpool 3
Take a campus shuttle or public transportation 4
Use a motorcycle, scooter or moped 1
Telecommute for 50 percent or more of their regular work hours ---

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

We've attached the transportation section of our campus sustainability plan.

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