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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.28
Liaison Austin Eriksson
Submission Date Feb. 29, 2016
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STARS v2.0

California State University, Northridge
OP-19: Student Commute Modal Split

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.82 / 2.00 Mintesnot Woldeamanuel
Associate Professor
Urban Studies and Planning
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Total percentage of students that use more sustainable commuting options:
41

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) 59
Walk, bicycle, or use other non-motorized means 19
Vanpool or carpool 8
Take a campus shuttle or public transportation 13
Use a motorcycle, scooter or moped 1

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

To understand the transportation-related carbon footprints of the CSUN campus, to examine more sustainable options for the future, and to further study CSUN commuting patterns, the first survey was conducted in spring 2010. Based on the feedback from the survey results, CSUN implemented several infrastructure developments that curb the high dependency of automobile use. Those infrastructures include extension of bike lanes, building on-campus student housing units, carpool and ride share programs, electric car charging stations and an on-campus transit center. To understand the effects of those transportation and housing initiatives, a similar survey was conducted in spring 2015. A commuting practices and transportation preferences survey was distributed to a randomly selected sample of faculty, staff, and students. The survey was administered online between January 26 and February 28, 2015. The survey was sent out to 10,000 students and 1000 faculty and staff (25% of each category). We eventually received 1617 responses with 1228 students, 224 staff, 144 faculty and 21 unidentified (14% total response rate). The survey includes information on the commuting distance, mode choice, transportation preferences and challenges.


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.