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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 67.88
Liaison Mary Easterling
Submission Date Sept. 14, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Pennsylvania State University
OP-17: Employee Commute Modal Split

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.62 / 2.00 Shelley McKeague
Environmental Compliance Specialist
Engineering Services
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Total percentage of the institution’s employees that use more sustainable commuting options as their primary method of transportation:
31

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:

We obtained student data from Fall 2015 student headcounts and on-campus resident data, as reported in Credit IC-3 Academics and Demographics. Parking Permit and CATA RidePass data for FY15/16 was provided by Transportation Services.

Percentage was calculated as follows:
17,027 faculty/staff
11,784 faculty/staff permits issued (69%)
991 RidePass - CATA Bus Program (6%)
436 Vanpool/Carpool (3%)

There are going to be overlaps in data. For example, members of a carpool may all keep individual parking passes and get counted in the drive-alone category.

The remaining faculty/staff, 3.816 (22%), were assigned to the bike/walk category because they do not have parking permits, do not participate in a carpool/vanpool nor use public transportation on a regular basis (RidePass).


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) 69
Walk, bicycle, or use other non-motorized means 22
Vanpool or carpool 3
Take a campus shuttle or public transportation 6
Use a motorcycle, scooter or moped 0
Telecommute for 50 percent or more of their regular work hours 0

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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.