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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 68.58
Liaison Mary Ellen Mallia
Submission Date Jan. 15, 2016
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STARS v2.0

University at Albany
OP-19: Student Commute Modal Split

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.30 / 2.00 Mary Ellen Mallia
Director of Environmental Sustainability
Finance and Business
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Total percentage of students that use more sustainable commuting options:
65

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) 35
Walk, bicycle, or use other non-motorized means 18
Vanpool or carpool 3
Take a campus shuttle or public transportation 43
Use a motorcycle, scooter or moped 0

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

The Office of Environmental Sustainability, the Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness and Urban Planning Directors created the “UAlbany Student Transportation Survey: Fall 2013 based off of a similar survey conducted in the 2006-2007 school year. Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates completed that study, which was conducted at the Harriman Campus. The 2013 survey was conducted in a similar manner, with additional questions added that were more up-to-date and tailored to the UAlbany population specifically. There were 1036 students who completed the survey. Twenty-five percent of the students live in one of the four on-campus quads (Indian, Dutch, Colonial and State), 12% live in one of the campus apartments (Empire Commons, Liberty Terrace and Freedom Apartments), 4% live downtown on Alumni Quad and 58% live off-campus.


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.