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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 77.43
Liaison Claudia Frere-Anderson
Submission Date Oct. 14, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Washington, Seattle
OP-19: Student Commute Modal Split

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.86 / 2.00 Josh Kavanagh
Director
Transportation Services
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Total percentage of students that use more sustainable commuting options:
92.90

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) 7.10
Walk, bicycle, or use other non-motorized means 45.60
Vanpool or carpool 4.40
Take a campus shuttle or public transportation 41.50
Use a motorcycle, scooter or moped 0.70

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

Since 1991, the University of Washington has conducted a biennial study to evaluate awareness, use of, and satisfaction with the U-PASS transportation incentive program among university students, staff, and faculty. Findings from the survey are also used to develop ridership estimates for program pricing and transit ridership models as well as to meet the University’s reporting requirements under the Washington State Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Law.
In 2014, the basic survey methodology included:
- The UW provided its survey vendor, Northwest Research Group (NWRG), with a current sample of all UW faculty, staff, and students.
- NWRG drew a random sample from within each segment to achieve the desired number of completed surveys (assuming an overall response rate of 50%).
- All those sampled with an email address were sent an email from the UW inviting them to complete the survey online.
- Those with an email address that did not respond were contacted by phone.
- Phone contacts were continued until the minimum response rate (50%) was achieved.
- All those without an email address were contacted by telephone.
- Vendor completed comprehensive analysis and reporting in report.
- Additional analysis of data conducted by the UW to more accurately report figures entered above.


The website URL where information about sustainable transportation for students is available:

Consumer info: http://transportation.uw.edu/

Performance info: http://www.washington.edu/facilities/transportation/publications

The University of Washington Transportation Services office conducts a U-PASS survey biennially. The most recent survey was conducted in 2014, and the report is listed on our publications website: http://www.washington.edu/facilities/transportation/publications

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.