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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 65.89
Liaison Marian Brown
Submission Date Dec. 13, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Wells College
OP-17: Employee Commute Modal Split

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.40 / 2.00 Marian Brown
Director
Center for Sustainability and the Environment
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Total percentage of the institution’s employees that use more sustainable commuting options as their primary method of transportation:
20

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:

Campus Safety reports that employee vehicle registration data is unreliable as an employee registers once when they are hired, receiving a vehicle registration sticker at that time. So data about home address is likely out of date for many.

We used more reliable reports about employees using the campus shuttle between the Wells campus and Ithaca - currently 5 employees regularly use this service.

A number of Wells College employees live in adjacent College housing, so they feasibly have the option to walk or bike. A number of those responses were captured in the survey data below.

In February 2016, we sent all employees a survey requesting more detailed information about their commute (how often per week, how far, as well as asking for the % breakdown of transportation modes listed above). We received a 30% response rate, which we consider representative of our campus community, as all employee categories were reflected.

Of 52 respondents to the question requesting the primary mode of transportation (50% or higher), 85% primarily drove alone; 9% walked to work; 10% reported carpooling; 2% used the campus shuttle. None reported using motorcycles or other small 2-wheel vehicles or telecommuting more than 50% of the time.


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) 80
Walk, bicycle, or use other non-motorized means 8
Vanpool or carpool 10
Take a campus shuttle or public transportation 2
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.