Commuting data collection and analysis for campus footprints

The Commuter Working Group represents a 10-month collaboration between SIMAP (i.e., University of New Hampshire), Second Nature, and higher-ed sustainability professionals representing over 10 institutions. The purpose of the group is to improve data collection and reporting related to commuting impacts in higher education, identify opportunities for standardization across reporting platforms (e.g., SIMAP, Second Nature, AASHE STARS), and to ultimately improve the comparability and accuracy of greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories.

The group has produced recommendations and tools that are now ready to be shared for feedback from the broad sustainability-in-higher-education community of practitioners.

The purpose of this Google-sheet is to collect feedback from about ways in which these recommendations and tools are helpful and relevant for a wide array of institutions, and/or how they can be further improved.

The commuting working group has developed three sets of materials:
1) Proposed sets of standardized commuting data points for collection, and guidance about how to define and collect those data points
2) Commuting survey templates
3) Proposed guidance around how to account for the impact of electric vehicles

The documents and recommendations for each of these topics can be found in the following Google Drive folder:

Please provide your feedback on any/all these materials, using the survey below. We welcome any level of feedback! For example, please feel free to focus on just one topic (and skip all other questions), or to review all of the materials.

The deadline for feedback is May 22, 2020. On May 23, 2020 the survey will be closed.

If you have any questions, please contact Andy DeMeo at
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