Invisible commuters: assessing a university’s eco-friendly transportation policies and commuting behaviours

To assess the efficacy of a private university’s environmentally friendly transportation policies, the authors administered a transportation and energy-use phone survey to a random sample of faculty, non-professional staff, and off-campus students. Statistical findings confirm that their sample population exhibits the Environmental Attitudes & Behaviours (A-B) and Behaviours & Behaviours (B-B) Splits observed in past studies. Those most likely to report environmentally friendly attitudes/behaviours are also the most likely to commute longer distances and in larger cars. Moreover, the least-compensated university sub-population, non-professional staff (i.e., office support, grounds keepers), is significantly more likely to contribute to a dramatically larger per-capita percentage of the university’s carbon footprint from commuting. University pro-environment transportation alternatives at the time of this study did not consider directly this commuter sub-group’s structural disadvantages. This incongruence in goals and execution reflects an institutional variant of the A-B Split explained by the New Institutionalism perspective.


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  • Accession Number: 01535872
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 24 2014 11:37AM