Colorado State University Conducting Commuter Survey in September

Colorado State University’s Department of Facilities Management today posted a quick online survey for faculty, staff and students to determine how commuters travel to campus.

The Commuter Survey is a key piece of President Larry Edward Penley’s pledge to the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment, which requires that the university account for greenhouse gas emissions related to commuting. The survey is part of Penley’s overall plan to make the university carbon-neutral by 2020 – a goal he announced Thursday in his annual Fall Address.

Questions cover trips per day, mode of transportation and fuel efficiency for calendar year 2008. Participants must have a campus electronic identity or eID to take the survey at

The survey takes two minutes, said Patrice Stafford, facilities program assistant.

"This commuter survey will end up being a big part of measuring our carbon footprint for a greenhouse gas inventory we will be completing this fall," said Stafford, who has worked with a team to complete this project. "Mostly we just want to know how people commute."

People who complete the survey by Sept. 25 are eligible for a drawing for prizes. The grand prize is a 22-inch Toshiba LCD flat screen HDTV with a built-in DVD player that has been donated by the CSU Bookstore. Other prizes include:

– NBC "Last Comic Standing" tickets

– CSU’s Aspen Grille gift cards

– Downtown Fort Collins gift cards

– Jax Outdoor Gear gift cards

– The Canyon Chop House gift cards

– Schrader Country Stores gas gift cards

– Mugs Coffee Lounge gift cards

– Macaroni Grill gift cards (also redeemable at Chili’s, On The Border and Maggiano’s Little Italy)