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Department of the Interior Employee Commuter Survey




In response to Executive Order 13514, the Department of the Interior (Department) is required to periodically inventory greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its operations, including employee commuting. In 2010, 2012 and 2013, the Department conducted internet-based surveys of its employees to develop GHG emissions estimates from employee commuting. The Department will conduct the survey again in October 2014. Survey results are confidential and results are only reported in the aggregate.

Emission estimates based on the survey results are reported in the Department’s annual GHG and Sustainability Data Report, which is submitted to the Office of Management and Budget and the Council on Environmental Quality. The 2013 commuter survey resulted in employee commuter emission reductions that contributed to the Department’s 26% reduction in scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions for FY 2013. This far exceeded the Department’s goal for FY 2013 when compared with the FY 2008 baseline. Employee participation in the commuter survey made it possible to show this reduction in GHG emissions. Additional results comparing the 2010 and 2013 surveys are shown below.

Employee participation in the survey is critical. The response rate decreased from 46% in FY 2010 to 37% in FY 2012 and FY 2013. The Department is aiming for a higher response rate this year, so please complete your employee commuter survey by Friday, October 31, 2014.
 

GSA Scope 3 Commuter Survey FAQ

Department of the Interior Employee Commuter Survey Results

Employee Commuter Data Element

FY 2010

FY 2013

% change

Miles Commuted Daily by Employees

3,084,655

2,189,417

-29%

Annual GHG Emissions from Employee Commuting (MTCO2e)

262,463

185,389

-29%

Number of Employees

79,839

70,451

-12%

Average Miles per Employee

38.64

33.2

-14%

Average GHG Emissions per Employee (MTCO2e)

3.29

2.63

-20%