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Green Your Commute

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Walk, bike, take transit, drive an electric car.

Green Your Commute Day is May 20, 2016

What is Green Your Commute Day?

Green Your Commute Day is a day to promote and celebrate more sustainable modes of transportation. This year it is taking place on Friday, May 20th. On this day everyone is encouraged to use a more sustainable mode of transportation to get to work, these include:

  • walking
  • biking
  • taking public transit
  • car pooling
  • driving an electric vehicle, or
  • anything else that isn't driving a single occupancy gasoline powered vehicle.

Why Greening My Commute?

A graphic showing the leading causes of climae change by percentage.
Leading causes of climate change.

Transportation represents the largest source of New York State's greenhouse gas emissions and also the largest part of most New Yorker's personal carbon footprint as well. This is why it is critically important that we all lower our emissions from transportation so that we can meet our ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction goals (a 40% reduction by 2030 and 80% by 2050). Plus, you might discover that a more sustainable commute is both relaxing and enjoyable!

You can learn more about the impacts of climate change in New York.

Why Participate?

By using a more sustainable mode of transportation on Green Your Commute Day you will be joining thousands of your fellow New Yorkers in not only directly improving our environment (last year's participants saved 4.75 TONS of CO2 emissions in just one day), but you might discover that sustainable transportation is a great option for your commute.

How Can I Participate?

Simply walk, bike, take public transit, car pool, drive an electric vehicle, or use another form of sustainable transportation that is not driving a single occupancy gasoline powered vehicle to work.

In addition, make sure that you register with us so that we can measure the impact that everyone is having on this day.

Note: If you live in the Capital District and are going to bike to work, multiple agencies have teams for the Capital Region Bike to Work Day Challenge. You can register your bike commute on the Capital Moves website (link leaves DEC's website).

How Do I Find Out How to Green My Commute?

There are many resources available to help you find a more sustainable way to commute. Here are just a few:

  • Google Maps - Go to Google Maps and click on "get directions". You can then enter your start and end points and the mode of transportation you want to use and it will tell you the easiest way to get to work via walking/biking/public transportation.
  • 511 NY Transit Trip Planner - You can use the Transit Trip Planner at to plan your trip using public transit.

Green Your Commute Day Events

DEC Central Office - Staff who green their commute can enjoy coffee/bagels/donuts on the first floor of 625 Broadway from 7 AM to 10 AM. There will also be a raffle that participants will be able to enter for various prizes for taking part in the event. More events will be posted prior to Green Your Commute Day, so check back for more information!

For more information on Green Your Commute Day please email Brendan Woodruff, Environmental Program Specialist with the Pollution Prevention Unit, or call 518-402-9159.

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