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Green Your Commute

NYS Green Your Commute poster promoting this year's events.
Walk, bike, take transit, drive an electric car.

Green Your Commute Day is May 19th, 2017

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 19th. 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 alone in a gasoline-powered vehicle.

Why Green My Commute?

A graphic showing the leading causes of climate 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 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! 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 fellow New Yorkers in not only directly improving our environment (last year's participants saved 8.5 tons of CO2 emissions in just one day,) you might also 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 alone in a gasoline-powered vehicle to work.

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 (the following links leave DEC's website):