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Green Your Commute

A poster advertising to the people of NYS to Green their commute on Friday May, 18th 2018
Walk, bike, take transit, drive an electric car.

Green Your Commute Day is May 17th, 2019

Green Your Commute Day (#GYCD19) is a day to promote and celebrate more sustainable modes of transportation. This year it is taking place on Friday, May 17th. 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.

Reasons to 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 may discover that a more sustainable commute is both relaxing and enjoyable! Learn more about the impacts of climate change in New York.

Reasons to Participate

By using a more sustainable mode of transportation on Green Your Commute Day, you'll be joining thousands of fellow New Yorkers in not only directly improving our environment (last year's State employee participants saved 19.5 tons of CO2 emissions in just one day), but you may also discover that sustainable transportation is a great option for your commute.

Ways to Participate

  • Register: Register your green commute with us to have your emissions reductions count towards our overall total! It just takes a minute: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GYCD19
  • Commute: Simply walk, bike, take public transit, car pool, drive an electric vehicle, or use another form of sustainable transportation (not driving alone in a gasoline-powered vehicle) to work.
  • Post: While on your commute, and in a safe manner, take a selfie and post it to social media using #GYCD19 to let everyone know about your awesome green commute!

See photos of some previous participants for 2018, 2017 and 2016 (links leave DEC website).

Find out how to Green Your 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):