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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 18th, 2018

What is Green Your Commute Day?

Green Your Commute Day (#GYCD18) is a day to promote and celebrate more sustainable modes of transportation. This year it is taking place on Friday, May 18th. 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 may 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'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.

How Can I Participate?

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. While on your commute, and in a safe manner, take a selfie and post it to social media using #GYCD18 to let everyone know about your awesome green commute!

See photos of some previous participants for 2017 and 2016 (links leave DEC 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 (the following links leave DEC's website):

  • Google Maps - Go to Google Maps and click on "get directions". You can 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.
  • 511NYRideshare - Find others who are going in the same direction as you to carpool with, using 511NYRideshare.
  • Bike NY - Find bike routes with DOT's Bike NY interactive map.

Use the list below to find your local public transit provider and view their routes/schedules (links leave DEC website):