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Why is Transportation a “Green” Issue?

Transportation is the second largest contributor of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, accounting for about 31% of total U.S. CO2 emissions. There are many ways we can reduce our individual impact. Alternative options for transportation – such as biking, carpooling, or public bus systems – are often underutilized. Not only are these great options for reducing your carbon footprint, but they can be great options for saving money, staying active, and making your daily commute a little more interesting.

Alternative Transportation (and Benefits)

  • Walking and Biking
    • Good for health and happiness
    • No stress about parking
    • Free
  • Public Transportation
    • Bus fare is often affordable
    • Don’t have to worry about paying gas for or putting wear and tear on your personal vehicle
    • Provide opportunity for social interaction
  • Carpooling
    • Reduce fuel costs
    • Can lead to community building and social networking
  • Telecommuting
    • Beneficial if you live very far from where you work
    • Saves on fuel costs, vehicle mileage and fossil fuel use

Green Driving Tips

Be sure to keep these in mind when driving.

  • Take the most fuel-efficient vehicle.
  • Don’t accelerate or brake too suddenly between traffic lights – it can reduce your fuel economy!
  • Take the shortest route to cut down on time and gas emissions.
  • Avoid idling – idling for 10 seconds or longer wastes more gas than restarting the engine.
  • Ride as a group whenever possible.
  • Carrying excessive weight (such as a bike rack, big boxes in your trunk, etc.) can reduce fuel economy. Remember to empty your car of unnecessary items.
  • Driving at high speeds can increase wind resistance, and thus reduce your fuel economy.
  • Make sure to take your car in for regular maintenance. Improper or infrequent vehicle maintenance can lead to a poorly tuned engine, which will burn more fuel.


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Public Transporation


  • RideOn – find carpool or vanpool partners, learn about the Emergency Ride Home Program, and more
  • eRideShare – online ride share and carpool community
  • Federal Transit Administration – Alternative Transportation and Your Health


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