By walking, biking, carpooling, driving an electric vehicle or taking public transit you'll be making it to and from work while cutting carbon emissions.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is urging people to find a way to work this Friday that is kinder to the environment. Using hashtag #GYCD18, DEC says post a selfie and encourage everyone to find a way to work other than driving — unless you carpool. By walking, biking, carpooling, driving an electric vehicle or taking public transit you’ll be making it to and from work while cutting carbon emissions.
Last year, More than 1,700 workers statewide participated in the annual event, the largest number of green commuters to date, according to the DEC. Their actions offset 19.5 tons of carbon emissions, the equivalent of burning 1,579 gallons of gas.
The transportation sector is the largest source of carbon emissions in New York, representing 34 percent of the state’s total emissions, the DEC says.
The Green Your Commute Day builds upon numerous actions to lower greenhouse gas emissions due to transportation across the state. Those include: a record amount of funding in public transportation; launching the Drive Clean Rebate program for electric vehicles and installing electric vehicle charging stations through the ChargeNY initiative; promoting smart growth; revitalizing downtowns; and holding a series of listening sessions to explore coordinated state action to lower greenhouse gas emissions.