Commute

10 ways to Green Your Commute

Whether you opt for public transit or choose to drive, commuting offers an opportunity to be conscientious about green habits and reduce waste. These eco-friendly ideas will help you get to work and back with fewer emissions.

  1. Take public transportation

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    Opting for public transit means more passengers per vehicle and a smaller environmental footprint. Commuter trains, buses, and ferries are all great eco-options.

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  2. Walk or ride your bike

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    If you live close enough to self-propel yourself to work, enjoy the exercise without gym fees and reduce carbon emissions.

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  3. Carpool instead of driving solo

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    Carpooling offers more than just a shared ride—it reduces carbon dioxide emissions, saves you money, and lightens the traffic load on roads.

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  4. Maintain your car

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    Ensure your vehicle operates at peak gas efficiency for the daily commute by having regular tune-ups, etc.

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  5. Keep your tires properly inflated

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    That sagging tire can increase fuel consumption by as much as 3 percent. This free (and quick) change-up will get you saving money and cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

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  6. Opt for telecommuting

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    If your company permits it, your working from home will avoid driving every day. You'll benefit by avoiding rush hour, traffic jams, and the hassle of regular commuting.

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  7. Work on a flexible schedule

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    A great deal for you and the earth. Fewer cars on the road, less traffic congestion with more time to fit personal and work commitments into your days.

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  8. Join a car sharing program

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    For drivers who share well and are concerned about car ownership's plus-sized carbon footprint, car sharing is just right—a vehicle at one’s disposal for an hourly rate when the open road beckons.

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  9. Choose a biodiesel-compatible car

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    Tired of wincing at the gas pump and polluting the atmosphere? Fill 'er up with soybean, corn, and other renewable, biodegradable vegetable oils.

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  10. Avoid car idling

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    This is an obvious waste of gas and contributor of needless emissions. If you're waiting for a fellow carpool passenger, turn off your engine.

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Comments

09/05/2008
2:38pm
ecollection

on the carpooling front, it helps to create a google doc (or other form of shared doc) in the office of people who are willing to carpool. everyone can put in their current commute and find a match in their office. this can also help employees to publicly display how many miles they used to commute and how many miles they commute now... if people care, it can quickly become a mini green battle in the office where everyone wants to go as low as possible :)

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