Commuting to campus in a fossil fuel-powered vehicle produces greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to the climate crisis. Climate change related consequences include increased occurrence of natural disasters, reduced biodiversity, rising sea levels, displacement and more. Because of this, we call on our campus community to adopt the sustainable commute mode most feasible for them, even if only once a week. Sustainable commute modes include biking, walking, carpooling, driving zero-emission vehicles (electric, plug-in hybrid, hydrogen fuel cell), driving electric motorcycles, and using public transit like buses and light rail.
In addition to reducing your carbon footprint, using sustainable transportation modes can you save money (a lot of money), time, and improve your physical fitness. According to AAA, the average cost of vehicle ownership is over $9,500 per year (2020). From eliminating the need to hunt for a parking spot, to allowing you to get off the bus or lock up your bike right in front of your classroom or building on campus instead of walk, there are many ways that sustainable transportation can save you valuable time. Lastly, those living close enough to bike or walk to campus can enjoy the double benefit of combining their commute with their cardio.
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Choosing a sustainable commute mode allows you to fight climate change one ride at a time!