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 to them, even if only once a week. Sustainable commute modes include biking, walking, carpooling, driving zero emission vehicles (electric, plug-in hybrid, hydrogen), driving electric motorcycles, and walking.
In addition to reducing your carbon footprint, using sustainable transportation modes can help you save money, time, and or increase your physical fitness. According to AAA, the average cost of vehicle ownership in 2020 was over $9,500 per year. From eliminating the need to hunt for a parking spot, to allowing you to hop off the bus or lock up your bike closer to your campus destination, there are lots of ways that sustainable transportation modes can save you valuable time. Last, those who live close enough to bike or walk to the university can kill two birds with one stone by combining their commute with their cardio.
Check out more reasons for switching your commute mode by selecting from the menu of sustainable commute modes provided.
When you choose a sustainable commute mode, you help fight climate change one ride at a time!