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), driving electric motorcycles, and using public transit like buses and trains.
In addition to reducing your carbon footprint, using sustainable transportation modes can help you save money, time, and improve 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 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!