Green Your Commute and Bike (Back) to Work Day

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All UB students, faculty, staff and alumni are welcomed to participate September 22, 2020.

The UB community challenges you to Green Your Work Day on September 22, 2020.

Are you working on campus? Take public transit, carpool, ride your bike or walk to reduce our carbon emissions.

Are you working remotely? That counts too! Telecommuting saves on emissions and is eco-friendly! While you’re saving the planet by working remotely, take a bike ride or walk to wherever for the mental and physical health benefits.

How You Can Participate

  • Walk
  • Bike
  • Ride public transit
  • Carpool
  • Use a form of sustainable transportation such as an electric car, bike or scooter that is not driving alone in a gasoline-powered vehicle

Green Your Workday – Virtually!

After careful consideration, Energizer Stations will not be positioned on the three campuses this year. So, to keep the spirit of this annual event alive, green your workday and bike to wherever you want to go — get coffee, go to the gym — wherever!

A word to the wise: this challenge might cause feelings of satisfaction and happiness — greening your workday is extremely helpful to the environment and can be fun!

Share Your Day With Us on Social Media

While greening your workday, take a selfie when safe and post it to social media to let everyone know about your green workday by showing off your home work space, your new colleagues (pets, children, spouse) or your expanded lunch menu when working from home.

Follow along on Twitter @ubparking.

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Why Green Your Commute

Transportation represents the largest source of New York State's greenhouse gas emissions and also the largest part of most New Yorker's personal carbon footprint as well. This is why it is critically important that we all lower our emissions from transportation so that we can meet our greenhouse gas emission reduction goals (a 40% reduction by 2030 and 80% by 2050). Plus, you may discover that a more sustainable commute is both relaxing and enjoyable! 

More Resources on How to Green Your Commute

There are many resources available to help you find a more sustainable way to commute. Here are just a few:

Google Maps - Go to Google Maps and click on "get directions". You can enter your start and end points and the mode of transportation you want to use and it will tell you the easiest way to get to work via walking/biking/public transportation.

511 NY Transit Trip Planner - You can use the Transit Trip Planner at 511ny.org to plan your trip using public transit or find others who are going in the same direction as you to carpool with, using 511NYRideshare.

Bike NY - Find bike routes with DOT's Bike NY interactive map.

Bike Share Systems

Buffalo – Bikeshare at UB and Reddy Bike Share

Learn more about electric vehicles - Use the links below to learn more about driving an electric vehicle:

NYSERDA Drive Clean Rebate

ChargeNY

Your Local Public Transit Provider

NFTA (Buffalo and Western New York)