Green Tip: Reducing Your Transportation Emissions

Green Tips | October 6, 2017

Reduce your transportation-related contribution to climate change: Did you know transportation is New York’s leading source of climate-damaging greenhouse gas emissions? Reducing those emissions will require collective action by all of us. So, this week, we’ve partnered with Map My Emissions to help you make more climate-friendly transportation choices.

Map My Emissions lets you compare the greenhouse gas emissions associated with different modes of transport. It’s similar to a traditional emissions calculator, but with one very big advantage. Rather than an abstract “per mile” estimate of emissions, you can calculate the emissions resulting from a particular trip, and then choose your mode of transport accordingly.

Here’s how it works: First you enter your starting address and destination. You then select your preferred mode of transport (from driving, public transit, biking, and walking). Click “GO” and the website will calculate an approximate amount of emissions associated with your trip and show you an estimate of the costs that amount of emissions imposes on society. It’ll also tell you how your emissions, and the associated costs, would change if you selected a different mode of transport. You can then factor this information into your transportation choices.

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