Green your commute
- Walk or bike to work, especially if you live within two miles. Recruit a neighbor in order to double your fun and impact.
- Post and find shared rides on Allegheny GatorRides. You’d be surprised how often students are hoping someone is heading to Pittsburgh or somewhere for the weekend. Offer to share!
- Use the CATA bus if you live near one of the regular routes. Encourage students to explore routes particularly if you’re sending them into the community for volunteer or internship work. CATA rides are free to all students with an ID.
- If you commute by car:
- Use the most fuel efficient vehicle possible whether that is an efficient compact car, a hybrid, a motorcycle, or an alternative fuel vehicle.
- Improve your gas mileage by driving more efficiently.
- Don’t idle. Contrary to automotive myth, restarting a car doesn’t damage the engine and, in fact, 10 seconds spent idling consumes more fuel and emits more pollutants than restarting the engine. Idling for more than 10 seconds burns gas almost twice as fast as driving and produces almost double the amount of toxic emissions per second than a vehicle moving at average speed.
Green your work-related travel
- Phone/videoconference meetings rather than travelling whenever possible.
- If you rent a car for travel, request a hybrid or the most fuel efficient vehicle possible. Allegheny’s motorpool even has a hybrid you can use!
- Many airlines allow you to purchase carbon offsets when you purchase your ticket. Pay a little bit more to reduce your impact.
- Combine trips to make your travel more time-efficient and have less environmental impact.
- Take public transportation once you reach your destination. A shared shuttle, bus, train or subway emit far fewer emissions than taking a cab. Better yet, walk from place to place if it’s a reasonable distance. You’ll enjoy the sights while getting a little carbon-free exercise.
- Choose a hotel with sustainability commitments.
- Choose restaurants that feature local vegetables, seafood, proteins and other products to reduce your carbon “food”print as well as get a truer local taste.