DEC encourages commuters to ‘green’ their way to work Friday

Published May 15, 2018 at 4:00pm

ALBANY — State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos is encouraging New Yorkers to participate in “Green Your Commute Day” on Friday, May 18 and utilize a more sustainable form of transportation to get to work.

Seggos made the announcement Monday at the Green Your Commute Fair at Tricentennial Park in Albany. Nearly 2,000 state agency workers are expected to green their commutes this Friday — by walking; biking; taking public transit such as a bus or train; carpooling; driving an electric vehicle or any other means that is not driving alone in a single occupancy, fossil fuel-powered vehicle.

“A threat as large as climate change requires an all hands-on deck approach and I call on all New Yorkers to join in this fight by utilizing a more sustainable mode of transportation on Green Your Commute Day,” Seggos said. “Today there are more options than ever to choose a green commute. I look forward to seeing you out there!”

New Yorkers are also encouraged to post a selfie of their green commute to social media using #GYCD18.

Last year, New York State employees led by example on Green Your Commute Day, the state announcement said, adding that more than 1,700 workers participated in the annual event, the largest number of green commuters to date. Their actions offset 19.5 tons of carbon emissions, the equivalent of burning 1,579 gallons of gas.

The transportation sector is the largest source of carbon emissions in New York, representing 34 percent of the state’s total emissions, the state said, adding that Green Your Commute Day builds upon the state’s actions to lower greenhouse gas emissions from this sector, including; investing a record amount of funding in public transportation, launching the Drive Clean Rebate program for electric vehicles and installing electric vehicle charging stations through the ChargeNY initiative, promoting smart growth, revitalizing our downtowns, and holding a series of listening sessions.