Record-High 2,768 State Employees Participate in Greener Commutes to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Estimated 41.2 Tons
DEC, DOT and NYSERDA Launch New Green Your Commute Challenge to Encourage Municipalities to Green Commutes all Summer and Track Progress at 511NY.org
Supports State's Efforts to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions 40 Percent by 2030
The New York State Departments of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Transportation (DOT) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced today that 2,768 state employees celebrated Green Your Commute Day, the largest number of participants in the event's history. Green Your Commute Day supports New York's ambitious goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050, from 1990 levels. There was a jump of more than 80 percent in this year's Green Your Commute Day for both the amount of carbon dioxide emissions prevented and gallons of gas used, which is attributable to many workers travelling farther or taking mass transit than in 2018. In addition, New York announced the new Green Your Commute Challenge to encourage state agencies, SUNY and CUNY schools, and municipalities to participate in a new summer-long challenge to green employees' commutes.