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Green on the Go! Explore your options.

Personal vehicles emit a lot of greenhouse gases. Alternative ways to travel that would greatly reduce emissions are: cycling, walking, public transit, carsharing and ridesharing, and electric vehicles.

You don't need to do just one! How about walking part of the way to work and then hopping on a bus? Enjoy exploring the options.

Getting started with Green Transportation

Safe cycling in the city Author: Sidwells, Chris
Inclusive transportation : a manifesto for repairing divided communities Author: Davis, Veronica O.
Green metropolis : why living smaller, living closer, and driving less are keys to sustainability
Urban cyclist's survival guide
Building the cycling city : the Dutch blueprint for urban vitality Author: Bruntlett, Melissa
Better buses, better cities : how to plan, run, and win the fight for effective transit Author: Higashide, Steven
Do androids dream of electric cars? : public transit in the age of Google, Uber, and Elon Musk Author: Wilt, James
Straphanger: saving our cities and ourselves from the automobile by Taras Grescoe
Motherload [electronic resource]. Performers: Ross Evans, Emily Finch, Stacy Bisker, Brent Patterson, Josef Bray-Ali, Ole Kassow, Liz Canning. Preferred Call Number: STREAMING
52 ways to walk : the surprising science of walking for wellness and joy, one week at a time
Cycling for sustainable cities
Two billion cars: driving toward sustainability
Hybrid, electric & fuel-cell vehicles
Copenhagenize : the definitive guide to global bicycle urbanism
The bicycle commuter's handbook : gear you need, clothes to wear, tips for traffic, roadside repair

Car co-ops and ridesharing

Carpooling, ridesharing, carsharing - it can get a little confusing.

Carpooling involves two or more people who have a similar commute sharing a ride. This can save money for both and can result in having fewer cars on the road. This equals less pollution! Often, this is used for going to work or school or attending recreational activities. 

Ridesharing involves community members using their own vehicle to offer rides to other for a fee. It is similar to a taxi cab service, but is offered by an individual instead.

Carsharing is a membership-based car rental service that provides a flexible model of transportation for individuals and families. A network of cars is available, often at various locations throughout a city, to members to use on an as-needed and as-booked basis.


Cycling is an environmentally-friendly way to travel that is also great exercise. And it can be done year-round! The links below will help you navigate the terrain of cycling, including safety and routes.

Electric vehicles

Vehicles can be powered by a number of things: gas, diesel, electricity, biofuels (corn and soybean oil), and ethanol. Most of the vehicles we see on the road are gas-powered, but electric vehicles are increasing in popularity. Electric vehicles have a set of batteries that provide electricity to an electric motor. The motor turns a transmission, and the transmission turns the wheels. These vehicles can be charged at home in a garage with a regular plug or at a charging station.

Public transit

Public transit plays a big role in environmental sustainability. By reducing the number of vehicles on the road and having many people travel in one vehicle, public transit:

  • Has less of a negative impact on air quality because emissions are reduced with an increase in the number of people taking public transit 
  • Is an efficient use of fuel. Often 1-2 people are in a car, whereas a single bus can carry as many as 50 people.  
  • Reduces wear and tear on city streets
  • Cuts down on traffic.


Walking is a great form of exercise, a way to get to know where you live, and a mode of transportation. It has a minimal cost (proper clothing for the season and good walking shoes/boots), but it does require that you add more time to your trip and that you follow some basic safety rules. The links below will help you get started.