It would be great if everyone could work from home – think of all those greenhouse gas emissions we’d save by not commuting! Alas, to prevent the economy from falling into an even deeper recession, most of the American workforce needs to schlep to and from the office every day. Luckily, a slew of new technology can make your journeys a little more eco-friendly. Read on for tips to help you green your commute.
Walk or Bike with a GPS or Google Maps
really decrease your commuting carbon footprint, the best thing to do
is walk or ride a bike to work-after all, those are the only truly
emission-free forms of transit. You can plan the best route by using
online mapping tools like Google Maps.
The easy-to-read online map will provide you with directions, gives you
a door-to-door time estimate and even highlights local businesses. If
you have a smartphone, you have another tool at your hands, as you’re
likely have a GPS application on your phone that works with Google Maps to highlight where you are and offer you directions to reach your destination.
Take Advantage of Public Transit
If you live in a sizeable city,
chances are there’s a subway, rail or bus line that can get you pretty
close to your destination. Find out what the best way to get to work
sans car is with Hopstop.com. The web site provides step-by-step public
transit directions for 14 US regions and is constantly adding more
locations. If your region isn’t represented by Hopstop, it is almost
certainly on Google Maps, which provides door-to-door directions and
time estimates for pretty much everywhere.