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Ditch the Car

Bike, walk, carpool or take the bus Friday, for Green Your Commute Day. (Photo by Mark Schmidt) 

ALBANY, N.Y. (May 18, 2017) — How are you getting to work or school tomorrow?

How about trying the bus, finding a carpool partner or, if you’re close enough, walking or biking?

Friday, May 19, is officially Green Your Commute Day in New York State, and state agencies – including UAlbany – are encouraging employees to look for more sustainable ways to commute than the typical one care-one person model.

“Green Your Commute Day is a celebration of all forms of transportation other than driving a gasoline-powered, single-occupancy vehicle,” said Cassidy Drasser, UAlbany’s assistant director of sustainability. “Our campus has a variety of forms of sustainable transportation to offer for all UAlbany students, faculty and staff such as free CDTA and UAlbany shuttle buses, a free carpooling service (511NY Rideshare/iPool2), and free electric vehicle charging stations.”


UAlbany students, faculty and staff can ride CDTA buses for free, using their University ID cards as a bus pass. 

This is the first year UAlbany is actively participating in Green Your Commute Day, and in a competition among state agencies for the most participants. To register and be included in UAlbany’s tally sign up through surveymonkey and note how you travel to campus.

And once you’ve greened your commute on Friday morning, check in at the University Library on the Uptown Campus or Dewey Library at the Downtown Campus between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. You’ll get a sticker, an invitation to a free lunch, information on alternative transportation at UAlbany, and a chance to have your picture taken with fellow commuters.

Riding the bus or riding a bike? Take a picture of your green commute and post it with the hashtag #GYCD17 and email the picture to

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