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earth_nasaEarth Day is a chance to consider changes we can make to reduce our burden on the planet. If you’re looking for a way to celebrate Earth Day, try this: pick a day this month and change up your commute and rideshare, walk, bike or take transit to work!

Here’s how switching from driving alone to work – even one day a week – benefits both you and the planet:

takiing transit graph aptaGood for the Environment: According to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), taking public transportation is one of the most significant actions a household can take to reduce their carbon emissions. A commuter who switches a 20-mile round trip commute by car with existing public transportation can reduce their annual CO2 emissions by 4,800 pounds per year! Carpooling helps reduce pollution in a similar way, getting more cars off the road, and biking and walking produce no CO2 at all!

Saves Money: Switching from driving to transit can save you more than $754 per month. With carpooling, not only do you reduced cost of your commute by splitting the cost with other passengers, some programs will even cover your tolls.

11270565_10152741484836755_599832747935817906_o (1)Health Benefits: Of all commute modes, driving is the most stressful. Compared with driving, riding the bus or train to work is associated with a lower risk of high blood pressure, diabetes and being overweight. Research from the UK also showed that commuters who switched from driving to walking, cycling or public transit lost an average of 2+ pounds over two years. And for those who get to work by biking or walking, it counts towards the 150 minutes of exercise per week the CDC recommends for adults.

511cc logo transparentPromotions & Incentives: If you switch from driving to an alternative commute even one day a week, you might qualify for the Drive Less Commuter Incentive. Want to give taking the bus or train to work a go? 511 Contra Costa’s Try Transit program gets people who pledge to take transit a pre-loaded Clipper Card. You can also find money-saving transit offers on our Promotions page and discounted tickets and passes through local transit agencies.

Consider taking one day to try a different commute and ‘tread lightly’ on the Earth this month! For tips and information on different commute types, visit the links below:

Transit • Carpool • Vanpool • Bike • Walk

Earth image courtesy of NASA