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Green Commuting in New Jersey

Greening Your Purchases
The difference between a car that gets 20 mpg and one that gets 30 mpg is $2,000 over 5 years (based on a cost of $2.00 per gallon of gasoline) and 10 tons of CO2 emissions.
Greening Your Trips
Combining three separate short trips (such as to a nearby bank, post office, and grocery store) into one trip every week could eliminate about 200 miles on your vehicle, and save you 10 hours and 10 gallons of gas every year.
Greening Your Vehicle
Did you know that under-inflation increases tire wear, reduces your fuel economy by up to 3 percent, and leads to higher greenhouse gas emissions and releases of air pollutants?
Greening Your Commute
Leaving your car at home just two days a week will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 1,600 pounds per year.

Onroad sources (e.g., cars, trucks) continue to be the largest contributors to air toxics, ozone, particulate matter, oxides of nitrogen (NOx), and carbon monoxide air pollution in New Jersey. They are also the largest contributing sources to greenhouse gas emissions in the State, even considering advances in vehicle technology to reduce air pollution. Larger vehicles, like popular sport utility vehicles (SUVs), can produce more than twice as much pollution as a small car!

Air pollution in New Jersey is a serious public health and environmental problem that affects every resident. Every day, thousands of New Jersey residents suffer from asthma and other respiratory ailments due to exposure to ozone and fine particulates in our air. Improving the quality of New Jersey’s air is one of DEP’s highest priorities.

Green commuting is a way that you can help to reduce air pollution in the State and improve the quality of the air we breathe. This website will help you to make better choices that will reduce air pollution, lessen your impact on the environment, and likely save money in the process.


How Well Are You Doing?
Keep track of how much air pollution you are reducing by using one of the personal calculators below:

USEPA Personal Emissions Calculator

USEPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator

Improving Air Quality in Your Community: Tools and Calculators

Reasons for Green Commuting
Making better choices about how we travel will improve public health and the environment. Learn more about these impacts from the sites below:

NJ Local Air Quality

Climate Change - Health and Environmental Effects

Where You Live - Emission Sources

Test Your Air Quality IQ