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New York state agencies have launched an initiative to encourage the use of smart mobility measures in transporting staff with the aim of reducing carbon emissions from the transportation industry.

The New York State Departments of Environmental Conservation and Transportation, and NYSERDA have launched the Green Your Commute Challenge.

The programme will encourage state agencies, schools and municipalities to commute staff using green technologies during summer.

The challenge is in partnership with the 511NY Rideshare Programme.

Compared to 2018, state agencies in New York have reduced carbon emissions and gallons of gas used in transporting workers by 80%.

The challenge is expected to help the state to achieve its goal of reducing carbon emissions by 80% by 2050 and by 40% by 2030 from 1990 levels.

NYSERDA, DEC and DOC will provide technical assistance to participating entities whilst  the 511NY Rideshare programme will provide its software platform and trip tracker app to allow tracking of green commutes.

The challenge starts on June 10, and ends on August 30. Participating entities must register by May 31.

The launch comes as the transportation sector is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in New York, representing 34% of the state’s total emissions. “We want to encourage everyone in New York State to be environmentally conscious and take actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “Our state agencies are stepping up and serving as an example of how we can contribute to a cleaner and healthier environment as part of our everyday lives. These efforts complement New York’s aggressive clean energy goals of reducing emissions, leveraging renewable energy sources, and combatting climate change for a greener and safer environment for the future.”

“Fighting climate change is an all hands-on deck effort and I am proud that every year State employees lead by example by lowering their greenhouse gas emissions on Green Your Commute Day,” said Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos. “This year, New York State is expanding the Green Your Commute effort to a summer long challenge for state agencies and municipalities. So whether they are walking in Woodstock, biking in Brooklyn, or carpooling in Corning, New Yorkers are building on the momentum of Green Your Commute Day all summer long in the state’s new challenge.”