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Implementing sustainable transportation solutions can drive efficiency while simultaneously reducing overhead costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

Strategies and Practices

Getting Started

  • Set a goal for reduction of transportation emissions
  • Expand telehealth services where appropriate
  • Enable and incentivize public and active transport use (bicycling incentives, staff public transportation discounts, carpooling)
  • Install electric vehicle charging infrastructure with access for staff and community
  • Utilize virtual meetings where possible to reduce business travel-related emissions (flights, cars)

Long Term Strategies

  • Develop environmental criteria for vehicle leases and purchases
  • Group department purchase orders to cut down on delivery emissions
  • Convert fleet vehicles to zero-emissions or low-GHG model vehicles
  • Use route optimization/vehicle informatics for fleet vehicles