The transportation sector is one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. While NYU's vehicle fleet and shuttles in New York City only account for 0.6 percent of our onsite emissions, we are working towards reducing our community's overall transportation footprint through removing obstacles that limit biking and reducing NYU-sponsored air travel when lower-carbon options are feasible.
The Transportation Survey gathered information from over 16,500 respondents about how the NYU community gets to, from, and around NYU’s New York City locations.
The survey was crucial to learning and understanding commute patterns. As a result, the Office of Sustainability will lead efforts to increase safe and accessible cycling; assist in publicizing NYU transit programs and resources; and explore policies that reduce NYU-sponsored flying, especially within the Northeast Corridor.
increase in biking since 2009
of all commutes include public or self-powered modes of transportation
of flights are within Eastern North America
Bicycling can be a convenient, healthy, and sustainable way for many people to get around NYU and New York City. Explore resources and discount programs:
If you are considering traveling on University business, review the flow chart below to determine if the benefits of the trip justify the time, expense, and environmental impact. Could you meet your goals by teleconferencing or opting for a cost-effective, convenient, and low-carbon alternative to air travel?
Description for flow chart
Can you meet your goals by teleconferencing? If yes, attend via teleconference. Maybe a local subset of attendees can teleconference together. If no, is your destination less than 5 hours away by train or bus? If yes, take train or bus. Flying is not always faster when including security lines, boarding, and travel to/from the airport. Trains and buses often offer more comfort and amenities for productivity. If no, consider if you can avoid future trips by consolidating travel or meetings into one trip.