Car Free Day is a worldwide event on September 22 that encourages alternative methods of transportation on your commute and throughout your day. By reducing and eliminating car use (on September 22 and every day!) you can improve your physical fitness, reduce your carbon footprint, enhance mindfulness & creativity, and save money.
How does Car Free Day help Lehigh? Lehigh strives to create a sustainable campus that merges environmentally responsible solutions (such as going car free) with equitable community practices (such as carpooling with your colleagues) and economic prosperity (saving money). Participation in this event is one of many ways you can help Lehigh integrate the three pillars of sustainability throughout the university.
In a survey distributed to Lehigh faculty and staff in 2014, 90.1% of respondents said they use single occupancy vehicles to get to campus. Since the average car releases 300 pounds of carbon dioxide for every 15 gallons of gasoline (Car Free Network) we have the opportunity to make a big impact with a small change. Let’s go Car Free once a year, once a month, or even every day!
How does Car Free Day help me?
Walking or biking to work improves your physical fitness
Reducing car use lessens your carbon footprint
Less gas = saving money
Carpooling helps you bond with your colleagues