Commute Green

Ensure a Healthy Environment for Future Generations

There is another, more tragic cost related to automobile use: degradation of our environment. Every day, millions of vehicles pump pollutants into our atmosphere. Some of these fall to earth, fouling streams and contaminating crops. Others rise into the stratosphere, damaging the ozone layer and causing global climate warming - ­ the "greenhouse effect."

Still more of these pollutants cling close to earth, inhaled with every breath we take. Air pollution is a proven cause in several lung ailments, from asthma to emphysema.

Ridesharing


Ridesharing reduces the impact of automobiles on our roadways and our environment very simply by traveling in groups rather than alone, ridesharing decreases the number of vehicles on our roads. Click here to learn about Harford County's ridesharing options.

Biking in Harford County

Ever been stuck in traffic and wished you could just get out of your car? Tired of spending too much time and money to fill your gas tank? Want to get in better shape? Why don’t you consider biking to work?
  • Health benefits: Cycling is a great way to get in shape, tone your muscles, and lose unwanted pounds.
  • Save money: With the unpredictable changes in the cost of gas, cycling into work can save you hundreds of dollars a year!
  • Avoid traffic backups: Zip through traffic instead of waiting in line.
Plus, it’s probably easier than you think! We are willing to work with you and your employer to get you cycling in no time. This website offers several resources to help you. For practical how-to advice, we have compiled a list of links to online resources that cyclists have found helpful and educational. There is a wealth of information on the web. Please check them out. Then, check out our Bike Mentor Program to help you get on the road!

Remember: A Clean Commute is a Clear Choice.

The Clean Alternative - Emission Reduction


The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is seeking to reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions in the region by financially supporting the adoption of advanced technology vehicles in fleets operating in several counties near Washington, D.C. The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) is operating The Clean Alternative program for its partners MDOT, the Maryland Department of Environment, and GRI. In its 1st phase, 3 Maryland fleets have joined the program. Barwood Cabs is operating 20 natural gas cabs; Montgomery County Transit has purchased 19 transit buses; and Prince George's County Schools have committed to 12 school buses.

Ozone Action Days


"Ozone Action Days" is the title for a workplace-based public outreach program, sponsored by Clean Air Partners, aimed at changing individual behavior to reduce ozone production. More than 250 companies, government agencies, educational institutions and individuals participate in the program.

Employers are asked to inform employees and customers about individual actions they should take to reduce the release of VOCs and NOx, especially during the hottest parts of the day. Clean Air members are also encouraged to consider modifying their company operations (such as painting, mowing, etc.) when Ozone Action Days are in effect. Some participants fly Ozone Action Day flags at their places of business and on company vehicles. In a number of localities, public transit is offered free or at reduced fare.

Resources


Clean Air Partners makes available a broad array of educational materials, workshops, speakers and other resources to help employers and individuals find ways to reduce ozone pollution in the region. For more information, please visit Harford County's Green Initiatives or Clean Air Partners.

Benefits of Non-Motorized Transportation


In Harford County, many citizens avail themselves of non-motorized transportation as part of their personal wellness and support of a cleaner environment.