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“there are no such things as great deeds — only small ones done with great heart.” —mother theresa, founder of the missionaries of charity and nobel peace prize winner, 1979

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Getting from point A to point B can cost money and time and place a heavy strain on the environment. But only if you choose to commute that way! There are many ways to make commuting environmentally friendly and cost effective, especially as the price of energy steadily increases.

Passengers boarding an MBTA bus

See our Transportation page to learn the various ways to commute to and from campus, as well as throughout the Boston area, without inflicting unnecessary harm on the environment. Or try some of any of these helpful tips:

  • Purchase or drive a fuel-efficient car (30+ miles per gallon). When possible, walk, ride a bicycle, or use public transportation.
  • Riding public transit helps conserve an estimated 1.4 billion gallons of gas and curb the release of roughly 1.5 million tons of harmful carbon dioxide a year.
  • Idling gets you zero miles per gallon. The best way to warm up a vehicle is to drive it. No more than 30 seconds of idling on winter days is needed. Anything more simply wastes fuel and increases emissions.
  • Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration, and hard braking) wastes gas. It can lower your highway gas mileage by 33% and city mileage by 5%.
  • Avoid high speeds. Above 60 mph, gas mileage drops rapidly. shows how driving speed affects gas mileage.
  • Drive a ZipCar! Each ZipCar replaces more than 20 privately owned vehicles as owners sell their previously owned cars, drive less, and use alternative forms of transportation.



Bicycling offers a way of travel that’s healthy for you and for the environment.

The links below provide further information on walking and biking within Boston and Massachusetts:

LivableStreets Alliance