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Plan more. Go lightly.

Below you’ll find best practices and strategies to help you make smarter, more conscientious travel decisions. Plan your trip in advance to select efficient routes and lower-impact modes of travel that save you time, money, and reduce your carbon footprint.

Does your journey need to be made at all?

  • Reduce your need to travel by using modern communications technology. 
  • Teleconferencing, video conferencing, and web conferencing can be highly cost-effective when compared to the cost of travel and time lost while driving. 
  • See the PSU's Office of Information Technology (OIT) website for the numerous video conferencing options available to members of the PSU community

Try out the alternatives.

  • Consider walking or bicycling to the location if feasible. It’s good for your health and better for the environment.
  • Attend a regional conference with a shorter distance to travel. Often they’re quite meaningful with useful networking options.
  • Opt for public transportation. Let someone else concentrate on the driving, so you can work or rest en-route, arrive fresher and better prepared to your destination.

Plan your trip in advance.

  • Air travel is the most polluting form of transport and can be more time-consuming than other options.  Book direct flights wherever possible. Large amounts of fuel are consumed during take-offs and landings. Plus, you won’t have to go through multiple security checks, or allow time traveling between flights. 
  • Try using airports that are well served by public transport. This will reduce your need to use taxis, hire cars or drive.
  • Ask your travel agency to let you know what transit options exist in the destination city on your itinerary. 
  • If public transportation is not an option, seek out shuttle or taxi services that use fuel-efficient or low-emissions vehicles. If you need to rent a car, make your default rental car choice a compact or economy vehicle. 

Consider all the costs.

  • Consider all costs of your journey, such as the loss of productive time. Many trains, buses and transport hubs provide Wi-Fi internet access so you can check email and use the internet while in transit.
  • Compare travel options based on their carbon emissions impact. Use a travel carbon calculator to determine the most cost-effective and lowest-impact route. Traveling by train is preferable to air travel, as it has a lower carbon emissions impact per mile. For longer trips, flying might still be lower impact per passenger than driving. 
  • Carbon offsets are more affordable than you might think! Many organizations offer simple ways to offset the carbon emissions associated with your travel. Carbon offsets are certificates that represent the reduction of one metric ton of CO2 emissions, the principle cause of global warming. To learn more about carbon offsets, click here.