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Help Reduce Air Pollution for Clean Air Day and Sustainable Transportation Month

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Everyone breathes easier when you leave the car at home. California Clean Air Day on October 4 coincides with UCLA's Sustainable Transportation Month celebration — events centered on encouraging state residents and the Bruin community to take action to help the environment. 

Transportation is the single biggest source of air pollution in California. Reducing vehicle emissions goes a long way in clearing up skies across the Golden State. The average passenger car emits about a pound of carbon dioxide per mile driven.

Ditching the drive can turn that negative impact around.

As far as that carbon footprint goes, you'll tread a lot lighter by swapping out the car for sneakers, two wheels, or a bus ride. Choosing to walk or bike, even for only a few trips, can reduce the carbon footprint of an average household by up to 1,000 pounds of emissions annually. Taking public transit, for even just a few trips, can lower the carbon footprint of an average household by up to 3 tons of emissions annually. 

Join other Californians and fellow Bruins and cut those harmful tailpipe emissions off to improve air quality. LA Metro and Santa Monica Big Blue Bus can help get you there!

All rides on Metro Rail, Bus, and Bike are completely free on Wednesday, October 4, in honor of Clean Air Day. Use code 100423 for Bike Share and code CleanAir23 for Metro Micro.

Santa Monica Big Blue Bus will also provide free rides on October 4 to support the clean air initiative. Culver CityBus has you covered too with free fare for Clean Air Day. And all October here at UCLA, we're rewarding Bruins who pledge to ditch the drive and spare the air with great prizes. 

Image credit: LA Metro