More than 70% of New Zealanders are prepared to change their own personal behaviour in order to reduce climate change. Switching the car commute has a huge impact – if you’re in a good place for staff to walk, ride or take public transport to work, we’ve pulled together some resources to use at work to encourage low-carbon commuting. We have posters, intranet posts, an email signature image and a quiz to use in your workspace to engage your staff and spread the word.

There’s a biking group that picks up people on the way to the office, grabs a coffee before work and uses the changing facilities at work when they arrive. Our CEO is part of it.

Hope Allum, Genesis Energy

The low-carbon commute toolkit


Ways to use the toolkit

We made this toolkit for organisations to use internally, though feel free to use any of the posters or other images on your social media, if you want to share what your organisation is doing to encourage cleaner commuting.

  • If your office gathers to do the daily quiz, add our transport quiz to the mix and see who's the most clued-up.
  • Put the posters up in high-traffic areas - the coffee machine, inside lifts and stairwells, anywhere someone might need a diversion for a few moments!
  • Using the desktop backgrounds, email signature and intranet tiles will show a really strong commitment to low-carbon transport, but you'll need to tell your staff why you're committed, and bring them along on the journey.

Some thought starters for an internal email or intranet post:

  • Tell your staff why cleaner commuting is important to the business: does it align with your values? Will it improve staff wellbeing? What's in it for them?
  • Reinforce and congratulate staff for the clean commuting that's already going on - use the stats in our posters to let people know how much carbon they're saving by using active or public transport (or working from home).
  • And use the research in the toolkit to show people they're not alone - more people want to drive less, and bus or bike more.
  • Offer incentives, where you can.
  • Be inclusive. There will be people who, for all sorts of reasons, have to use a car. We know that public and active transport won't be for everyone, but if people who can use it, do, it's better for all of us, including drivers.

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