The Carbon Footprint of Your February Break Travels

Every year, Cornellians travel around the country and world to get away from the cold of Ithaca for a couple days during February break. Unfortunately, by emitting greenhouse gases, traveling by car, plane or bus can contribute to climate change — with America’s transportation alone responsible for almost 30 percent of all global warming emissions in the US.

As students flock back to campus from various destinations, Prof. Danielle Eiseman, communication, weighed in on the most sustainable methods for traveling.

Bridgette Brady, the new chair of TCAT's board of directors, speaks at a North Campus expansion forum on Aug. 15, 2019.

Bridgette Brady Named TCAT Chair

Bridgette Brady, senior director of Cornell’s transportation and delivery services, assumed the role of the chair of the Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit board of directors on Jan. 23. She has served on the TCAT board for five years.

“Once you get into the suburbs and the rural areas, it is a lot harder to live car-free out there,” Fernando de Aragón, director of the Ithaca-Tompkins County Transportation Council,  said. “We need to continue to work and provide more opportunities for people to consider a different way to move around.”

Ithaca Ranked #1 ‘Very Small’ Car-Free City

The news that Ithaca topped the car-free charts was exciting to TCAT’s general manager Scot Vanderpool, who said the metro can attribute its ranking to accessible alternative transportation means: Ithaca Car-Share, the introduction of LimeBikes, the large number of Cornell students walking to and from classes and the TCAT.