The 2023 STAR Impact Report

The impact of Commute.org’s STAR platform, is a testament to the power of collective action in fostering sustainable commuting practices. Behind every statistic lies a story of commitment, made possible by each commuter who has embraced an alternative commute to work or college, to or from San Mateo County. The STAR platform offers commuters a comprehensive suite of tools to explore and adopt eco-friendly transportation options, accessible through a free account on my.commute.org. This includes a robust trip planning tool for Commute.org shuttles, public transit, and bicycling, as well as facilitating carpool or vanpool matches for shared rides. Additionally, STAR tracks sustainable commute trips, unlocking rewards, resources, and enabling participation in challenges to promote green commuting practices while empowering commuters to visualize their CO2 reduction and cost savings.

The STAR platform to Support, Track, and Reward their sustainable commuting efforts makes it possible to reflect on the journey of the past decade. This report, cumulative through December 2023, sheds light on the transformative power of sustainable commuting choices made by our dedicated STAR commuters.

Celebrating Milestones:

  1. 8,184 STAR Commuters: These individuals collectively reduced single-occupancy vehicle trips, contributing to a more sustainable transportation network. Having fewer single-occupancy vehicles on the road leads to reduced traffic congestion, lower emissions, optimized infrastructure, promotion of sustainable modes like carpooling and public transit, and improved accessibility for all residents.
  2. 28,744,219 Sustainable Miles: Every mile counts on the road to sustainability. Our STAR commuters have collectively traveled over 28 million miles using sustainable modes of transportation, contributing to reduced congestion and emissions in our communities. Pollutants such as carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and particulate matter, contributing to air pollution, climate change, and adverse health effects.
  3. 1,479,623 Sustainable Trips: Each sustainable trip showcases a significant behavioral change among commuters, reflecting a shift towards eco-conscious transportation choices such as walking, biking, carpooling, or public transit. This collective adoption of sustainable commuting options underscores a growing awareness and commitment to reducing traffic congestion, lowering emissions, and fostering a culture of sustainability and active commuting within our communities.
  4. 6,092 Tons CO2 Reduced: The impact of our collective efforts is tangible in the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions. By choosing sustainable transportation , our STAR commuters have contributed to the mitigation of climate change and the preservation of our planet for future generations.
  5. 70,971,670 Calories Burned: Sustainable commuting encourages physical activity and reduces reliance on cars, resulting in millions of calories burned by our STAR commuters. This promotes healthier lifestyles and reduces the risk of chronic diseases associated with sedentary behavior.

Looking Ahead:

 As we celebrate these milestones, we recognize that our work is far from over. In the coming years, we remain committed to expanding the reach and impact of the STAR platform, empowering more commuters to make sustainable choices and drive positive change in our communities.

Join the Movement:

To all residents and employees in San Mateo County, Commute.org extend an invitation to join us in our mission. By creating a free STAR account on my.commute.org and logging your alternative commute trips, you become part of a growing community dedicated to building a more sustainable future.

Together, let us continue to make a difference, one commute at a time.

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