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How Your Commute Can Make You Happier

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Happy-CommuteCommuting to work can be traffic-laden, tedious and dreadful. But it turns out there's a way to lighten the load, and it starts with picking the right transportation mode. According to a paper published last month in the journal Sustainability, the way we commute can affect our sense of happiness and well-being. In particular, sustainable commutes can reduce bad feelings and lead to greater contentment.

Using the Gallup Healthways Well-Being Index (WBI) and commute data from 187 U.S. cities for one year, researchers from four universities looked at the relationship between sustainable transportation modes in metropolitan areas and individual well-being. The WBI is based on five elements: physical well-being, community well-being, social well-being, financial well-being and purpose, and associated career well-being.

The general pattern of results indicated that regions that favor sustainable commute modes over driving-alone had higher well-being scores, even when controlling for other important predictors of happiness. Driving alone was associated with lower well-being scores, whereas carpool and non-motorized modes were associated with higher well-being scores.

Automobile use has been found to increase boredom, social isolation and stress, while active transportation users (walkers and cyclists) have significantly higher self-reported happiness levels than those who drive—even when accounting for differences in income, health and attitudes about travel.

Physically active commute modes likewise have been shown to reduce the number of sickness incidences over time. Commuters who bike or walk report better health, lower exhaustion and stress, and fewer missed workdays than their counterpart car commuters.

The study also suggested that providing incentives for commuters to use more sustainable commute options could offer greater opportunity for happiness than those that do not. This summer we launched the new Bruin Commuter Transit Benefit Program, which gives eligible faculty, staff and students the opportunity to try public transit free for one full quarter.

Happiness can be influenced by transportation systems—with sustainable infrastructure and policies potentially enhancing quality of life. Being able to begin and end the workday in a less stressful manner can contribute to physiological and psychological wellness.

These findings demonstrate more sustainable transportation modes are associated with well-being, with the evidence presented supporting the notion that commute mode affect the pursuit of happiness.

Ready for a brighter future by changing your commute habit? See what alternative transportation programs we offer on our website.

 

 

What Do We Do At UCLA Transportation? [VIDEO]

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Dickson Plaza 01-00354 copy2 blogPeople often think all we do is provide parking on campus, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Sure, parking is part of it. Most of it, however, is getting you access to campus. That's what we're all about: being green, sustainable and safe.

To highlight some of our goals, accomplishments and best practices, we've made this nifty video. Check it out below and on our YouTube channel.

 

What to Do to Help the Earth This Weekend

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Tomorrow, April 22, is Earth Day, so it’s time to show the Earth some love. Here are some simple things you can do to help our planet:

Ways to Save Water:

  • Don’t let your automatic ice maker run constantly.
  • Install low-flow devices.
  • Water plants in the morning or evening when the least amount of evaporation is likely to occur.
  • Use your garbage disposal less. Purchase a sink strainer instead to trap food and other debris, or consider composting.
  • Wash full loads to conserve both water and energy.
  • Trust in the power of your dishwasher and stop pre-rinsing.
  • Install a spray nozzle to stop water from continuously running.
  • Check for and fix leaks.

Ways to be Sustainable:

  • Plant a tree.
  • Eat less meat.
  • Stop buying disposable plastic items.
  • Make your own garden or buy more locally-grown produce.
  • Go paperless.
  • Invest in solar powered gadgets.
  • Try carpooling, walking, or biking to work.

Ways to Get Involved:

 

 

Celebrate Earth Month With These Campus & Local Events!

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Green Globe On Moss - Envinronmental ConceptWe think every month should be Earth Month, and that we should always do what we can to protect this environment we live in.

This month in particular, however, is chock-full of activities on campus and in the community to celebrate our beautiful planet. This year's Earth Day is on Saturday, April 22.

Check out the list of upcoming events:

Professionals in Environmental Sustainability Roundtable
April 12, 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Luskin School of Public Affairs, Room 2355

Steering Connected and Automated Mobility in the Right Direction: The 10th Annual UCLA Downtown Los Angeles Forum on Transportation, Land Use and the Environment
April 13, 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.Earth Day calligraphy on watercolor background
California Endowment, Downtown

Energy Innovation Conference
April 14, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
UCLA Anderson

BioBlitz 2017 at UCLA
April 14, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
The Nest at Mildred Mathias Botanical Garden

4th Annual Impact Week at Anderson: Profit and Social Goods
April 17, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
UCLA Anderson

Environmental Health Sustainability Fair
April 17, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Kerckhoff Grand Salon

4th Annual Impact Week at Anderson: Impact Across Careers
April 18, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
UCLA Anderson

Green Screens Film Festival: The Age of Consequences
April 18, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
James Briges Theater

4th Annual Impact Week at Anderson: Designing Inclusive Systems
April 19, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
UCLA Anderson

Sixth Annual SBC Industry Achievement Awards
April 19, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Moss Theater at New Roads School
Santa Monica

Municipal Green Building Conference and Expo
April 20, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Downey

E3's Earth Day Fair at UCLA
April 20, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Dickson Plaza

4th Annual Impact Week at Anderson: Investing for Impact
April 20, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
UCLA Anderson

Green Screen Films Festival: Death by Design
April 20, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
James Bridges Theater

Climate Day LA
April 21, 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
The Theater at Ace Hotel, Downtown

Green Screen Film Festival: Gatekeepers of the Art
April 21, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Patagonia, Santa Monica

Our National Parks at 100: Confronting Change & Committing to Science
April 23, 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Elkins Auditorium, Pepperdine University

E3'S Earth Month Speaking Panel
April 26, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
De Neve Plaza Room A/B

LA Business Council Annual Sustainability Summit
April 28, 7:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Getty Center

UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative 2017 Celebration #DreamRevolution
May 4, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Sunset Canyon Living Ampitheater

Green Gala
May 24, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Carnesale Commons: Palisades Ballroom

 

Is Chevy Bolt Turning Point For EV Market?

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chevyboltGeneral Motors and Chevrolet recently released the first wave of new Chevy Bolt EV’s in the states of California, Oregon, Maryland, Virginia, and Massachusetts.

Marketed as a small crossover, the new Chevy Bolt comes equipped with the interior space and footprint of a subcompact vehicle, all of which is valued at the price of $30,000, after the $7,500 federal tax credit offered on all electric vehicles.

With an impressive mile range of 238 miles, the Chevy Bolt is the most affordable EV model to date, compared to the $70,000 price tag on all-electric Tesla models.