Estimate Your Carbon Emissions

Find out how much CO2 an average commuter emits and learn more about how you can reduce your carbon dioxide emissions.

Joy Wang

In our last post we highlighted how the pandemic can be seen as an opportunity to revitalize and rebuild vanpools. COVID-19 has also brought a new-found awareness and emphasis on a more sustainable and healthier lifestyle. We, as an industry, have learned that climate change and health goes hand-in-hand. When we make conscious efforts to reduce our carbon emissions, we strengthen the health of our community. The push towards shared mobility like vanpools and carpools, as well as active transportation has taken center stage and is here to stay.

As Earth Day 2021 approaches, we want to stay connected (virtually) and make this celebration more engaging!

Take our sustainable transportation calculator to see how you compare!

What's your sustainability transportation score?
How are you planning on commuting to work?
Are you vanpooling full time?
How long is your drive to work (one-way)?
How long does it take you to get to work (one-way)?
What mode of transportation do you commonly use to run errands?
How would you like to improve your commute?
Would you consider switching to vanpooling?
What's your email?

Your Green Score

Your Score

Typical Commuter


pounds of CO2 per year (total)
Most commuters emit 10,669 pounds of CO2 on average
You emit the average
pounds of CO2 from commuting to work and back
Single Occupancy Vehicle trips emit 6,240 pounds of CO2 on average
You emit the average
pounds of CO2 from shopping, errands, and other non-work trips
Non-work trips emit 2,400 pounds of CO2 on average
You emit the average

How to Calculate Your Carbon Footprint

Your direct carbon footprint comes from the amount of carbon dioxide emitted for each mile of your commute to work and back home as well as additional emissions from running errands outside of work. This calculator does not include indirect sources of carbon emissions from goods or services you’ve purchased.

FTA estimates show that single occupancy vehicle trips emit around 0.96 pounds of CO2 per every mile driven compared to 0.22 pounds of CO2 per passenger when vanpooling - that’s 77% fewer emissions if you switched from driving to vanpooling.

Non-work trips including errands, recreation, family trips/vacations, and other non-work trips typically average about 10 miles per day.

Updated 04/14/2021
Visit our Resources section to learn more about MagicBus technology and vanpooling resources