Date of Publication

Winter 1-25-2019


Climate Change, Active Commuting, and Health

• Climate change contributes to 7 million deaths/year globally

• Negative health outcomes from increased carbon emissions include heat-related illness, mental health issues, and respiratory and allergic disease

• Active commuting reduces carbon emissions, promotes physical activity, and reduces chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, and obesity

Active Commuting in Chittenden County

• Only 8.5% of Vermonters commute actively

• Burlington has been intensely promoting active commuting through developments in infrastructure and safety

• Most Burlington residents still commute by car

Project Goal

• Compare how active commuters and non-active commuters in Chittenden County differ on attitudes and beliefs on health, vehicle emissions, economics, convenience, and safety.

• Advise VTCHA on possible targets for the promotion of active commuting.


Meredith Graves

Vermont Department of Health

Chester Areson

Vermont Climate and Health Alliance

Rebecca Jones

Vermont Climate and Health Alliance

Dan Quinlan

Vermont Climate and Health Alliance


Environmental Health, Global Health, Health-Related Quality of Life & Well-Being, Physical Activity, Social Determinants of Health, Public Health Infrastructure

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Attitudes & Behaviors Surrounding Active Commuting in Chittenden County, VT