U-Haul has focused a majority of our GHG reduction efforts on linking U-Haul services to the increased use of public transportation. We find that U-Haul and public transportation share many objectives, such as both U-Haul and public transportation reduce automobile use, therefore reducing carbon emissions.
Our sustainability efforts can be traced back 40 years, starting when careful decisions were made regarding the locations of property acquired for our centers. Many of our centers within metropolitan areas are located alongside or close to transit routes or close to transit stations. In fact, U-Haul Moving & Storage of Detroit can easily be reached by four major freeways and very close to the Detroit location of AMTRAK train service. Our center locations attract customers who find it more convenient and sustainable to use public transportation to access our centers.
A 2007 study shows that more than 50% of U-Haul customers have taken advantage of alternative transportation methods (such as public transit, cycling, walking and carpooling) to access U-Haul locations.
More broadly, U-Haul can contribute to a sustainable community by:
- Reducing the absolute levels of car use and road freight in urban areas
- Reducing noise at source
- Improving safety of pedestrians and all road users
- Reducing the net social costs of traffic congestion
- Reducing air pollution (such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, and other GHG gases)
- Promoting usage of public transportation
- Improving the attractiveness of local communities for residents, shoppers and visitors
- Promoting social equity by reducing decentralization of cities and improving accessibility, availability, and affordability.