Small Ways to Make Big Environmental Changes: Try a Transportation Transformation

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Transportation, particularly by car, is a huge source of pollution. Here are some ways you can cut back on gas (and hopefully save a few bucks in the process!) 

Did you know that on average a single gas-powered car emits the equivalent of burning 5,000 pounds of coal? According to authors Laurie David and Heather Reisman in their new book  Imagine It!: A Handbook for a Happier Planet, this pollution isn’t just impacting those on the road. Evidence shows that parking areas around schools where parents are often found idling in their cars for long amounts of time show significantly higher pollution levels within those school buildings. 

Consider alternate forms of transportation

Now that telecommunication has become the new normal, consider cutting back on flights, particularly for work. At home, if you’re traveling short distances, try walking or biking instead of driving. It’ll save you a few bucks on gas and help you get a little bit of exercise in! Finally, if you’re able, try taking public transportation. Think about how much you can get done on your commute when someone else is driving!

If you have to get places via car…what can you do?

If you’re able to, purchase an electric car. Easier said than done since electric cars are so expensive, but brands like Volvo and GM are planning to go all-electric by 2025! If you’re not able to make the electric switch just yet, be mindful of your gas use. As we always say, little adjustments can make big changes! Stop idling as much as you can. Check your tire pressure, since low tire pressure hurts your fuel economy. Use your AC sparingly. And when you can — try to carpool!

Buy less stuff

We know, we know…we’ve been over this when we talked about clothes, food, and basically everything else. But consolidating your trips to the store can save a lot of gas in the long run. Also, think about where all of those Amazon orders are coming from…the journey from overseas to your home takes quite a bit of fuel, so try to shop locally where you can.