TerraBluTeams Practice #40

The WHAT, WHY, and HOW of Sustainable Transportation:

Every gallon of gas we burn in our vehicles is contributing about 20 pounds of CO2 emissions to the atmosphere.  In 2006, 28% of all GHG Emissions came from transportation: of that 7% is due to aircraft, 7% to other non-road emissions such as ships, boats, trains and pipelines. That leaves 86% of GHG emissions that result from our passenger cars, SUV’s and pick-up trucks (63%) and the remaining from commercial trucking (23%).

While selling your vehicle or converting your diesel to a run on cooking oil today might not be realistic options, there are still some simple things you can do to increase your gas mileage and improve our environment.

No matter where you are in your sustainability evolution, my friends at global stewards.org have a great detailed resource list and links to 42 alternatives to fossil fuel automobiles including ZEV’s. Check it out here.

The Deep Dive:

Bill McKibben’s 7/2012 article on the Terrifying New Math in the Rolling Stone

Globalstewards.org’s solutions for getting around town: Alternative Fuels, Green Transportation, and Improving Fuel Efficiency

EPA’s GHG emission passenger car calculator

US Dept. of Transportation’s GHG Emission Breakdown

World GHG Emissions Hit Record Level, 2011

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