Sustainable Transport

Screen Shot 2015-09-13 at 11.16.50 AMSustainable Transport (Week #39)

The WHAT, WHY, and HOW of Sustainable Transportation:

Scientists tell us that every gallon of gas we burn in our vehicles is contributing about 24 pounds of CO2 emissions to the atmosphere.  In 2013, 27% 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%).

What can we do to ameliorate this effect and decrease global warming and climate change?

  1. Have you considered converting your diesel to run on cooking oil? It can be done in four hours.
  2. Sell/recycle your old fossil fuel vehicle to obtain a hybrid, electric or solar car.
  3. Consider living without a vehicle.
  4. Locate your home in a walkable city.
  5. Get a bike.
  6. Join a carpool, best apps here.
  7. Share your car.
  8. (or live without a car altogether) or it is not a diesel automobile, there are some simple things you can do to increase your gas mileage and improve our environment.

Screen Shot 2015-09-13 at 11.56.54 AMNo matter where you are in your sustainability evolution, my friends at wikipedia have a great detailed resource list and links to alternatives to fossil fuel automobiles including ZEV’s (zero emission vehicles). Check it out here.

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The Deep Dive:

National Center for Sustainable Transportation

Citi Transmitter Vehicle by Vincent Chan

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