Think about how often you get in your car when, in reality, you could probably walk the short distance. Each day, Americans travel approximately 15 million miles in car trips, each of which is less than a ½ mile. These short trips account for nearly one million gallons of gasoline burned and 10,000 tons of CO2 released into the atmosphere per day. Every individual can make reduce their impact by driving less and using alternative modes of transportation. To inform students and their families about green transportation, GEF has partnered with Amtrak to create the I Ride Green program.
Did you know that if you idle for 5 minutes a day for a year you’ll waste 20 gallons of gas which adds up to 440 pounds of CO2? I Ride Green invites participants to adopt sustainable travel habits that can lead to lifelong healthy behavior. Within the program, participants pledge to walk, bike, or skate to local destinations, advocate the installation of sidewalk paths to schools, car-pool or take public transportation when possible, and shut of auto engines when the wait time is 10 seconds or more. The ultimate goal of I Ride Green is to inspire individuals to create sustainable transportation habits for the health of the environment, the economy, and people.
Wonder how you can make a difference? Here are just a few green tips for transportation below:
- Walk or bike whenever safe
- Switch to a fuel efficient or alternative energy vehicle, such as the Toyota Prius, and your pollution could decrease by up to 70%.
- Drive the speed limit and increase speeds slowly rather than stepping hard on the gas to reduce fuel consumption.
- Use public transportation and carpool whenever possible. This will decrease the effect of carbon dioxide on climate change.
- Maintain your vehicle because a poorly maintained engine uses 50% more fuel and 50% more CO2.
If you’re not already, be sure to register for free as a GEF member and the I Ride Green program to join the sustainable transportation movement today! Also, check out the engaging I Ride Green curriculum which includes 10 free lessons related to sustainable transportation brought to you by Amtrak.