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Sustainable Transportation

Sustainable Transportation

As we all suffer at the gas pumps, and with summer travel season right around the corner, the idea of sustainable transportation is indeed an attractive one. In the here and now, sustainable transportation basically comes down to vehicles. What can a mobility-loving, energy-conscientious individual do?

Drive a vehicle that gets good gas mileage.

Drive a vehicle that can burn biodiesel or ethanol.

Buy a hybrid gas-electric vehicle.

Consider getting an electric vehicle.

Take advantage of carpooling or car sharing in communities where that system exists.

Walk or ride your bike for a commuting change.

Plant trees to offset your personal CO2 emissions.

Read more: Do Good, Life, Transportation

Adapted from Solar Living Source Book: Your Complete Guide to Renewable Energy Technologies and Sustainable Living by John Schaeffer (New Society Publishers, 2008).

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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8:33AM PDT on Nov 1, 2012

Sustainable Transportation - An International perspective...
http://web.mit.edu/dusp/dusp_extension_unsec/projections/issue_9/issue_9_kassens.pdf

8:37AM PDT on Aug 23, 2012

good tips...might add in maintain your vehicle so it actually gets that mileage and limit use of air conditioner for same reason.

1:23AM PDT on Aug 6, 2012

Great article! Thanks for sharing!

4:51PM PDT on Jun 5, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

4:49PM PDT on Jun 5, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

11:48AM PDT on Apr 26, 2012

Thanks for posting.

3:21AM PDT on Apr 15, 2012

Thank you

10:31AM PDT on Apr 3, 2012

thanks for sharing

5:37PM PST on Jan 19, 2012

good ideas...would like to see more of these being followed......we try, but its disheartening when you see how many monster-SUVs are out there, with one person, and being driven inefficiently.....

10:16AM PST on Jan 18, 2012

In the 70's a lot of people were hitchiking until the smear campaign which was designed to frighten people into not picking up hitchikers changed all of that. In that list of alternatives hitchiking should be included. Hitchiking is safer for the driver than the rider, contrary to the scary movies portrayal. Could these have been financed by the petroleum industry?

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