Make an Impact and Reduce Your Carbon Footprint.
Everything from the appliances you use to the way you travel has an impact on the
environment. The measure of just how much you affect the environment is known as
your “carbon footprint” which is the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions
your activities produce. To help the environment and lessen the impact of global
climate change, we all need to reduce our individual carbon footprint. One of the
best ways to achieve this goal is by using the bus instead of driving. Use the calculator
below to see how riding the bus compared to driving helps to reduce your carbon
footprint and its effect on the environment.
Source: Sightline Institute, Cross Validated US DOE, US EPA
The C02 emissions from a gallon of gasoline is calculated at 19.4 lbs and based
on statistics from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The C02 emissions per mile for a bus is calculated at 50 percent capacity and based on
statistics from the Sightline Institute.
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- Did you know that in addition to riding the bus, planting trees can help offset your carbon footprint? For every 50 lbs of C02 emitted, you would need to plant one tree to store it. So, both activities lower your carbon footprint and reduce the strain on the environment.
- Annually, a total of 4.2 billion gallons of gasoline are saved as a result of public
transportation. Those who ride public transportation save almost 4 million gallons
of gasoline per day.
- Public transportation reduces the nation’s carbon emissions
by 37 million metric tons annually. Thirty-seven million metric tons of carbon emissions
is equivalent to the electricity used by 4.9 million households. To achieve a similar
reduction in carbon emissions, every household in New York City; Washington, D.C.;
Atlanta; Denver and Los Angeles combined would have to completely stop using electricity.
- Transit riders save about $1,400 in gas costs per year
and transit availability and can save $6,251 annually in a household budget.