In our last post we highlighted how the pandemic can be seen as an opportunity to revitalize and rebuild vanpools. COVID-19 has also brought a new-found awareness and emphasis on a more sustainable and healthier lifestyle. We, as an industry, have learned that climate change and health goes hand-in-hand. When we make conscious efforts to reduce our carbon emissions, we strengthen the health of our community. The push towards shared mobility like vanpools and carpools, as well as active transportation has taken center stage and is here to stay.
As Earth Day 2021 approaches, we want to stay connected (virtually) and make this celebration more engaging!
Take our sustainable transportation calculator to see how you compare!
Your direct carbon footprint comes from the amount of carbon dioxide emitted for each mile of your commute to work and back home as well as additional emissions from running errands outside of work. This calculator does not include indirect sources of carbon emissions from goods or services you’ve purchased.
FTA estimates show that single occupancy vehicle trips emit around 0.96 pounds of CO2 per every mile driven compared to 0.22 pounds of CO2 per passenger when vanpooling - that’s 77% fewer emissions if you switched from driving to vanpooling.
Non-work trips including errands, recreation, family trips/vacations, and other non-work trips typically average about 10 miles per day.