• Transportation

    Week 42: Carsharing

    This week we are going to back to transportation and look at another great way to lower your carbon footprint, but also save a lot of money: carsharing. Carsharing is an idea that goes beyond carpooling and actually shares the car between two or more families. In doing so, you also share all the expenses that come with owning a vehicle like initial cost, repairs, insurance, and even gas. If you’re interested in carsharing but don’t know where to start, a great idea is to talk to friends and neighbours to see if there are any others around you that might be interested in exploring the idea together. Obviously it’s…

  • Economy,  Transportation

    Week 39: Work Where You Live

    A few years ago, I started tracking my carbon footprint with a cool web application called Project Neutral. There weren’t many surprises when I did my first run through the survey but one that really shocked me was the percentage of carbon output that came from driving my car. It shouldn’t really have been a surprise – everyone knows that cars are bad for the environment. But I think we tend not to think about how bad they are because they feel like a necessary evil. I can’t remember the exact percentage, but I remember that at least half of my family’s carbon output was on transportation. So when I had…

  • Transportation

    Week 37: Lower Impact Vacations

    A few years back, I participated in a survey called Project Neutral. It’s a cool initiative that maps your carbon footprint in hopes that you’ll make changes based on the information and strive to be more carbon neutral. The one aspect of the survey results that really shocked me was the transportation section. It’s amazing how much carbon vehicles produce. In a world where we focus on changing light bulbs, it almost feels ridiculous to focus on such minor activities when we all still drive everywhere. So we’ve talked about riding bikes and carpooling. But you know what produces way more carbon emissions than a car? A plane. It’s pretty…

  • Transportation

    Week 36: Carpool

    When you think about the time we spend in our car, the money we spend on fuel, and the types of driving we usually do, it’s strange that we don’t consider carpooling more often as a means of community transit. Often people in the same neighbourhood make the drive to work, school, extra curricular activities, or even weekend trips without thinking about carpooling. Do you know other kids in the neighbourhood that you could offer to drive or pickup from school (assuming they don’t walk, bike, or bus…)? Do you know any colleagues at work that live on your route to the office? For my family, we try and schedule…

  • Transportation

    Week 29: Ride a Bike

    Some people are natural bike-riders. They learned when they were young children and never looked back, riding all the way through high school and/or college and into their adult lives. And there are those of us who are not natural bike-riders. We stopped riding bikes as we hit teenaged years. To be fair, I gave it a good try when I was in university but my overall health wasn’t the greatest and it never stuck. It wasn’t until I made the decision to learn to ride my bike again for health and environmental reasons that I actually fell in love with active transportation.   If you’re not a bike-rider, it’s…