Take public transit when you can.
By Lori Bongiorno
One of the best parts of the holiday season is connecting with friends and family. For most of us, there's some amount of traveling involved. Whether you're taking an afternoon drive or flying across the country, you can make choices to reduce the carbon footprint of your trip.
Here are some suggestions.
- Pack light to cut down on fuel use. The more weight a plane, train, car, or bus carries, the more fuel it uses.
- Carpool with friends or family members who are going to the same destination. Or use the Internet for connecting to potential car-mates. Some tools to make this easier: Zimride, Carticipate, and eRideShare.
- Take public transportation if it's available.
- Don't take the scenic route. Saving gas is good for your wallet and the planet. The financial gains will not be as great as they were when gas prices peaked, but every little bit helps (especially during the holidays).
- Chose the train instead of a plane if you can. It's a