4/15/2015 8:01:53 PM

Join Our Earth Day Transportation Challenge!

Earth Day is almost here (April 22) and we are celebrating by doing something good for polar bears and the planet. And we hope YOU will join us.

We are hosting a Transportation Challenge that will help make every day Earth Day.

Individual actions make a big difference when you scale them up. They add to the momentum building for a sustainable society. You can help through simple changes to your transportation habits—habits that will save energy, improve your health, and help polar bears (and people too).

Ready to join the Transportation Challenge?

  • On Earth Day—or starting any day you choose—make a pledge to walk, bike, carpool, or use mass transportation when possible.
  • When you do drive, don't idle! Pledge to turn off your car for waits longer than 10 seconds. This means avoiding drive-through lanes at businesses, turning off your engine in carpool lines, and, in winter, not warming your engine for more than 10 seconds.
  • Invite friends, family members, and colleagues to join you in these energy-saving habits. Check out how individual actions scale up!
  • If you live in the U.S., consider signing up for the National Bike Challenge, which runs from May to September. This year's competition has a goal of more than 75,000 riders and 35 million miles!

If you need to drive, make sure your vehicle is as fuel efficient as possible.

  • Properly inflate your tires. Low tire pressure decreases fuel efficiency; proper tire pressure means you save money and emit less carbon into the atmosphere by driving the same distance on less fuel.
  • Eliminate and extra weight in your vehicle. Toting extra stuff around increases the weight of your rig and decreases your gas mileage. "Every pound of cargo costs you fuel. For example: a weight of 220 pounds can increase fuel consumption by up to .13 gallons per 100 miles, so be sure to inspect the contents of your car on a regular basis." 
  • Combine trips. If you need to run several errands, do them all in one trip to shorten the distance you drive

 Are you ready to take the first step? 

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