Don’t Be Idle
November 6, 2014
Have you ever wondered how you can have a direct impact on reducing greenhouse gases?
According to the national inventory that the U.S. prepares annually under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), transportation represented 27% of total U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2011 (most recent year that stats were available at the time of writing this post).
Cars, trucks, commercial aircraft, and railroads, among other sources, all contribute to transportation end-use sector emissions. Within the sector, light-duty vehicles (including passenger cars and light-duty trucks) were by far the largest category, with 61% of GHG emissions.
Walden School’s Parent Guild Green Committee launched a “Don’t Be Idle” campaign which highlights a simple way to reduce greenhouse gases, conserve fuel, and save money: wait until 3:00 p.m. to start your car when waiting in the alley for afternoon pick-up after school.
Walden’s mission states that we all have stewardship for the world in which we live. With 230 sets of young lungs in the South Yard each afternoon during dismissal, turning off your car engine in the alley can prevent about 220 pounds of carbon dioxide emitted each year. Multiply by one hundred cars and Walden drivers can prevent 22,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions!
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