Sharing a ride with someone just two days a week will reduce your greenhouse gas emissions by 1,590 pounds a year. Source: StopGlobalWarming.org
Transportation sources emit greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. In 2008, transportation sources contributed approximately 27 percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Transportation is also the fastest-growing source of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, accounting for 47 percent of the net increase in total U.S. emissions since 1990, and is the largest end-use source of C02, which is the most prevalent greenhouse gas. Source: EPA
Useful Resources for Transportation/Vehicle Fleet
Develop policies outlining the facility’s commitment to reduce transportation-based emissions
The transportation policies should include specific action-based goals and a detailed plan of achieving success. The policy should include actions that employees can take at work and take at home.
Purchase company vehicles and equipment that are hybrid-electric, run on biodiesel, ethanol (E85) or other non-petroleum based products
Having a sustainable transportation fleet will not only reduce the emissions, but it will also decrease costs.
Encourage staff to walk, bus, car pool and bicycle to and from work
Promote ways that staff can assist in reducing the facility’s transportation footprint by posting bus schedules, providing reduced-rate transit passes and distributing maps of pedestrian and bicycle friendly routes. Carpooling ideas should be discussed and encouraged in staff meetings. Rewards can be given to employees that actively participate in carpooling, i.e. special parking places for carpool vehicles only, public recognition, etc.
Offer employees information about reducing or offsetting their transportation and carbon-based emissions
Provide employees information on ways to reduce the carbon footprint. Publicize creative ways that other employees have reduced their footprint. Include ideas such as participating in National Arbor Day, carpooling, purchasing green tags or carbon sequestration techniques.
Implementing a telecommuting program for employees, will allow for businesses to save money on gasoline and reducing transportation-based emissions. Businesses can also encourage employees to look into participating in webinars and teleconferences instead of having them travel to meetings at various locations.
Create a no-idling policy at your facility
Idling wastes fuel and increases air pollution. Many states have passed ordinances and laws that set time limits in which commercial vehicles are allowed to remain at idle. Facilities can post notices of the no-idling policy in busy loading areas and parking lots.
Provide incentives for fuel-efficient transportation options
Provide preferred parking spaces to employees that use alternative fueled vehicles (i.e. hybrid-electric, biodiesel, E85, electric).
Promote Alternative Forms of Transportation
Take Broward County Transit (BCT)
Broward County Transit’s service area covers 410 square miles within Broward County with hours of operation starting as early as 4:45 a.m. and running as late as 12:25 a.m. Broward County transit is going green. In summer 2008, BCT received 12 hybrid-diesel/electric buses and is in the process of acquiring fourteen more. Riding public transportation reduces CO2 emissions by 20 pounds a day equaling more than 4,800 pounds in a year if an individual changes their commute from a single occupancy vehicle to public transportation. Visit the online trip planner to help estimate the length and time of taking mass transit from one location to another. For more information please visit Broward County Transit or call 954-357-8400. Source: BCT
Take Tri-Rail runs through the tri-county area connecting Palm Beach, Broward and Dade County. The 70.9 mile system has 18 stations along the tri county area. Over 16,000 people use Tri-Rail on a daily basis and over 4.3 million users in 2008. Trail Rail is doing its part to go green. On October 29, 2008, Tri-Rail switched to biodiesel fuel with a goal of a 99-percent blend, when available. For more information on train schedules visit Tri-Rail.
Register with South Florida Commuter Services
South Florida Commuter Services (SFCS) helps promote ride sharing options for commuters in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie Counties. SFCS provides commuters with information on the various modes available. In addition, SFCS works with employers to identify commuter issues and provide support to relieve these issues. For more information please visit South Florida’s Commuter Services or call 1-800-234-RIDE.
When two or more people ride together in the same vehicle to commute to work.
A vanpool is made up of five to fifteen people who commute together in a passenger van. One or more members of the group volunteers to drive with each rider sharing the cost of operating the van.
Bicycling to work not only saves money and keeps you in great shape, but bicycling also reduces our carbon footprint.
Smart Way Vehicles
The Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay Program is committed to promoting smart
transportation choices for individuals and companies: more choices when buying new vehicles and trucks, more fuel options, and more smart ways to move freight. And we promise that each time you choose the SmartWay, you’ll be helping to reduce emissions and reduce your impact on the environment. Source: EPA
Broward County Encourages the Use of Public Transportation to Reduce Carbon Footprint
Public transportation in Broward County has grown much faster than the population. In 1997, the County’s population was 1,506,376. By 2007, it was 1,765,707, an increase of 17.2 percent or an average 1.56 percent per year. Broward County Transit's annual passenger trips increased from 25.1 million in 1997 to 39.2 million in 2007, an increase of 56 percent or an average 5 percent per year. The operation increased from 202 buses and 36 weekday routes in 1997 to 289 buses and 43 weekday routes in 2007. The largest growth in transit ridership occurred between 1999 and 2005, when increased funding to the transit system resulted in major system and service enhancements, including more buses, more frequent service during peak times, and additional and extended routes. BCT buses operate regionally in Southeast Florida with connections to Palm Beach and Miami-Dade county transit systems and Tri-Rail.