We release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere form almost everything we do, but out
dependence on driving represents a disproportionate amount of our daily contributions.
Here are a few facts on the environmental impacts of driving :
If your car gets 20 mi/gal fuel efficiency, one 20 mile trip releases about 18 lbs
CO2 into the atmosphere.
So let’s say you ski 60 days at Bridger, driving 40 miles each day…
That’s 2160 lbs CO2 - or one fourth of the carbon dioxide emissions the average non-American
person produces in a year.
The transportation sector is one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions
- representing 26% of the United State’s total emissions in 2014. (Source: The Environmental
Everyday, Americans generate more pollution and use more energy in vehicle traffic
than they do in the production of all goods, the operation of all commercial enterprises,
or the running of their homes. (Source: The American Public Transportation Association)
Leaving your car at home just two days a week will reduce your carbon dioxide emissions
by an average of 1,600 lbs. per year. (Source: The Environmental Protection Agency)
It’s time to start keeping winter cool.
Start by calculating your car’s carbon footprint and find out how much carbon you’ll
save by carpooling - check out Stanford's commuting carbon calculator.