ReTHINK how you get from place to place
Transportation accounts for 25% of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions. As the countries in the developing world rapidly motorize, the increasing global demand for fuel will pose one of the biggest challenges to controlling the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. The U.S. light-duty vehicle fleet (automobiles, pickup trucks, SUVs, vans and small trucks) currently consumes 150 billion gallons (550 billion liters) of gasoline a year, or 1.3 gallons of gasoline per person a day. If other nations burned gasoline at the same rate, world consumption would rise by a factor of almost 10. (Scientific American)
Tips for reducing your carbon emissions:
- Ride the Bus—Easy and cheap to get to the mall, airport, or downtown destinations. For schedules, routes and prices for the Rapid, see www.ridetherapid.org/ride. Remember, they have just expanded their hours!
- Where do you get a bus pass at Calvin? Calvin faculty, staff and students may pick up a Rapid Bus Discount card by going to the Campus Safety Office or the Service Learning Center. The Bus cards are free to obtain and drop the rate for the bus down to $0.50 per ride.
- Carpool to and from Calvin—Would you rather carpool? Students traveling to or from Calvin by automobile are advised to consider carpooling with other Calvin students making the same trip. The Ride Board is a bulletin board where students can post their need for a ride or the availability of a ride in their car or van. The Ride Board is located under the Community Tab in the student's Moodle account. Even the Rapid can hook you up: www.ridetherapid.org/carandvanpooling/car-pooling.