The modern world is built on fossil fuels with the transportation sector one of the largest consumers. Transportation produces almost 30% of all U.S. global warming emissions (i). As the availability of easily accessible fossil fuels declines, the problem we face is not a lack of alternative technology.The problem in the U.S. is that for over 60 years we have built our transportation infrastructure and designed our communities to function almost exclusively with privately-owned gasoline-powered cars and diesel-powered trucks. This has made the American culture addicted to the convenience of a private car. This trillions of dollars worth of infrastructure would take many decades to retrofit for a world without cheap oil — decades we do not have.Instructions
There are 4 sections below. See each section for specific instructions.Act – 10 possible pointsLearn – 15 possible pointsAdvocate – 10 possible pointsShare – 5 possible points
Instructions: The Act weekly challenges are designed to be attainable. You decide how you want to achieve the challenge based on your values and what you want to try. You need to try something that will be new for you. Pick 1 of the following 4 challenges this week to earn 10 points. No additional points will be awarded for doing more because we want you to do one thing well. 1. Reduce your transportation-related emissionsActions you can take:
2. Learn to drive like a Hypermiler, when you do drive.Hypermilers tune up their vehicles and use driving techniques to maximize fuel economy. Changing
your driving style can yield significant
dollar savings at the pump. Go to Hypermiler.com to learn how and start making changes the next time you drive.
3. Learn how to ride transit. If the thought of taking transit sounds intimidating, challenge yourself this week to just do it. Here are some helpful resources:
4. Learn how to commute to campus, work or run errands by bike. If the thought of riding your bike to run errands or get to campus/work intimidates you, challenge yourself this week to just do it. Here are some helpful resources:
Learn - 15 possible points
Instructions: Attend 1 event to earn 10 points. Go to the event page to see what's happening this week. (Not all events will match this week's theme, but over the course of the month-long EcoChallenge, events will be offered related to each theme.)Instructions: Do one of the following to earn 5 points.
Advocate - 10 possible points
Instructions: Pick 1 of the issues below and spend a few minutes this week learning about it and making your voice heard to earn 10 points.
Share - 5 possible points
Submit your Transportation scorecard by noon on Monday, April 21.