July 1st, 2010

Low-carbon lifestyle

Uncategorized, by Catherine Higgins.

A Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective banner decorates bicycle parking at the Salt Lake Library during the annual 2010 Bicycle Summit held this spring

Travis Jensen, a Utah engineer who works in the transportation industry, is on a permanent carbon-reduced diet.

He lives near a Utah Transit Authority TRAX station, uses a car-share service, teleworks and walks, bikes or uses public transportation to get to meetings or run personal errands.

He’s quick to point out the advantages of his lifestyle choices. “People think it’s a sacrifice,” says Travis.  “For me, it’s really not.” He believes his choices make him freer. “I enjoy walking and riding a bike,” says Travis, and he lists other advantages like saving money and doing his part for the environment.

While Travis makes a big effort to save energy, he does not believe in an “all or nothing” approach. Making a few changes can help save energy.

For instance, using public transportation could mean a productive commute if you take along a laptop or book.  And, commuting on a bicycle is great for personal fitness and could replace a trip to the gym a few times a week.

Challenge yourself

The Clear the Air Challenge is an effort encourage Utahns to make energy saving TravelWise choices that help clear the air in Utah.  It’s easy and fun to participate.

The easy part is signing up online as part of a team or as an individual. The fun part is seeing the energy, dollars and emissions you save on the online tracking system.

There are so many TravelWise solutions (like teleworking or trip chaining) for reducing energy consumption – you may be surprised by the difference you can make. Seeing your daily progress on the tracker is a great motivator to keep up the good work and maybe find some other TravelWise options to boost your weekly goal.

Don’t miss your chance to participate!

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Responses to “Low-carbon lifestyle”

  1. I signed up! I have to admit that I haven’t given my carbon footprint much thought. Now I’m seeing how little differences can add up. I’ll have to consider riding my bike to work. Just have to wake up a little earlier! That’s the hardest part. LOL.

  2. Sweet! I signed up too. It’s amazing how the online tracker makes you want to do more. I am scheming to trim trips as I type…

    Catherine Higgins at July 1, 2010 11:02 pm
  3. The Tracker is great! When you see the pounds of emissions you save by making just a few changes in the way you do things it makes you want to make more changes. The $$ saved is also a big plus.

    Evelyn Tuddenham at July 6, 2010 3:19 pm
  4. I am just glad the tracker is easy to use, being a math-phobe and all…

    Catherine Higgins at July 7, 2010 1:43 am
  5. I use to ride my bike just about everywhere. As long as your commute isn’t all that far, one can get accustomed to it fairly easily.

  6. Reducing your carbon footprint not only helps the environment but if you choose to walk or bike you will be improving your cardiovascular fitness at the same time. a classic win-win scenario.

  7. I recently read about a “Ride Your Bike to Work” day on another website and I think it is such a great idea. Everybody wins when we ride our bikes more often. Hopefully there will be “Ride Your Bike to Work” weeks to come.

    For some adults the thought of getting on a bicycle might instill fear, especially if it has been years that they have ridden or perhaps they never learned as a child how to do so. Your solution could be tricycles for adults, instead of a bicycle.

    For reviews on some of the most popular adults trikes visit http://tricyclesforadults.com

  8. Yes, I signed up too. It’s amazing how the online tracker!

  9. Even for a person that does not care about their carbon foot print, walking and bike riding is a spectacular way to enhance your life. Studies show that just 20 minutes of walking a day greatly increases joyfulness. Who doesn’t want that? Incorporating biking and walking into anyone lifestyle is a great way to feel great and get those endorphins going.

  10. This is key, espcecially now that we are seeing Air quality reports officially stating that kids attending city schools have smaller lungs, a scary aspect nonetheless.

    Regarding the bike, as noted previously, you benefit your own health and others a secondary too.

    Now to jump into my electric smart car!!

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