July 1st, 2010
Low-carbon lifestyleUncategorized, by Catherine Higgins.
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.
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.
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