How you choose to travel has a big impact on your carbon footprint. Reduce your carbon footprint when you drive, fly, commute and plan your trips.
Air travel requires an incredible amount of fossil fuel, but sometimes flying cannot be avoided. If so, consider calculating the carbon impact of your trip and purchase carbon offsets to balance out your environmental impact. Purchasing offsets means that you help fund a project that sequesters or conserves carbon equivalent to the amount you used.
Be sure to look for a project that has been verified by a third-party and certifies that units to offset carbon are only sold once (see below for links). Also check that the project would not otherwise be required (by law, for example) to be built without this investment.
Remember that you can also offset carbon impact from your home and yard practices until you fully transition to zero carbon living.
Turn off your car when you are stopped for more than 30 seconds. Not only do we have anti-idling laws in Westchester County (no idling for more than 3 minutes), but by preventing idling we have cleaner, healthier air, save money, and reduce our carbon footprint.
According to the US Department of Energy, turning your car off and restarting it does not cause wear and tear on the engine or use more gas, and in fact, idling is worse for the car and uses more gas.
Also, idling causes pollution linked to cardiovascular and respiratory problems such as heart disease, asthma and bronchitis. Children are particularly affected by this pollution which is why it is paramount to stop idling by both cars and busses at schools.