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How to be a Greener Driver

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates 100 million Americans live in areas with unhealthy levels of air pollution. Much of that can be attributed to the increased emissions from cars and trucks, which are also major contributors to climate change.

If driving a car doesn’t sit well with your green ideals, but is a necessity in your daily life, there are things you can do to make your actions more planet-friendly. From changing your driving habits to choosing a new, more environmentally-friendly vehicle, there are several ways to get from place to place while minimizing your impact on the environment.

October 23rd

Cool Bike-Sharing System Comes to Wrocław, Poland {Pictures & Videos}

I’m a bicycle lover. In particular, I’m a huge proponent of bicycling for transportation purposes. Bicycles are super efficient (perhaps the most efficient transportation option out there), meaning they are very environmentally friendly and also save you and the city a lot of money. They are also a ton of fun to ride, good for your health, good for your mind, and highly accessible.

Energy from Braking Trains Used to Charge Electric Vehicles

That last line might not seem so silly in the near future. In fact, the managers of Spain’s railway infrastructure (the ADIF, for Administrador de Infraestructuras Ferroviarias) have already pulled off a bit of a coup in electric vehicle charging tech when, a few days ago, a group of engineers succeeded in converting the kinetic energy produced by the the ADIF’s commuter trains under braking to charge electric cars. The “proof-of-concept” demonstration took place May 23rd, fully charging a Th!nk City car using only electricity generated by the train’s brakes.

Bike to Work Campaigns Growing {Join In!}

More cities are implementing Bike to Work campaigns and using the outcomes from these events to find ways to support city planning for improved bicycle commutes. Delaware even has an interative database that allows green commuters to track the impact they are making. Nationally, Ray LaHood, Secretary of the United States Department of Transportation, promoted biking to work on his blog by highlighting this Year’s Clif Bar 2-Mile Challenge which runs from May through October.

Living & Bicycling in Silicon Valley, Northern California {7 Things I Loved}

Following up on my posts about what I loved about living and bicycling in Sarasota, FL and Chapel Hill-Carrboro, NC, here are 7 things I loved about living and bicycling in Northern California. In the middle of graduate school, I lived in Sunnyvale for a summer, worked in Redwood City, and did most of my grocery shopping in Palo Alto. So, despite being 3 different places, they were sort of one place to me and I’m combining them all for this.