Sustainable Transportation

The transportation sector is the single largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in Canada. In Nova Scotia alone, transportation accounts for 26% of total Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, 18 % of these emissions are related to personal vehicle usage. Not only do vehicle emissions release tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other GHG’s into the air, they also affect public health.

Other greenhouse gasses released in vehicle emissions include: Carbon Monoxide, Sulfur Dioxide, Nitrogen Oxide and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s).

These GHG’s combine with other emissions and create air pollution and ground level ozone which cause cardiovascular diseases in humans.

Here are some tips to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions while saving you money:

• Travel in a carpool. Carpooling with just one other person cuts fuel consumption in half.

• Use public transit where possible. It reduces carbon dioxide emission by 75 percent.
• If you live close to work, walk once and a while. You will be getting exercise and saving money.
• Instead of driving, walk to get lunch during your afternoon break.
• Make your workplace an Idle-Free Zone. Encourage drivers to stop unnecessary idling by placing Idle-Free Zone Signs in the parking lot.

For more information visit the Idle-Free , Active Transportation or Climate Change.

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