Driving Down Carbon Isn't So Hard
By Maurice Carter, Sustainable Newton President
For our 2021 virtual kickoff Friday morning, we visited with Ray C. Anderson Foundation Executive Director John A. Lanier to discuss the Drawdown Georgia initiative. John gave us a hope-filled, inspiring look at the country's only state-centered climate action program. If you missed it, please take time to view the replay.
Sustainable Newton is committed to doing all we can to promote the Drawdown Georgia effort and bring its 20 carbon-reduction solutions to households, businesses, and local governments in Newton County.
Starting a new year is the perfect time to assess what personal changes I can make towards "bringing climate solutions home," as they say at Drawdown Georgia. Across the five key solution sectors (Electricity, Buildings and Materials, Food and Agriculture, Land Sinks, and Transportation), there are feasible actions we can each take to contribute to the overall 46 megaton carbon-reduction goal for the program. (Each megaton is one million tons.)
But first, how did I do with my 2020 commitments, which I shared in a previous blog post? One action was to reduce my CO2 emissions by driving my new Honda Accord Hybrid. Checking the results today, I'm pretty pleased. I logged 6,101 miles last year, at an average of 43.6 miles per gallon (MPG). Compared with the 20 MPG I was getting from my old car, the net difference is:
I made my contribution to our statewide goal while saving nearly $400 and enjoying the new car I had to buy anyway, since my old one was shot. What's not to like? And, my miles driven are very low for our state, considering the average Georgian logs 18,920 miles each year (second only to Wyoming among US states). Which means most drivers can do even better than I did, and your cash savings will grow even more quickly.
There are other ways to achieve your part of that 9 megaton reduction in Transportation, which includes these solutions:
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