What’s Invisible but was Saved on Cartus’ Annual International Transit Day?
Cartus’ Second Annual International Transit Day was another impressive success! By taking alternative forms of transportation, our dedicated employees reduced emissions by approximately 2.3 tons. But how do you visualize this? One way to think of it is that one ton of CO2 would fill a modest one-story ranch house with a footprint of 1,250 square feet. So it’s the equivalent of almost 2.5 ranch homes’ worth of toxic emissions that were saved, along with approximately 237 gallons of gasoline and 5,217 reduced miles.
Cartus has promoted its ridesharing programs for years, and we have earned silver and gold “Best Workplace for Commuters” awards in the National Center for Transit Research’s “Race to Excellence” in years past.
There are many reasons to adopt an attitude of conservationism, especially in regard to transportation. By commuting or ridesharing, not only will you save gas and greenhouse emissions, but you’ll also enjoy other perks:
• Fewer vehicles on the road means less congested highways and better air quality. (The average adult breathes more than 3,000 gallons of air every day; don’t you want yours to be clean?)
• Your car will last longer, since you’re putting fewer miles on it.
• You can catch up on your sleep, or finally finish that book you started last year, or just enjoy the view.
• You expand your social network and combat loneliness by meeting new and interesting people.
• You will arrive at work feeling more Zen and relaxed, not having had to fight traffic.
• The reduced stress may have a positive effect on your overall health (lower blood pressure, healthier heart, etc.).
• And by saving all that gas, maintenance, and parking money, you can treat yourself to a really nice vacation or that big screen TV from your wish list.
Speaking of saving money, consider this: most households can reduce their vehicle expenditures by about half via ridesharing. For example, owning and operating a typical new luxury car, SUV, or van costs about $8,000 a year, and most households own multiple vehicles. If you buy a reliable used car, share it with other family members, and minimize your driving by using public transit, cycling, or walking whenever possible, you may very likely cut your vehicle expenses in half.
What happens if you invest that $4,000 annual savings at 7% annual return? In 10 years you’ll have $55,266; in 20 years, that will grow to $163,982; and in less than 44 years, your nest egg will be worth a million dollars! In other words, excessive car costs waste millions of dollars of accumulated wealth over a typical working lifetime. So put that money in your pocket while being environmentally conscious as well.
Perhaps the most important consideration: ridesharing saves non-renewable energy resources!
The next time you consider your transit options, remember this:
We do not inherit the earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our children.
— Native American Proverb
See the results of our dedicated employees’ conservation efforts around the globe in our new video: