Transportation accounts for about 34% of Oregon’s greenhouse gas emissions. Start out by choosing one day a week to walk, bike, take public transportation or carpool. If possible, live close to your workplace, and to services like your grocery store or library.
These resources can help you discover climate-friendly transportation alternatives in your area:
- Drive Less. Save More provides a full set of tools, specific to Oregon and Southwest Washington, to help you spend less time in your car (and less money on gas) by planning trips more efficiently and using other methods of transportation.
- Commute Options for Central Oregon, a Bend-based non-profit, encourages transportation alternatives to single-passenger cars in Central Oregon. Sign up for a car- or van-pool, find tips on telecommuting, bicycling, or busing, and more.
- Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s Employee Commute Options
(ECO) program gives employers in northwest Oregon the tools to encourage
Take Public Transit
In your city:
If you live in an area with good public transit, say goodbye to your personal vehicle and sign up for a car-sharing service for those rare times you need a car.
- ZipCar (Car-sharing for individuals, businesses, and universities)
- U Car Share (U-Haul's car-sharing program)
- CarpoolMatchNW.org can match you to a carpool or help you share a ride in Oregon or SW Washington.
- Start or join a vanpool (sponsored by Metro) in the Portland area.
- In Portland, try renting an EcoShuttle for your business or group outing and get there on 100% biodiesel.
And if You Have to Drive...
When driving, combine several errands and car trips into one. Follow the speed limit; you’ll get better mileage (exceeding the speed limit by just 5 mph during highway travel cuts your fuel economy by 6%). Make your next car the least-polluting, most efficient vehicle that you can afford to meet your needs. Maybe it’s an innovative hybrid that combines a gasoline engine with electric motors, or a wagon instead of an SUV. If you do need a truck, check out the new hybrid SUVs. But it doesn’t have to be a hybrid; a car that gets 30 miles per gallon is a winner (you will save more money and emissions if you jump from 20 mpg to 40 mpg than from 25 mpg to 50 mpg).
- Maximize the fuel efficiency of your current vehicle.
- Use fueleconomy.gov or the EPA's Green Vehicle Guide to choose a more efficient vehicle. Over the average lifetime of an American car, a 40-mpg car will save
roughly $3,000 in fuel costs compared with a 20-mpg car, so compare
fuel economy performance before you buy.
- Check out the federal and state tax credits and incentives to help you purchase of a more efficient vehicle.
- Consider electric vehicles! Oregon is one of the pilot regions for the EV Project, a multimillion dollar effort to expand electric vehicle use. With this project and other efforts around the state, the number of plug-in charging stations in Oregon is growing.
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