Greenlights: July 2015 Issue

The air we breathe….

"Help Keep Our Air Clean"

According to the National Academies of Sciences, Energy and Medicine, 28% of the energy used in the US is used to move transport people and goods. The transportation sector includes all modes of transportation—from personal vehicles to public transportation to airplanes, freight trains, barges, and pipelines. One might think that airplanes, trains, and buses would consume the most energy in this sector but, in fact, their percentages are relatively small—about 9% for aircraft and about 3% for trains and buses. Personal vehicles, on the other hand, consume more than 60% of the energy used for transportation.  http://needtoknow.nas.edu/energy/energy-use/transportation/

The GoSmart partners work toward reducing air pollution in the Triangle and pitch in to reducing global warming or at least slow it down. The US Census said that in 2014 there was a combined population of 1.4 million people in Wake, Orange and Durham counties and growing.  That is a huge jump from 2004 when the population was 1,080,917. It may be overly presumptuous to assume that if one person chooses to ride the bus or bike to work instead of driving alone that we provide cleaner air and a better quality of life for generations to come. However, imagine what the roads would be like today if only a third of 1 million people in Wake, Orange and Durham counties had chosen to carpool, vanpool, bike, walk or ride the bus as their daily commute one or two days a week starting in 2004. It’s like compounding interest; a little today makes a huge difference tomorrow.

**It’s easy to do your part.  Learn more about air quality, sign up for alerts and do your part when the air quality forecast is Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups, Code Orange or worse.  Click here to learn more about the air quality index, what you can do to improve air quality and sign up for regular updates.  


 

Commuter Spotlight

Meet Jacqueline Gist, she doesn’t commute solo…

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Jacquelyn M. Gist

Over the past two decades, Jacqueline has walked, taken the bus or gotten a ride from friends and family the entire time she has been associated with the University of North Carolina. She has never driven to campus or used on-campus parking as an undergraduate, graduate student or University Career Services employee. She walks for most of her errands and outings. She once took her car to be inspected and had only driven 600 miles since the last one!

Being a member of the Carrboro Board of Aldermen for over 25 years, she has supported fare free buses, sidewalks and bike paths.  Her work to extend hours of service demonstrates her passion for  people who are truly dependent on public transportation and those who have to work late hours for which public transportation takes too long to arrive.

Jacqueline has never had a job that she couldn’t walk or take the bus. When she hears people talking about traffic in downtown Carrboro, she feels that if you’re going somewhere in a two mile radius, you shouldn’t be driving. She is admittedly not a super athlete, but a normal person who thinks it makes sense to get to work without driving. She states, “We have free buses, sidewalks and bike lanes! If people got to work some other way, the roads wouldn’t be crowded.”


Meet our GoPerks sponsors….

Eschelon Experiences supports smart commuting for a multitude of reasons – from how it can save our employees (and others) money, to the lessened impact it has on our environment. We do what we can as an organization. We recycle grease, recycle our bottles and cardboard and encourage ride-sharing amongst staff. We don’t have many ways to demonstrate our commitment to helping reduce our carbon footprint in the Triangle, so we support GoPerks!

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This month’s GoPerks winners are……

 

Michael Agar – Pfizer – $10 Mellow Mushroom Gift Card

Michael Agar – Pfizer – $5 Mellow Mushroom Gift Card

Nick Baldino – Cisco – $10 Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Gift Card

Lamont Burt – Duke University – $5 McDonald’s – Cameron Village Gift Card

Ryan Coker – HCL – Durham Bulls – 2 ticket special

Desere’ Cross – UNC – $10 Sweet Frog – Chapel Hill Gift Card

Tommy Cypress – UNC – Durham Bulls – 2 ticket special

Todd Delk – City of Raleigh – $25 Faire Restaurant Gift Card

Todd Delk – City of Raleigh – $25 Zinda Restaurant Gift Card

Bonita Douglas – Duke University – $5 Cameron Village Gift Card

Jessie Ehrisman – Duke Unversity – $10 Sweet Frog – Chapel Hill Gift Card

Taylor Floyd – City of Raleigh – $50 Medlin Davis Cleaners Gift Card

Syam Gadde – Duke University – $10 Saladelia Café Gift Card

Lindale Hill – City of Raleigh – $10 Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Gift Card

Lindale Hill – City of Raleigh – $10 The Oxford Restaurant Gift Card

Lindale Hill – City of Raleigh – $10 Zinda Restaurant Gift Card

Chuck Kelly – SAS – $10 Tyler’s Taproom Gift Card

Brenton Leanhardt – Red Hat – $50 Gravy Restaurant Gift Card

David Matesanz – Duke University  -$25 North Hills Gift Card

Lucy Medlin- Dept of Public Instruction – $10 Shop Downtown Raleigh Gift Card

Cathy Middelberg – Pfizer – $5 Picolla Italia – Cameron Village – Gift Card

Jeff Miles – NC DENR – Durham Bulls – 2 Ticket Special

Denise O’Neill – NCSU – Durham Bulls – 2 Ticket Special

Donna Schaeffer – City of Raleigh – $10 Whichwich Gift Card

Donna Schaeffer – City of Raleigh – $10 Whichwich Gift Card

Michelle Sclafani – NC DENR – $10 Piccola Italia – Cameron Village Gift Card

Erich Staib – Duke University – Durham Bulls – 2 Ticket Special

Samantha Thomas – Duke University – $5 Saladelia Café’ Gift Card

Alexandra Vaughn – UNC – $50 Macy’s Gift Card

Lisa Wheeler – UNC – $10 Mura at North Hills Gift Card

Teresa Young – City of Raleigh – $25 The Oxford Restaurant Gift Card

 

 

 

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