Travel Green

Category: How-To Published: Saturday, 18 November 2017 Written by Super User

Public Transportation and Carpooling
"Public transportation produces 95 percent less carbon monoxide (CO), 90 percent less in volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and about half as much carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitrogen oxide (NOx), per passenger mile, as private vehicles." (

Locally, Ben Franklin Transit (winner of the City of Richland''s "Green Business of the Year" award in 2006) offers bus service and vanpool/ridesharing. Visit their website,, for more routes and fares.

Walking and Biking
Not only will you help the environment - you''ll also save money, stay in shape, and enjoy the outdoors!  See the Outdoor Guide for more information.

Hybrid and Fuel Efficient Cars
A hybrid car features a small, fuel-efficient gas engine combined with an electric motor that assists the engine when accelerating. The electric motor is powered by batteries that recharge automatically while you drive.

Compare types of hybrid cars at

For local charging stations for EV''s see Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Emissions Testing
According to the Wa State Department of Ecology, motor vehicles are Washington''s largest source of air pollution. Well-maintained vehicles not only minimize air pollution, but will also result in better fuel economy and longer engine life.

Department of Ecology Emissions Testing Program:

Switch to Bio-diesel or Ethanol & Request More Filling Stations
Biodiesel is the name of a clean burning alternative fuel, produced from domestic, renewable resources. Biodiesel contains no petroleum, but it can be blended at any level with petroleum diesel to create a biodiesel blend. It can be used in compression-ignition (diesel) engines with little or no modifications. Biodiesel is simple to use, biodegradable, nontoxic, and essentially free of sulfur and aromatics. (Courtesy of the National Biodiesel Board).

Ethanol is a high octane, liquid, domestic and renewable fuel, produced by the fermentation of plant sugars. E85 has an octane of approximately 105, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, is biodegradable and does not contaminate water. Ethanol sells for approximately the same price as unleaded gasoline. It is domestically produced and promotes energy independence. Learn more from the National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition.

DOE Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center

Bio-Fuel Compatibility:
- Ethanol-10 can be used in any gas vehicle without modification. Ethanol-85 requires a Flexible Fuel Vehicle. Many cars are already compatible. Check to see if your vehicle can use E-85.
- Biodiesel-5 can be used in compression-ignition (diesel) engines with little or no modifications.

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