It is Week Three for the Sharpteam.  Inspired by No Impact Man, each week in September we are trying to adapt a few more resolutions to make us greener.  I do look forward to reflecting on it, it has been an interesting process for us, not all that easy, and the lessons we are learning are probably different than what we set out to learn . . . but that is for another post.  Today we are headed into Week Three . . .

Week 3: Conscientious Transportation

The Sharpteam is going to be conscientious about our driving in these days.  And here are the ways we are going to do that . . .

1.  Drive Less

There are two things that impact this.  The first is that we live in Wenham, Massachusetts.  Public Transportation exists, but not conveniently to get us to where we need to go.  The flip side is that we don’t need to go that far.  Andrew works from home, and I work less than three miles away.  The big commuter in our family is Cole.  His daycare center is 3.9 miles away.  We are going to continue to go to these places, daycare and to work.  But this week and for the rest of the month we are committed to driving less.

2.  Combining Errands

We are committed to combining errands this week.  We won’t just bop out to get something, but instead will keep a list of what we need and plan one trip. (This is much easier since we are consuming less from Week 2).

3.  Tune Up

Since we will be driving our cars, we will be sure that they are as clean for the environment as possible by getting tune ups (it is time).

We will pay specific attention to the air filters, clean air filters help burn less gas, pollute less, and prevent car trouble down the line.

We will align our tires. Poor alignment not only causes tires to wear out more quickly, but also forces your engine to work harder

We will also check our tire inflation, if every American’s tires were properly inflated we could save around 2 billion gallons of gas each year.

And we will tighten our gas caps.  Each year in the United States, 147 million gallons of gasoline literally evaporate into the atmosphere because of loose, damaged, or missing caps.

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We continue to seek to make less impact on our planet . . . in terms of hurting it . . . and more impact in terms of living well.