Environmental Impacts of Transportation

In 1990, transportation counted for 45% of the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the City of Berkeley. Surprisingly, the type of automotive travel that generated the greatest amount of emissions is not the daily commute to work, but the short, non-commute trips.  

Each gallon of gasoline burned creates 20 lbs of CO2 emissions. Find out what your vehicle uses.

There are many ways to reduce the environmental impacts of transportation:

Trip Reduction

  • Combine your errands to make fewer trips; also, warmed-up engines pollute less than cold ones.
  • Neighborhood carpools for school events will reduce the number of vehicles on the road during commute hours.
  • Use a fuel efficient vehicle.
  • Keep your vehicle in good repair; a well-tuned vehicle will produce fewer pollutants.
  • Carpool to events such as movies and concerts.

Public and Alternative Transit      bikeln1 bphoto2 

    • Public transportation connects neighborhoods in Berkeley to shopping, schools, theaters and parks.
    • Bicycles are a healthy alternative to vehicles, and produce no emissions in their use.  Also, it is far easier to park a bicycle than an automobile.
    • Walk!  It is a great way to meet your neighbors, and is a safe and healthy form of exercise for nearly everyone. 

Electric Vehicles

    • New electric vehicles have a range of up to 100 miles, and a top speed of approximately 80 mph.
    • Recharging times range from 4 to 8 hours.
    • Mileage is approximately 2-3 miles/kWh, and electric vehicles are cheaper to operate on a per-mile basis.
    • Recharging stations are located throughout the state as you travel; you can also use your household current for recharging at home.
  • Find out more about Fuel Efficient Vehicles here.  

  • Find out about  a new Electric Hybrid Vehicle here.

Gasoline Savings Websites

Connect to Bay Area public transportation agencies, including links to airports.

Connect to more great driving tips to save money and reduce pollution.

Rate different year, make and model vehicles for fuel efficiency.