Monday, 24 May 2010 08:24

Making the Most of a (Greener!) Memorial Day Weekend

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Having a great weekend and minimizing your footprint on our planet can go hand in hand. In 2009, an estimated 32.4 million Americans took some type of trip for Memorial Day weekend and traveled at least 50 miles. That’s a lot of gas—about 54 million gallons based on an average fuel economy of 30 miles per gallon. Here are some ways to make the most of your weekend while minimizing your carbon footprint.

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  • Check out what’s going on locally! Many cities and towns have parades, fairs, fireworks shows and other events to commemorate Memorial Day and for residents to enjoy the official start of summer activities.
  • Share your culinary skills with family & friends! Host a summer barbeque, and to minimize your work in the kitchen, ask guests to bring a dish or help with the meal.
  • Take transit! See if you can take public transit and save on gas too. Have you considered taking Amtrak? Train trips can be fun for the kids and the whole family.
  • Offset your travel footprint: if you’re driving, flying or taking other modes of transportation, you can offset your footprint affordably and support great projects to advance a clean energy future.
  • Take in a baseball game! Whether it’s your local team or the major leagues, you’re likely to find a game that weekend to enjoy.
You don’t have to travel far to enjoy Memorial Day weekend, but if you will, remember you can reduce your footprint by offsetting in support of third-party validated carbon reduction projects. Learn more about reducing your footprint at our Save Energy page!
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