Posted by: raesalley | August 15, 2005

SmartCommute – save your lungs!

Today kicks off the annual 45 day drive to get people more aware about the air they breathe and the hazards of our daily commute. Sponsored by SmartCommute, this annual event in NC is a fun way to get people aware of the other possibilities and help save the environment.

Fun tips from the drive:
The Triangle (where I live) ranks 23rd in the nation for ozone-air pollution.

Triangle residents spend an average of 27 hours per year sitting in rush-hour traffic My drive is roughly 20 minutes one way and 14 miles long

The Triangle had the second highest increase in commute times in the nation over the last decade My theory? we’re sprawling a bit much…so new homes are going up places that are an hour or so from RTP – where many of us work

A 2000 study found that 25% of the 7th & 8th graders in Wake & Durham counties suffered from asthma or asthma-like symptoms.

NC children with asthma miss 3.7 more days of school per year than non-asthmatics (That’s because when we get sick with something in the respiratory system, we’re out of commission longer)

A typical household spends nearly 20 percent of its income on driving costs – more than it spends on food. my household is around 17% – including the car payments

Nine billion gallons of fuel are wasted in traffic each year – 800 times the amount of oil spilled by the Exxon Valdez

The estimated ozone-related health effects in NC from April-October 1997 were 240,000 asthma attacks and 1900 hospital admissions. The cost of these hospital admissions was over $19million

80% of commuters questions said telecommuting would make life less stressful, 70% said their productivity would improve, and 67% said it would make them more loyal to their employer.

Fun facts, huh? The thing that kills me is that they’re capitalizing on the rubber wristband phenomenon and having a green one that gets you nifty discounts. Wild and crazy stuff – but hey! cheaper ice cream!

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