Every day, we are working to grow awareness and consensus around green transportation solutions that can make an impact today – and for generations to come.
What are we dealing with?
More than 45 million people in the United States live, work, or attend school within 300 feet of a major road, airport or railroad, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Consequences include:
- Higher rates of asthma onset and aggravation
- Cardiovascular disease
- Impaired lung development in children
- Pre-term and low-birthweight infants
- Childhood leukemia
- Premature death
Moreover, there are nearly 270 million registered cars and trucks on America’s roadways, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics – about 20% of vehicles worldwide. These motor vehicles are responsible for:
- Up to 75% of carbon monoxide pollution in America’s most congested cities
- Smog-forming pollutants, including 55% of the nation’s nitrogen oxide emissions
- More than 28% of America’s greenhouse gas emissions
Overwhelmingly, those at the greatest risk include young children and people with asthma, as well as those who face socioeconomic barriers associated with poverty, ethnicity, and education.
Solutions that can make an impact today
To combat these threats, we are working to grow awareness and consensus around green transportation solutions that can make an impact today. These include:
- Promoting the adoption of earth-friendly alternatives to fossil fuels
- Building sustainable communities, where walking, bicycling and public transportation are affordable for all
- Improving the efficiency, performance and affordability of low-carbon transportation options
- Investing in resilient infrastructure to protect vulnerable communities from the impacts of climate change
We must embrace green transportation solutions to build a more sustainable society.