Transportation

Alternative transportation options abound today — and not only in big cities. Environmentally friendly transportation systems include smart public transportation plans, bike-friendly cities, car-share programs and access to more fuel-efficient vehicles.

Just a few years ago, it seemed you could count the number of hybrid or electric cars on just one hand: Each maker had one or two models you could choose from. But today, there are seemingly countless options for consumers wanting to invest in more fuel-efficient cars, hybrid models and fully electric vehicles. The effects of electric vehicles on the environment is still being studied, as the source of electricity greatly impacts the relative environmental impact. With this in mind, some innovative renewable energy producers are looking to provide a sustainable, distributed electric grid and home-stored battery power, so drivers can charge their cars with the power of the sun and wind.

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Alternatively, conscientious companies are looking at ways to keep more traffic off the road entirely, and they provide convenient transportation for their employees. They incentivize carpooling, use of public transportation, biking to work or even working from home — all of which, some studies have shown, leads to happier, more productive, employees and higher retention rates. Other companies have alternative transportation written in their DNA: SnappCar in the Netherlands encourages car owners to share their personal cars with neighbors and friends, and Canada’s CarShare Atlantic claims that with each use of one of their vehicles (versus owning a personal car) approximately seven to 10 cars are taken off the road — which results in fewer harmful greenhouse gas emissions, less traffic and fewer necessary parking spaces. Learn more about employee-focused, mission-driven businesses creating sustainable products in our free report.

And of course, you can’t talk about alternative transportation without mentioning bike shares, bike-friendly cities and companies that encourage biking or walking to work. The organization Bikes of Reckless Opportunity, for example, is not only creating a simpler and cleaner commuter bike, but it also works with World Bike Relief to donate a bicycle to a person in need in the developing world with every purchase.

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