Category: Transportation/Travel

The Cost of Cars

The Cost of Cars

Many millennials show little enthusiasm for cars and driving, but for “Gen Z” – those born from 2000 on – the jury is still out. Well, not entirely; one member of that generation –...

Anticipating Climate Refugees

Anticipating Climate Refugees

At first, all eyes were on Hurricane Harvey. Then attention turned – momentarily – to the wildfires raging out West before riveting on Hurricane Irma. Cascading natural disasters in a warming world raise the...

Resisting a Rollback of Emissions Standards

Resisting a Rollback of Emissions Standards

As ineffectual as this president appears, his Cabinet members are stealthily orchestrating destructive changes. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is intent on subverting that agency’s mission. At the behest of automakers, he is...

Safeguarding Favorite Places–from Ourselves

Safeguarding Favorite Places–from Ourselves

Biking Mount Desert Island’s Park Loop Road over Memorial Day weekend, Friends of Acadia Conservation Director Stephanie Clement witnessed vehicular chaos. She has seen a lot in Acadia National Park over two decades but...

Working without the Commute

Working without the Commute

Even as we acquire the latest gizmos and systems, we don’t always upgrade our own modes of operating. Technology has transformed the traditional workplace, yet most employers still insist that workers be on-site for...

Invisible Green–The Need to Better Promote Maine’s Sustainability Work

Invisible Green–The Need to Better Promote Maine’s Sustainability Work

I set out this week to write about how easy it is to travel more sustainably by patronizing businesses that do right by the environment. But to my surprise, it still takes effort in...

The Long Road to Fuel Economy

The Long Road to Fuel Economy

It seemed at first like a reasonable expectation. Looking to replace a 16-year-old car, I assumed that comparable vehicles–bought new or lightly used–would have markedly higher fuel efficiency. Technology had come a long way...

Breaking the Idling Habit

Breaking the Idling Habit

The easiest paths to sustainability offer multiple benefits – helping the environment while benefiting health and finances. Businesses refer to the “triple bottom line” when choosing options that simultaneously enhance people, profits and planet....