Transportation

Cross-Country Race Proves Trucks Can 'Run on Less'

Sep 29th, 2017 | By Amy Leibrock

Get the results of Run on Less, a cross-country race that showed how the trucking industry could save 9.7 billion gallons of diesel fuel per year.
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Transportation

Papaya Waste: The Fuel of Hawaii's Future?

Sep 15th, 2017 | By Amy Leibrock

Similar to fruit crops on the mainland, a sizable portion of the fruit grown in Hawaii never gets to the supermarket. A staggering 35% of the state’s multi-million-pound papaya harvest is culled from packinghouses due to reasons like disease and pest pressure or post-harvest damage. A researcher sees potential to produce biofuels from all that wasted papaya pulp.
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The Back-to-School Rule Every Parent Needs to Know

Aug 25th, 2017 | By Sustainable America

As kids head back to school around the country, here's one school rule every parent need to follow: turn off your car when you're waiting near a school. Use our new infographic to challenge your school community to take the pledge to stop idling.
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“Safe” Air Isn’t Safe Enough

Jun 30th, 2017 | By Amy Leibrock

A new study released this week shows that levels of air pollution that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency deems safe may not be safe enough. The study, conducted by researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, found that long-term exposure to airborne fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) and ozone — even below current standards established by established by the EPA — increases the risk of premature death.
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Video: How Idling at School Affects Kids' Health

May 3rd, 2017 | By Amy Leibrock

There’s an invisible threat to children's health happening at U.S. schools every day. Air monitoring typically finds elevated levels of toxins during school pick-up times as parents idle their cars waiting for their kids. We’ve created this short video to help spread the message and help more schools go idle-free. Please watch, take the pledge to stop idling, and share the #iturnitoff movement in your school community.
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A Smart Solution for Truck Idling

Apr 20th, 2017 | By Amy Leibrock

Like most good innovations, Idle Smart’s automated idling management solution for trucks began with someone thinking, there’s got to be a better way. In this case, that person was a truck mechanic in Kansas, who realized a lot of the problems he was fixing were caused by the amount of idling trucks were doing while on the job. Functions like keeping cabin temperatures comfortable for drivers overnight or engines from freezing in cold weather are necessary to keeping trucks on the road, but idling engines cause wear and tear — and costs money in fuel and maintenance. Learn more about this smart solutions to truck riding...
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With EVs Taking Off, What's the Future for Other Alt Fuels?

Dec 14th, 2016 | By Katrina Kazda

Electric vehicles are increasingly dominating the alternative fuel market for passenger vehicles in the U.S. With this boom in electric vehicle sales, we wondered how other alternative fuel vehicle options fairing. Is there still a place for hybrid, natural gas and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in the passenger vehicle market?
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Transportation

Clean Cars May Cost Less Than You Think

Sep 30th, 2016 | By Amy Leibrock

Yes, you can afford an alt-fuel car. A new study released this week by Massachusetts Institute of Technology compares the lifecycle cost and emissions of owning 125 different vehicles on the market, and guess what? It turns out that clean cars are a great deal for both the environment and your pocketbook.
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Range Anxiety? Today's electric cars can cover majority of driving needs

Aug 29th, 2016 | By Jessika E Trancik

Electrifying transportation is one of the most promising ways to significantly cut greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles, but so-called range anxiety – concern about being stranded with an uncharged car battery – remains a barrier to electric vehicle adoption. Is range anxiety justified given current cars and charging infrastructure? It’s a question my research group and I addressed in a recent study. Specifically, we asked: When looking down on the geographic area of the U.S. from a bird’s-eye view, how many personal vehicles on the road daily could be replaced with a low-cost battery electric vehicle (EV), even if daytime charging isn’t available?
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Accelerating to a Fuel-Efficient Future

Apr 7th, 2016 | By Jeremy Kranowitz

There have been two competing car narratives happening recently. A few weeks ago, the New York Times reported on how improvements in overall fuel economy have stalled, not surprisingly since the price of gasoline has dropped to $2 per gallon. But the options for drivers who want to buy electric vehicles are better than ever.
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