Individual and Family Strategies

Top 3

01
Buy a cleaner car.
A higher smog rating means fewer emissions. Look for a smog rating of eight or higher. Ask your local auto dealer for more information.
02
Drive less.
Walk, bike, or take the train or bus. Contact your city and state representatives to support public transportation, bike trails, and sidewalks.
03
Make your home low emission.
Furnaces and water heaters will soon overtake cars as our primary emission source. Make sure your water heater is Ultra-Low NOx and save money by making sure your home is well insulated.

Cars and Trucks

Homes

[i] EPA’s new Fuel Economy and Efficiency label. https://www3.epa.gov/carlabel/

[ii] EPA Sets Tier 3 Motor Vehicle Emission and Fuel Standards, http://www.epa.gov/otaq/documents/tier3/420f14009.pdf

[iii] Three examples of ADU from the city of Minneapolis. http://www.startribune.com/right-to-build-accessory-dwelling-heads-to-minneapolis-council/282303781/

[iv] From Lehigh Valley Planning Commission

[v] https://www.energycodes.gov/sites/default/files/documents/MeasuringStateCompliance.pdf

[vi] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1247506/

[vii] Diagram of the compounds emitted by 2-stroke engines compared to 4-stroke engines in snowmobiles. http://serc.carleton.edu/research_education/yellowstone/snowmobiles.html

[viii] From NACTO Street Design Guide. http://nacto.org/publication/urban-street-design-guide/street-design-elements/sidewalks/

[ix] http://www.nrpa.org/uploadedFiles/nrpa.org/Publications_and_Research/Research/Papers/Nowak-Heisler-Research-Paper.pdf