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2009-07-13 Green Carbon supports Carpool Day 2009 on August 5, 2009

posted Jul 13, 2009, 12:23 AM by Adrian Koit   [ updated Jul 13, 2009, 8:39 PM ]
Green Carbon is proud to support and promote Carpool Day 2009 happening in Auckland on Wednesday August 5, 2009. We believe that these types of grass root initiative are key if we are to make an impact and permanently change the status quo. Purely from a climate change perspective, even if this only removes 1,000 cars off the daily workers commute, that would be over 880 tonnes of CO2 emissions less per year *. For context, roughly 154,000 vehicles cross the Auckland harbour bridge every day.
If you live in Auckland and want to make a difference, make your pledge now. It's super simple, so have a go and have fun.
Why Carpool?
If you're an Aucklander, then you know, like the rest of Auckland, that there are too many cars on the road, and for many of you, public transport is not a viable option. You also know that the situation is not likely to improve any time soon. Guess what? There is an alternative. And it's not even that hard! For one day, you can try out making a difference to the Auckland traffic situation and to your pocket. On Wednesday August 5, 2009, the first ever Carpool Day will be happening in Auckland. Why don't you come and be part of it?
Spread the word - how to get others involved!
Carpool Day 2009 is a chance for all Aucklanders to have a go at carpooling and really make a difference to our traffic issues for a day. Here are some tips to get others involved:
  • Tell all your friends and family about Carpool Day, when it is and how to pledge. Talk about the benefits of carpooling (we have some key points to refresh your memory below) and how Carpool Day is a "Have A Go" day.
  • Send an email to all your friends and family about Carpool Day. Sample email available
  • Your workplace may have a person or committee who oversees environmental issues - contact them and tell them about Carpool Day. They will be able to promote Carpool Day at work.
  • Tell your workmates about Carpool Day and how to go about pledging to carpool.
  • Print off the Carpool Day poster and put it up at work.
  • Contact the Carpool Day team and become part of our volunteer network - help us make Carpool Day a huge success!
Carpooling Benefits
The benefits of carpooling are many, but some that are most often reported include:
  • Savings — in some cases dramatic — on the costs of commuting
  • A faster and less stressful journey by using the the T2/T3 transit (carpool) lanes
  • Less wear and tear on your vehicle
  • Less stressful commuting/less driving
  • Reduced traffic congestion and fuel consumption
  • Helping to keep the air clean **
  • Unexpected benefits like making new friends and keeping more consistent work hours
The Inspiration and the Team
Sarah Painter. I’m the one who came up with the crazy idea of having Carpool Day! I’m seriously passionate about the environment and always have been. Every day I’m on the look-out for ways to be greener and ways to make it easier for others to do so too. I really believe that every little thing we do to help the environment makes a difference – including carpooling on Carpool Day.
Following suit are
Sandy McGivern
Arwen Vant
Ian Lightbody
Roger Woodroofe
Jane Clark
and growing...
Read more about the team of volunteers here.

Sharing your stories or getting involved.

Sarah & her team are inviting people to share any carpooling stories you have before Carpool Day - have you tried carpooling before? What happened? They are looking for funny or inspiring stories to publish in their next newsletter. Send it now.

If you or your business want to get involved, I am sure Sarah and her team would love to hear from you.
* Calculation based on:
  • Average driving distance of 11,000 km per year with 1/3 related to work. (source, MoT: Household Travel Survey v1.2 Revised May 2007)
  • Emissions factors for default vehicle (source, MfE: Guidance for voluntary, corporate greenhouse gas reporting, Data and Methods for the 2007 Calender Year).
** Some statistics:
  • Emissions from vehicle exhausts contain carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide, all of which are greenhouse gases that cause climate change. Approximately 16 per cent of New Zealand’s total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions come from road transport (MfE, 2008)
  • There are other emissions which are not deemed GHG but are certainly unhealthy. These include Carbon monoxide (CO), Nitrogen oxide (NOx) and Sulphur dioxide (SO2). In Auckland, motor vehicles contribute to the majority of CO (84%) and NOx (80%). (MfE Auckland 1993 inventory).