SFUU’s Transportation Footprint

Join us for a forum about this issue on April 14, 2019

 "Pool It" Sign North of Vancouver, Washington, Was a Reminder That the Gasoline Shortage Was Not over in March, 1974 and Sharing Rides Was a Good Idea; image from the National Archives and Records Administration

"Pool It" Sign North of Vancouver, Washington, Was a Reminder That the Gasoline Shortage Was Not over in March, 1974 and Sharing Rides Was a Good Idea; image from the National Archives and Records Administration

The purpose of this project is to lower the SFUU congregation’s carbon footprint by reducing the number of miles the congregation, as a whole, travels by car or by other means that consume fossil fuels. One outcome of the project is to obtain agreement on personal actions that each congregant is willing to take in the area of transportation. The project will begin with a congregational forum to introduce the idea of reducing our transportation footprint.  This will include discussions of ride-sharing, video conferencing techniques for meetings, public transport alternatives, personal trip awareness, maximizing driving efficiency, and getting travel/tourist satisfaction while still minimizing the impact on our planet. A brainstorming session will round out the forum and may identify other efforts that will help SFUU meet its goal of reducing its transportation carbon footprint.

SFUU serves a farflung geographic area, so sharing rides to church for Sunday services, meetings and special events, and video conferencing some committee meetings are all ways to start reducing our transportation footprint.  To facilitate ride-sharing, we propose creating a physical or virtual ride-board.  Recognizing that we use transportation for more than just church functions, we also propose disseminating information about public transportation alternatives for our area, perhaps devoting space to this issue in our monthly newsletter.  This could involve local transportation alternatives columns in the newsletter or developing experts in public transportation to serve as resources for our congregation.

Green Team Leader for this project: Bob Niblack

Click here to learn about zoom meetings (one method of video conferencing)

Click here for tips on maximizing your fuel efficiency from the Union of Concerned Scientists