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Go green and keep your green, pt. two: getting around town


    (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Here's part two of the four-part Go Green and Keep Your Green series:

Getting Around Town

  • Get more bang for your gas buck. Keeping your car properly maintained can have a big impact on what you spend at the pump and the amount of pollutants your car releases. Altogether, getting regular tune-ups, replacing clogged air filters and keeping tires properly inflated can improve fuel efficiency by 17%! Removing excess weight, going easy on the accelerator and cutting down on idling time can help cut gas costs too.
  • Take public transportation. With the “L”, Metra train and Pace bus, there is an array of public transportation options at economical prices in the local community. And if you’re concerned about global warming, taking transit one day a week and avoiding just 10 miles of driving will reduce the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere by 500 pounds a year.
  • Share an eco-friendly car. If you’d love to give up the hassle, cost and environmental impact of your car but walking and taking public transportation won’t quite hack it, consider getting a Zipcar account. Zipcar is a great car sharing service with cars located throughout Chicago.


  • Carshare 5 years ago

    There are lots of companies offering carsharing--around the world. Check them out at

    Most are much friendlier and often less expensive than Zipcar.

  • Jennifer 5 years ago

    Yes, there are many companies offering carsharing, although I only know of two in Chicago. Check out my post on Chicago's I-Go Carsharing (Ditch your car with the Chicago Card Plus/I-Go Card, 4/7/09) for another carsharing option.