In North America, the movement of people and objects represents a significant use of energy and a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. This is because many forms of transportation rely on carbon intensive fuels, like gasoline or diesel. In many urban areas, the transportation sector is the second largest emitter (behind buildings) of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. It therefore presents a huge opportunity to mitigate climate change, through a combination of green infrastructure and technologies, simple actions leading to behaviour changes, and long-term urban planning.
For residents of Maple Ridge, transportation is a significant part of our carbon footprint. The city’s geographic design plays no small role in this, but it is also heavily influenced by economic factors. Examples of such factors include the fact that many Maple Ridge residents commute beyond city limits to work. Commuting to work, dropping the kids off at school, and even driving down to the corner store for some quick grocery shopping are all examples of transportation actions that emit greenhouse gases and contribute to climate change. To help address some of these issues, check out Maple Ridge’s career webpage to find a job with the City that suits you!
There are also several easy ways in which an individual can accomplish their transportation goals while reducing the environmental impact of their actions: