Personal vehicles are responsible for much of the carbon emissions destroying the quality of our air. Fortunately, there are many things that you as an individual can do to lesson your impact. The best way an individual can reduce their carbon emissions output is to bike or walk, but these options are not always reasonable, so below are some other alternatives.
Utilizing mass transportation can save you money while also benefiting the environment. Skokie residents can take advantage of mass transit via the Skokie Swift station, giving them easy access to Downtown Chicago. Plans are under way to build an additional Skokie Swift station on Oakton. For more information on the Skokie Swift and its' schedule visit the Chicago Transit Authority page.
If you work further out in the suburbs and mass transportation is not an option, you may want to consider a vanpool. Pace offers a vanpool program that helps its participants drastically decrease their commuting cost. The program provides a van, and only cost the participants between $70 and $170 a month depending on the length of the commute and number of participants.
This charge includes everything, which is significantly lower than owning and maintaining a vehicle. As an added incentive the driver does not pay the monthly fee and is able to use the van for personal miles. For more information on this program, visit the Pace Vanpool page.