I have to admit I didn't do anything special. I had back to back meetings at work so I was off site most of the day driving alone in my car; not very environmentally friendly. There isn't any public transportation for outside of Valparaiso and the country roads aren't suited to bikes with people whipping around at 55 miles an hour. I wish there was someone to carpool with, but I think I'm the only employee in this part of town and I work pretty unique hours; 7-4 Sunday through Thursday.
I may not be able to cut down on my mileage to work and back but I can cut down on my mileage in the garden. Taltree has a number of golf carts and such to move its employees around inside the arboretum. They are all gas or diesel powered and they are much faster than walking. This week I decided to only use the carts if I had to move more stuff than I could carry, such as, when I needed to transport plants or take large tarps full of weeds out to the compost pile. I had my seasonal gal do the same.
It was an improvement in so many ways. Walking allowed me to see the gardens from the visitor's perspective. It helped me see areas that need work. Walking made me more efficient, not in how fast I got places, but I came more prepared because I knew I couldn't just zip back if I forgot a rake or my pruners. I also worked for longer in one area. I made fewer trips to the compost pile. Instead I made bigger piles and each cart load I took was full. I also saw that carts are disruptive. Visitors come to the arboretum and gardens to enjoy nature and relax. Look at the Taltree website, "Come on in," it says, "Unwind." It's hard to enjoy nature when golf carts are buzzing back and forth on the pathways you are wandering down. It's much nicer to see a gardener walk by. The last and most obvious benefit is we used less gas.
I am going to make this a permanent change for me. I will walk unless I need to haul more than I can carry myself. I will encourage my seasonal helper to do the same.
What improvements are you making in your life to be more Earth friendly?