Going from green to gold requires new and innovative ways of thinking. In particular, it requires making the commitment up front, applying for grants, looking for all available technologies that promote asustainable green transportation future, and most importantly thinkingoutside the box. In today’s 21st Century green revolution, old,traditional, and conventional modes of transportation are no longerviable. Even "green transportation" along will not do the trick. Rather, new ideas that no one has thought of before will be the key togetting the U.S. to become green.
As such, it is great that the East Bay area of California has proposed aninnovative system of "heavily used paved trails, where trail connections would complete a nearly 200 mile bicycle and pedestrian trail serving2.5 million residents of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties." Thesetrails are important because of the linkages they provide to various parts communities, parks,shops, etc. In other words, these trails are a network that connect two counties which are great in the sense that they reduce the amount ofcars travelled on the road which in turn further reduces the amount ofcarbon dioxide emitted.
Consequently, when evaluating whether a community is a leader on greentransportation or not, the first and most important criteria is to lookat what steps have they taken in moving green transportation forward. The Counties of Alameda and Contra Costa out in California have made it a goal of theirs to link the two counties by trail so that residentscan walk to and from places rather than drive, etc.
As such, instead of simply doing a conventional thing to go green likegreen the public buses, shuttles, or mass transit system there, thesetwo counties have come up with some novel idea of having interlockingtrails that connect two counties. On these trails, residents will beable to go to wherever they need to go without the hassle of a car orwaiting a long time for the bus to arrive. Thus, both Alameda andContra Costa are innovative in the sense of doing something that othercities, counties, localities, states, etc. may not have thought of.
Consequently, part of going green when it comes to transportation is not just doing what everyone else is doing, but rather going above andbeyond by finding stuff that has not been tried. In both Alameda andContra Costa counties, their idea is to encourage individuals to walk or bike more on various trails. Hopefully, such trails can become a model for other communities as they assess their future transportation needs.
I am a recent graduate of William and Marywith a double major in environmental science and policy and publicpolicy. I will be an energy blogger. How can the U.S. reduce itsdependence on foreign oil? Is green technology going to happen soonerthan we think? What kind of message is needed to sell individuals onthe need to stop drill baby drill? These are some of the questions I’dlike to explore as a blogger for JustMeans.
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