LEED Gold- How did we do it? Part 2 of 9

Part 2: Alternative Transportation

“Reductions in single-occupancy vehicle use directly affect fuel consumption and air and water pollution from vehicle exhaust. On the basis of passenger miles traveled, public transportation is twice as fuel efficient as private vehicles and annually saves 45 million barrels of oil. Another benefit of public transportation is the associated reduction in the need for infrastructure. Parking facilities and roadways for automobiles affect the environment because impervious surfaces, such as asphalt, increase storm water runoff while contributing to urban heat island effects.

Bicycle commuting produces no emissions, has zero demand for petroleum-based fuels, relieves traffic congestion, reduces noise pollution, and requires far less infrastructure for roadways and parking lots.”

-US Green Building Council

In addition to avoiding contributing to suburban sprawl and taking advantage of the amenities of downtown, our location allows our staff to walk, bicycle, carpool and ride the bus to work. In fact, we won the City of Knoxville 2010 SmartTrips Commuter Challenge!

We are also located near secure bike racks and have included a shower in our space for alternative commuters’ use during the muggy summer months.

Bike to Work Day, 2009

 

Next stop: Part 3: Water Use Reduction