Story last updated at 11/11/2009 - 11:53 am
SITKA - People pulled out their bikes, walking shoes, bus passes, and dinghies, or conducted work over the phone and internet to reduce their use of fossil fuels in Sitka this summer. Over 1,400 miles of no gas or shared gas travel were tracked by 46 participants in the "Freedom from Fossil Fuel Fridays" (FFFF) program, which ran from July through the end of September this year.
The FFFF project was started as a 1-month pilot project in 2008 by members of the Sitka Global Warming Group, Sustainable Sitka and the Sitka Bike Friendly Coalition. It was an effort to reduce CO2 emissions, improve health, and save people money by using less fossil fuel and more human-powered and shared ride options.
"This is the second year that we organized FFFF and we are very happy with the final results," said Michelle Putz of the Sitka Global Warming Group. "We had 46 people participate, many of them on a regular basis. Similar to last year, biking was the most popular way to get around without using gas. The most interesting travel method this year was a dinghy ride with several people sharing a no-gas ride."
This year's efforts resulted in about 1,380 pounds of CO2 reduced at 20 m.p.g. fuel efficiency. That's roughly one pound of CO2 reduced for every one mile of no-gas/shared-gas travel.