Why Is Transportation Important?

Vehicles are responsible for approximately 20 percent of US greenhouse gas emissions annually, but getting to and from work, school, and home is a necessity for everyone. The American Public Transportation Association reports that an average household spends 18 cents of every dollar on transportation, and 94 percent of this goes to buying, maintaining, and operating costs. This is the largest expenditure after housing.

About Transportation

There are multiple ways of decreasing your carbon footprint in your day-to-day activities. Small adjustments have a large impact considering our population size. How can you be sure your car or bus is getting the correct miles per gallon (MPG)? Or how can you tell if a vehicle's emissions are higher than normal? Maintenance is an issue that is sometimes not considered when thinking about greenhouse gases. Asking questions and seeking advice from professionals and online can save you money and conserve natural resources.

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Hybrid Vehicles

Maintenance Policies

Walk or Ride Your Bike to Work

What Broward County Public Schools Are Doing

  • Transportation has purchased 16 hybrid SUV vehicles in the District fleet.
  • The District plans to replace surplus District vehicles with hybrid vehicles.
  • Transportation has written and submitted an “Anti-Idling” policy for School Board approval. This measure will drastically reduce school bus emissions by prohibiting school buses from idling in school loading zones and reduce fuel consumption by restricting engine idling.
  • Vehicle Maintenance utilizes “recycled” water to wash buses and uses biodegradable products to absorb fuel spills in the garage areas.
  • Vehicle Maintenance has installed 50 head shields on District school buses to reduce fuel consumption.

What You Can Do

  • Take the alternative. Use mass transit, ride a bike, carpool, buy or learn about fuel-efficient (FEV) or hybrid vehicles, and use alternative fuel sources, such as biodiesel. If it isn’t possible to commit to any of these on a consistent basis, try carpooling or riding a bike just once a week.
  • Get more MPGs! The next time you or your family purchase a vehicle be sure to check the EPA rating on the miles-per-gallon. The more fuel efficient, the better!
  • Tune it up! Protect your equipment and the environment with scheduled maintenance. Oil changes, tire inflation checks, and vehicle point inspections all prevent environmental damage and save money spent on repair costs.


Fuel Economy

Fuel Saving and Heat Control Technology

Natural Resources Conservation Service

USEPA Heat Island Effect