Catalyst Summer 2014


What is the most effective way in which you’ve reduced your driving-related emissions?

That's easy:

  1. Use a bicycle or walk for all or part of the journey.
  2. Combine trips.
  3. Share a ride.
  4. Slow down.
  5. Keep vehicles well maintained and tire pressures high.

Ian Stokes, Richmond, VT



What more can be done to build support for sustainable agriculture and food that is healthy, affordable, and accessible?

We will publish selected responses (edited for length) in the fall issue of Catalyst. You can respond via


One way that I am trying to reduce my driving emissions, in addition to driving a Prius, is through a voluntary carbon tax. It helps me to be more conscious of my use of fossil fuels for driving, heating, and electricity. [Members of my faith and I] tax ourselves individually but contribute the taxes generated by the group to a purpose that helps the environment.

Alice Swift, Amherst, MA


After retirement and moving to coastal Mendocino County in California, I realized that most of my driving was due to my hobby and passion for birding. Knowing that climate change wasn't good for birds, I searched for ways to reduce my carbon footprint. I started using the local bus system, my bike, and my feet. In 2013 I did a "green" birding year using those three things to get around the county. I saved over 2,929 carbon-producing miles.

Richard Hubacek, Little River, CA


My wife and I replaced both of our aging gas cars with electric ones in 2012 and 2013. We also installed a 3.2 kilowatt grid-connected photovoltaic solar array on our house at that time. We use little electrical energy in our house (about 3,000 kWh) per year, so the photovoltaic system would not have been economically practical without the added loads of the electric cars. After the first year of operation, we have produced 3,800 kWh with the solar array and consumed 2,400 kWh from our electric utility. This energy powered our house and driving about 12,000 miles in our cars over the year.

Tom Greene, Emerald Hills, CA


We purchased a 2012 Nissan Leaf electric car. We charge mostly overnight at home and a portion of our electricity is generated through wind energy. When we shop at a nearby zero-emissions Whole Foods store, we plug the car into a charger that [obtains] 100 percent of its energy from the wind.

Katy Walker, Brooklyn, NY