Other reports are currently being compiled for November 2013. Stay tuned!
So if you look at the social cost (that is the societal effects of using this much fuel) due to greenhouse warming, oil dependency, pollution, congestion & accidents ($2.10 per gallon) it will break down as follows:
Public Safety: $3074.94
All others: $751.29
Total Impact by Loyola for September: $7162.30
So when you think about fuel consumption – this is the cost to society by just Loyola’s vehicle fuel use for 1 month. The website I listed links to the journal article I based my calculations on.
I think that those calculations and that data is something that needs to be brought into the conversation more often. I think that a lot of people tend to think about the impact that driving has on the environment in a kind of “abstract” way. When you say “driving a car pollutes the air” you don’t really get an idea of the extent of the problem. It also seems that more people respond to the financial problems associated with pollution, so I’m glad that you brought these up.
I want to start thinking about ways that we can decrease the amount of fuel that we consume each month. I think that instituting a no idling policy would probably help, but that would just be the first step.
Yes and a gallon of gas uses on average 12.9 gallons of water, so that’s 43,996 gallons of water used just on gasoline for the fleet last month. Maybe this is what should be on the signs in the student center…
Holy cow, that’s a lot of water! Maybe making Loyola a “No Idle Campus” would really work wonders with our fuel consumption…
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