The Clean Air Campaign: A Georgia Environmental Program
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The Clean Air Campaign: A Georgia Environmental Program

The Clean Air Campaign is a Georgia program designed to keep our roads and skies as clear as possible.

Almost all states with sizable metropolitan areas have a program similar to the Clean Air Campaign; Georgia's environmental program claims the following goals as its motto:

"As Georgia grows, so do its traffic congestion and air quality challenges. The Clean Air Campaign is a not-for-profit organization that works with its partners, Georgia employers, commuters and schools to encourage actions that result in reduced traffic congestion and improved air quality.

To accomplish this goal, The Clean Air Campaign and its partners offer assistance to more than 1,600 employers to design and implement commute options programs that make business sense; protect public health through the issuance of Smog Alert notifications; offer targeted incentives to commuters and employers; and work with elementary, middle and high schools to protect children from harmful pollution and empower children to take a positive role in reducing traffic and cleaning the air.

Each day, these efforts help reduce traffic by more than 1.4 million vehicle miles and keep 700 tons of pollution out of the air."

As indicated by the above paragraphs, the Clean Air Campaign's goal is to protect the environment Georgians live in so that they can be as safe and healthy as possible. On its website, the Clean Air Campaign provides a myriad of services designed to reduce the ratio of vehicles per the number of passengers and keep Goergia's roads from being clogged. Its most touted one (often heard in radio broadcasts all across the Atlanta area FM band) is the commuting options for those traveling into Atlanta to work. RideSmart is Georgia's commuting program, and it claims to offer a free service with more than "50,000 potential carpoolers or vanpoolers." It also offers 30,000 on another link, but whichever the number actually is, this is an impressive pool of commuting individuals to work with.

Carpooling is a simple concept, but its implications are enormous if its properties are taken advantage of. Most average passenger cars today offer five seats and four doors, but seat at least four comfortably. Those who choose to carpool can split their gas costs into 1/2, 1/3, 1/4, or even 1/5 of their former costs if they capitalize on the idea to its maximum.

When broken down into basic math, it is easy to see how powerful carpooling can be. By the numbers, if a car that gets 30 miles per gallon and has a five seat capacity drives 100 miles round trip per day, it drives 36,500 miles per year (we will assume weekends are driven as well for this vehicle). Divided by 30, 36,500 miles traveled equals 1,217 gallons consumed. At $2.50 per gallon in yearly cost, this equals $3,041.67 in gas for one person over the year, $1,520.83 for two people, $1,013.89 for three people, $760.42 for four people, and if you dare, $608.33 for five people. Over time, these shared costs can make quite a difference in one's yearly pay, and the amount of gas burnt and fumes thrown upward will be greatly reduced. This is the goal of the Clean Air Campaign.

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