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E-M:/ GREEN COMMUTING SEMINAR



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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

"Green Commuting Seminar: Reducing Dependence on Your Car"

Tuesday, May 13, 2003

4PM – 9PM Hannah Community Center

Hosted by Urban Options and the State Energy Office, Consumer and Industry Services

Contact:  Urban Options at (517)337-0422 or info@urbanoptions.org

Amid international turmoil and increasing gas prices, reducing how much we use our cars has many benefits to consumers. Educating the community about transportation alternatives helps citizens mitigate the burden of increasing gas prices, urban sprawl, ecosystem fragmentation, air pollution, traffic congestion, and parking related hassles. The Green Commuting Seminar will bring to light the economic and environmental benefits of using the bus system, riding a bike, and walking. The seminar will also focus on car sharing, a transportation option that has become successful in many cities. A second seminar scheduled for the fall will further investigate developing a car sharing organization in the greater Lansing region.

The Green Commuting Seminar features introductory remarks from Lana Pollack, President of the Michigan Environmental Council. A prominent expert (to be announced) will give a presentation on Green Transportation Strategies with an introduction to car sharing. Dinner includes a special interactive workshop that will help attendees determine personal transportation needs and explore green transportation solutions. Breakout session topics include local transportation services, tips for bicyclists, and an economic analysis of car ownership. The seminar will conclude with a panel discussion about green commuting and car sharing.

The Green Commuting Seminar is Tuesday, May 13, 2003, from 4pm to 9pm at the Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road, East Lansing. The registration fee is $15 and includes dinner. All interested parties are welcome to attend. Contact Urban Options at (517) 337-0422 or email info@urbanoptions.org for registration information. Additional information is posted at www.urbanoptions.org.

Urban Options is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people improve the environment and save money by using energy and other resources more efficiently.

 

Kristin Brooks
Outreach Coordinator
Urban Options
405 Grove St.
E. Lansing, MI 48823
ph: 517-337-0422
fax: 517-337-0437
kristin@UrbanOptions.org

 
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