The way we move and how we develop our communities plays a critical role in the amount of greenhouse gases (GHGs) we emit.
Reducing the amount we travel and using fuel sources that produce fewer GHG emission are ways to reduce emissions from sources in the transportation sector.
To reduce the amount mileage we drive collectively, we can drive alone less and expand the use of other transportation modes, like biking, public transit and carpool. Remote working could play a major role in reducing single-occupancy vehicle trips, especially in the Kansas City region where so many people commute alone in their own cars. Now that the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many people to work from home, more and more companies are expanding their telework policies.
Another way to reduce the amount we drive, especially alone in our own cars, is to make it possible for the average household to fulfill everyday needs closer to home. We do this by focusing investment in centers and corridors, allowing more people in our region to live, work and play without driving long distances.
Leading by example
- Main street corridor (streetcar), KCI bus electrification
- Gilham Road cycle track
- Downtown Overland Park redevelopment
- City of Olathe CNG trash tuck fleet
- City of Shawnee green street classification
- City of Olathe compressed natural gas sanitation trucks
Top reduction strategies
- Fuel switching (electrification)
- Shifting trips to bus, bike, walking or shared mobility
- Fuel efficiency
- Low carbon/sustainable urban development