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A Greener Charlottesville: Walking to Work

By: Myles Henderson Email
By: Myles Henderson Email

Have you made your New Year's resolution yet? Maybe your still looking for a good one. I'm going to be more ecofriendly this year... I'm going to lose weight... I'm going to spend my money smarter... Do these sound like good New Year's resolutions to you? What if you could combine all three?

Meet Kevin Cox, he lives in downtown Charlottesville and works at UVa. Now that's only a five minute commute, but Kevin's trip to work takes about forty minutes. "I walk two and a half miles one way, so i walk a total of 5 miles each day to and from my job." says Kevin Cox. Kevin walks to work every day, regardless of the weather. "I walked down to work in the middle of hurricane Isabel. I have walked in snow and ice."

Walking to work is a great way to lose weight and to become for physically fit. Kevin says, "This is a good way to get the exercise that we all need and I still have to get to work. So I combine the need to find a way to get to work, along with the need for some exercise and fitness, and walking is a wonderful way to stay fit." Walking can also be a way to relieve stress or relax, especially on your way to or from work. "I really am just able to walk along and think about my day, reflect on the weather, or my family, or whatever."

In addition to the health benefits, you can save money because your not using your car as much. "It also saves a lot of wear and tear on my car, gas, and I don't have to hunt for parking or pay for parking." According to AAA's estimates, Kevin is saving about $300 a year by walking those five miles to and from work. Walking to work is also much better for the environment. By Kevin not driving to work five days a week he's preventing over one ton of carbon dioxide from being emitted into the atmosphere.

If walking to work is just not possible for you try substituting walking for other trips during your day, like walking to lunch from work, or walking to meet your friends for coffee. I know that it may seem like a tiny step but just like your walk to work a bunch of small steps can really add up.

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