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Listen to this week’s radio segment on green transportation efforts in Iowa.
How can we clean up Iowa? By cleaning up our commute.
Some Iowa cities are doing just that, but more need to join in.
This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.
Transportation is the second biggest and fastest-growing producer of air pollution. It speeds up climate change and hurts our lungs.
To confront this problem, some Iowa communities are encouraging greener ways to commute:
- The Quad Cities has a group dedicated to encouraging walking, biking and mass transit;
- City Councils in Des Moines, Iowa City and Dubuque have enacted policies to accommodate cyclists and pedestrians;
- And Des Moines, the birthplace of the electric car, will soon build a transportation hub powered by solar and geothermal energy.
But Iowa needs to see more of these green efforts – it ranks just 40th nationally in green transportation policies.
For more information, visit IowaEnviornmentalFocus.org.
I’m Jerry Schnoor, from the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research.