Nurturing Greener Transportation Habits
By Robert Gordon
Program Director, Reverse Logistics Management at American Public University
Many of us are opting for greener transportation options. The number of options of fuel efficient and alternative fuel vehicles is growing. No green idea seems too far-fetched as we see momentum growing for Hyper-Loop and Air Taxis are already going into operation.
Many cities are already moving to greener mass transit, whiles others have announced that they will simply ban cars to generate a need for greener transportation alternatives. Furthermore, many tourist cities in Europe already incentivize green transportation.
We Need to Catch-Up with the World
Many nations are already ahead of the U.S. in regard to environmentally-friendly transportation. In the not too distant past, U.S. gasoline prices were $5 a gallon. Given this all-time high, one would think that this would be enough to incentivize a move to alternative fuels. However, with the fall of oil prices it seems that the U.S. has resumed wasteful habits.
Resources are not infinite and preserving what we have is a very good idea. Creating awareness of the need to make the most of the resources we have will lead to greener consumer habits. Once this begins, the public will then likely become supportive of greener transportation and logistics.
The lack of cultural awareness is evident today in the state-by-state approach to litter recycling. Why are national problems like litter and recycling left to local jurisdictions? For example, some states have a bottle deposit and some do not; to me, this means that some states have incentivized recycling.
Wasting resources is a global, not local issue. A national recycling deposit might help improve our national awareness of reducing waste.
Incentivizing recycling would be a great first step to increasing awareness and preserving the resources of the planet. Such awareness can lead to needed support for green transportation and other logistics practices that help to optimize the use of resources. The transportation and logistics industry can have a great impact on making the U.S. a greener nation and our children will thank us for making a difference.
About the Author: Dr. Robert Lee Gordon is the program director for the Reverse Logistics Management department at American Public University. Dr. Gordon has more than 25 years of professional experience in supply chain management and human resources. Dr. Gordon earned his Doctorate of Management and Organizational Leadership and his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix as well earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from UCLA.