Our car donation program is using sustainable methods to fund initiatives that mentor and educate youth. Take an active role in this work by choosing our charity when it’s time to dispose of your vehicle.
Clean air is essential to human health and protecting our climate and planet. The World Health Organization (WHO) finds that air pollution annually causes some seven million deaths worldwide. Clean air means far fewer premature deaths and hospital visits for heart and respiratory illnesses. Reducing greenhouse gas levels may slow global warming. Two main causes of air pollution are energy production and use. The Clean Air Act of 1970, tasks the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with preserving public health by regulating emissions that pollute the air. Studies suggest the benefits of clean air exceed the cost of implementing regulations to reduce air pollution.
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Clean water is essential to human health and for creating the ideal environment for protecting natural resources. In the United States, the Clean Water Act (CWA) establishes the water quality standards that protect our water supplies and restores those waters that have sustained damage. The CWA provides the tools and the guidance that help us to maintain our waterways. It is clean water that sustains marine and wildlife, and enables humans to enjoy recreation such as fishing, boating, or spending a day on the beach. By instituting water quality criteria, proper use of water, and plans that keep water clean and protected, we ensure dependable supplies of clean water.
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Every day, the average American generates some 4.4 pounds of trash. Managing that waste is critical to the preservation of our health and our environment. Poor waste management is a major contributor to climate change and contaminates our soil, water, and air. Such waste disposal methods as landfills release methane, a powerful greenhouse gas that is known to be a major factor in climate change. Reducing waste by composting, recycling, and staying away from single-use food and drink containers and utensils are some creative ways of helping to solve waste management issues. Each one of us is capable of making many small changes to our lives that can help cut back on waste to safeguard our environment.
Green or sustainable transportation is about finding new methods of transportation that do not depend on the natural resources that are in decline. Traditional methods of transportation such as cars that run on gasoline and oil, rely on fossil fuels. For many decades, fossil fuels produced enough energy to satisfy most of our needs. Today, these energy sources are known to be not only non-renewable, but the major source of the carbon emissions that poison our atmosphere and lead to climate change. Electric vehicles, for example, are seen as a promising innovation and practical, sustainable solution to fossil fuel-dependent modes of transportation.
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