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Nurturing Greener Transportation Habits

By Dr. Robert L. Gordon | 12/16/2015 | 6:26 AM | Categories: Current Affairs

Green transportationMany 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 farfetched 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.

Incentivizing Recycling

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.



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About Dr. Robert Lee Gordon

Dr. Robert Lee Gordon

Dr. Robert Lee Gordon is program director of the Reverse Logistics department at American Public University. Dr. Gordon has over twenty-five years of professional experience in supply chain management and human resources. He holds a Doctorate of Management and Organizational Leadership and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, as well earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from UCLA. Dr. Gordon has spent more than 14 years teaching reverse logistics, transportation, project management, and human resources. He has published articles on reverse logistics; supply chain management; project management; human resources; education, and complexity. He has also published four books on Reverse Logistics Management; Complexity and Project Management; Virtual Project Management Organizations, and Successful Program Management..

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