--A typical dinner travels over 1,500 miles before it is served. Eating local food greatly reduces the consumption of fossil fuels and packing materials.
--Purchasing locally grown products benefits local farmers and your local economy.
--Eating vegetables (instead of red meat and dairy) one day a week would account to saving 1,160 miles of driving.
--The average household spends 18 cents out of every dollar earned on transportation costs. For the city of Bloomington, this figure translates to a yearly expenditure of $4,278.96 based upon median household income.
--Transit riders save an average of $1,400 per year on gas--or one-third of the average cost of transportation in the city of Bloomington.
--An hour of brisk cycling can easily burn 600 calories. Most bike commuters report losing 15 to 20 pounds during their first year in the saddle without changing eating habits.
--Landfills are now the largest source of manmade methane emissions, accounting for 34% of total US methane emission. This emission can be diverted by composting and recycling.
--The waste stream for an outdoor event typically follows a general ration of 4:3:2:1. If an event generated 100 pounds of total waste, the breakdown for each waste stream may look like this:
---40 pounds of compost
---30 pounds of recyclables
---20 pounds of cardboard
---10 pounds of landfill waste
--Each ton of paper recycled saves 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, three cubic yards of landfill space, 4,000 kilowatts of energy, and 7,000 gallons of water
--Producing one ton of copy paper releases 5,690 pounds of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. That's the equivalent of six months of automobile exhaust fumes.
--The average American consumes more than 140 reams of paper. Producing 140 reams reams of paper releases 1,990 pounds of greenhouse gases and requires 8.4 trees to make.
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