SustainAbility Newsletter

Increase Mileage & Save Money


Summer is upon us, and that means road trips, family vacations, and jaunts to the campground. Unfortunately, it also means higher gas prices, especially this year. Whether your motives are saving cash or saving the environment, increasing your fuel efficiency is a wise idea for all of us.

Here are some easy ways to do so:

  • Obey speed limits. Speeding can reduce your gas mileage by up to 33 percent!
  • Don’t idle. If you are stuck at a railroad crossing or drawbridge, turn your car off.
  • Don’t “jackrabbit,” or accelerate abruptly. Similarly, don’t slam on your brakes at stop lights. Anticipate changing lights and begin your slowdown sooner.
  • Empty your trunk. Excess weight decreases the miles per gallon your car gets.
  • If you are driving at highway speeds on a hot day, use your air conditioning to keep you cool. An open window or sunroof causes excess drag, which results in lower gas mileage.
  • Keep your air filters clean. A clogged air filter can significantly affect your gas mileage.
  • Regular oil changes and tune ups can also do wonders for your gas mileage.
  • Check your tires. Improperly inflated tires will cost you money in lost fuel efficiency.
  • Combine errand-running trips. This will save you both time and money.
  • Don’t drive. Whenever possible, join a buddy in a carpool, telecommute to and from work, take the bus, ride a bike, or get some exercise by walking to work.

Go to to check the fuel efficiency of your car and to find other gas-saving tips.

Fast Facts

  • 43% of people with safe places to walk within 10 minutes of home meet recommended activity levels, while just 27% of those without safe places to walk are active enough.
  • Up to 25% of cars on the road during the morning rush hour are providing school transport.
  • More children walk to school when there are sidewalks.


References and Sources used in this issue of SustainAbility Newsletter Include:

Audubon International

The International Sustainability Council

The US Environmental Protection Agency

Organic Farming Research Foundation

United States Department of Agriculture
Natural Resources Conservation Service

Natural Resources Defense Council

SustainAbility Newsletter Archive Article (random)

Critter of the Season - The Black Capped Chickadee


A bird almost universally considered “cute” thanks to its oversized round head, tiny body, and curiosity about everything, including humans. The chickadee’s black cap and bib; white cheeks; gray back, wings, and tail; and whitish underside with buffy sides are distinctive. Its habit of investigating people and everything else in its home territory, and quickness to discover bird feeders, make it one of the first birds most people learn.

Size & Shape
This tiny bird has a short neck and large head, giving it a distinctive, rather spherical body shape. It also has a long, narrow tail and a short bill a bit thicker than a warbler’s but thinner than a finch’s.

Color Pattern
The cap and bib are black, the cheeks white, the back soft gray, the wing feathers gray edged with white, and the underparts soft buffy on the sides grading to white beneath. The cap extends down just beyond the black eyes, making the small eyes tricky to see.

Black-capped Chickadees seldom remain at feeders except to grab a seed to eat elsewhere. They are acrobatic and associate in flocks—the sudden activity when a flock arrives is distinctive. They often fly across roads and open areas one at a time with a bouncy flight

Chickadees may be found in any habitat that has trees or woody shrubs, from forests and woodlots to residential neighborhoods and parks, and sometimes weedy fields and cattail marshes. They frequently nest in birch or alder trees.  


References and Sources used in this issue of SustainAbility Newsletter Include:
Audubon Lifestyles 
The International Sustainability Council 
The Cornell Lab

Small Business Trends              

Sanford Golf Design

Scotland Yards Golf Club


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A Coalition for Good - Spreading the Seeds of Sustainability

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