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The Costs of Your Commute: Your Money, Your Time, and the Earth part of SISL:2012 Sustainability in Math Workshop:Activities
In this activity we want to compare not only the cost of one day of commuting, but also the CO2 output. We also want to compute the total travel time. Students collect data on their commute (number of miles, vehicle's miles per gallon, travel time). Then students investigate an alternative option for their commute that could be more environmentally friendly (mass transit, carpooling, biking, etc.). For mass transit options the student would collect data on fare costs, estimated travel time and type of vehicle (bus, train, diesel, hybrid, etc.).