Planet Business:

How Electric Vehicles are the Future for Lyft {Video}

Diana Chaplin | June 11, 2020 | 2 min read

Planet Business: How Electric Vehicles are the Future for Lyft

Believe it or not, businesses can be incredible change agents for shifting economies, behaviors, and mindsets towards sustainability. And Lyft is one such company that's striving to make a positive impact.

We sat down with Lyft's Director of Sustainability, Sam Arons, to learn about how Lyft aims for the lowest possible carbon footprint.

Arons shares how the average car is only used about 4% of the time, and how the transportation sector is among the largest emitters of carbon. So there is ample opportunity to meet these converging realities through electric vehicles (EV's) and innovation. 

Lyft recognizes the needs of people to get around as efficiently as possible as well as the need to decarbonize our economies, and merges these goals in their sustainability strategy. Carbon neutral since 2018, the company integrates a variety of ways to get around. By offering options for bikes and scooters, users can choose alternatives to cars and thereby reduce their overall carbon impact, especially in cities. Furthermore, by using electric vehicles and sourcing from renewable energy, emissions are further reduced as compared to gasoline vehicles.

Through all these efforts and more, Lyft is a forward-thinking company that is playing an important role in mitigating the effects of climate change and creating economies of scale for a more sustainable future. In addition to all of that, they also plant trees to contribute to the restoration of vital ecosystems!

Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most

Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most

As the need for reforestation is global and ever-changing, we feature where trees are most needed now. Today, we're raising funds to create habitat for monarch butterflies in Mexico. Learn more

With your help, we will:

  • Create breeding habitat for monarch butterflies
  • Work with small-holder farmers for local community impact
  • Reduce soil erosion & prevent landslides
  • This project focuses on both farmland conversion and forest restoration to improve biodiversity habitats in an essential migration corridor for numerous species, most notably the Monarch butterfly. By densely planting native species with the cooperation of local landowners and indigenous communities, we can make sure that Senguio and Ocampo's natural beauty is restored for future generations of people and wildlife.. Thank you so much for your support of healthy forests! 🌲
  • Communities and landowners will be taught sustainable forestry practices such as proper planting techniques, sustainable harvesting, the importance of recycling and waste management, and land and plant protection. This will create jobs and opportunities for those most impacted by the project.
  • A personalized tree certificate (see gallery) to say thanks for your donation. We'll also send you updates about this project, so you can track the impact your trees are having on the community and environment.
  • To maximize the impact of your donation, our partner will plant native species, including Oyamel pine, smooth-bark Mexican pine, Chihuahua pine, and Cupressus lindleyi.

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