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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 community forest spaces across England. Learn more

With your help, we will:

  • Invite educational opportunities by engaging local schools
  • Create publicly accessible woodlands for community spaces
  • Increase forest connectivity for native biodiversity
  • England, in the United Kingdom, used to have abundant forest coverage, but changes in land use have caused significant deforestation. In addition to being critical to protecting the climate, forests also build community. This reforestation project will be a highly engaging, community-led initiative to create educational opportunities, volunteer planting events, and public spaces so that everyone, including the most marginalized communities, can enjoy England's native flora and fauna.Thank you so much for your support of healthy forests! 🌲
  • These more than one million trees will make a significant climate impact, sequestering carbon and creating climate resilience by mitigating flooding and the effects of pollution. This project supports increased access to public woodland, especially for communities in need, with opportunities for community engagement and improved public health. Organizations like Forest School and Woodland Outreach will be able to integrate the project with school education to get children out in nature.
  • 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.
  • Our partner has chosen native trees that will bring the greatest overall benefit to the area. This includes the following: Pedunculate/Common Oak, Downy Birch, Hazel, Hawthorn, Small-leaved lime, Rowan, Silver Birch, Common Alder, Aspen, Goat Willow, Field Maple, Hornbeam, Beech, Blackthorn and tens more.

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