EARTH DAY | APRIL 22
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GETTING TO WORK
Average one-way commute to work in the United States in 2019: 28 minutes.
States with the longest
average one-way commutes to work:
New York (34 minutes) and
Maryland (34 minutes).
States with some of the shortest average one-way commutes to work:
North Dakota (18 minutes) and
South Dakota (18 minutes).
How people commute
Less than 1% (805,722) of people in the United States rode a bike to work in 2019.
Almost 3% (4,153,050) of people in the United States walked to work in 2019.
Across the 122,802,852 occupied housing units in the United States in 2019, it is estimated that ...
by utility gas.
Less than 2%
Less than 1 percent (248,893)
by solar energy.
Businesses that use wind electric power generation
How US businesses are going green
Businesses that use biomass electric power generation
Businesses that use geothermal electric power generation
Businesses that use solar electric power generation industry
Businesses that use electric power transmission
The percent of U.S. renewable electric power generation in 2018
Total revenue for electric power generation industries that use renewable energy
Businesses that use hydroelectric power generation
The number of employees who work in zero-emission technology industries
Trash picks up
Today’s average American generates about 4.5 pounds of trash per day, compared to 2.68 pounds in 1960.
In 2018, 292.4 million tons of waste were generated in the U.S. About 69 million tons were recycled and 25 million tons were composted.
“The ultimate test of man’s conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.”
— Gaylord Nelson (1916-2005),
former governor of Wisconsin, founder of Earth Day
Earth Day History
How did Earth Day start? Environmental activists coined Earth Day in response
to a massive oil spill in waters near Santa Barbara, Calif., in 1969.
The first Earth Day mobilizes 20 million Americans to call for
increased protections for our planet. The first Earth Day in 1970 inspired the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts. Today, about 1 billion people take part in Earth Day-related activities.
After 18 years in the U.S. Senate, Gaylord Nelson, the founder of Earth Day, loses his race for a fourth term. After leaving office, he joines The Wilderness Society, an environmental group, as a counselor.
Earth Day goes global, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries.
Earth Day leverages the power
of digital media to build millions of local conversations across more than 180 countries.
Earth Day Network launches A Billion Acts of Green and The Canopy Project. Earth Day 2010 engages 75,000 global partners in 192 countries.
Earth Day 2020 marked 50 years with global activities.
Sources: US Census Bureau, EarthDay.org, Environmental Protection Agency, Tribune News Service, History.com