This weekend, we drove over a thousand miles exploring upstate New York. Even though my SUV has an “Eco” mode, it still wound up producing a lot of carbon dioxide.
And by a lot, I mean HALF A TON.
It was a sobering realization. We recycle in our household. We donate old clothes to charity. And we try not to buy too many more things than we need. Conservation in this sense is a good thing, but I started wondering whether I was undoing some of that good by traveling so often in a car with a traditional, carbon-emitting, gas-powered engine. That got me thinking about more eco-friendly ways to travel. Not only on long road trips but even when I’m motoring around town picking up the kids from sports and running off to the market.
This weekend I am going to head an hour north to take advantage of the free admission to Boston’s GreenFest, so that I can find out more about different cars that can lower my carbon footprint, such as the Kia Soul EV, Kia Optima Hybrid, Optima Hybrid Plug-in, and Kia Niro.
Where can I catch a GreenFest?
- Connecticut Folk Festival & Green Expo – September 9
- Portland Green Fest, Portland ME – September 10
- Alt Car Expo, Santa Monica CA – September 15-16
- Green Festival Expo San Francisco – November 11-12
What is Boston GreenFest?
GreenFest is a free three-day gathering, held at Boston City Hall Plaza (1 City Hall Square, Boston, MA) August 11-13, 2017 from noon to 6 p.m. There will be live music, movies, a local food emporium, EcoBazaar, and wine & beer garden. Best of all, it is a way to learn about how to be good stewards to our earth while having lots of fun.
Keeping my kids both occupied and learning is always a challenge in the summer. This is a great event to bring the kids to since it features crafts, classes and STEM activities. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts and First Robotics will be there along with pony rides and a face painter.
Why is Kia sponsoring the GreenFest?
“Kia’s management philosophy is all about full accountability, realizing potential, and practicing humanity.” I love that Kia is so excited about taking responsibility for our effect on the planet, something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately.
I have never driven a fully electric vehicle before and can’t wait to test-drive their KIA Soul EV at the EcoRide and Drive. I already know that the Soul would be perfect for short trips because it has zero carbon dioxide emissions. It goes 93 miles on a single charge, which is more than enough than I need to get around our town. For longer road trips though, I’d probably be eyeing the Optima, their hybrid model. It uses electric power to complement its gas-powered engine. Although all three models are a great fit for Boston’s Green Fest, only the KIA Soul EV will be available to try.
Who wouldn’t be excited to try out a new car and enjoy a festival in downtown Boston! Are you planning on going? If you went to the one in Boston, leave a comment below and tell us what your experience was like. I’d especially like to hear from you if you attended one of the other GreenFests.
Maybe next year I’ll take a trip to a different GreenFest. But hopefully without leaving a half-ton carbon footprint!
This post was sponsored by Kia, but as always, all opinions are mine.