A simple choice that can improve personal and planetary health

April 6, 2010

Taking the stairs is good for your health – but it’s also good for the planet.

Many of us use elevators and escalators every day without thinking.  But both run on electricity, so they have an environmental footprint.  It’s estimated that elevators consume 5% of the electricity used in a typical office building.  That might not sound like a lot – but there are over 700,000 elevators in Canada and the US, and all those rides add up to quite a footprint.

So if your daily routine includes an elevator or escalator ride, why not consider taking the stairs instead?  Good for you, good for the Earth!


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