24 Jul '11, 12pm

City-Dwellers Blow Their Green Cred on Energy-Hogging 'Compensatory' Holidays, Research Says : TreeHugger

Researchers Erling Holden and Kristin Linnerud found that "using a kind of 'moral accounting,' people who thriftily save fuel getting to work may feel they've done 'their fair share' and can indulge themselves in their time off," the magazine Miller-McCune writes in an article about the study: People living in dense cities with no backyards typically consume more energy on their time off than people in cities with a little more greenery because they undertake longer getaways by car and by plane. It's called "compensatory travel ." Environmentalists who drive less during the week tend to fly more on holidays than the less environmentally active. Coasting On Green 'Credits' I've certainly fallen victim to this syndrome, patting myself on the back for being car-free and always living in small-ish apartments (with flatmates, no less) in dense, central, mixed-use urban neighbor...

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