I live in a 20-story apartment building, which is at the top of a San Francisco hill. But, unless I have lots of groceries or other stuff to carry, I take the stairs … since I live on the second floor.
So, as you can see, Taking the Stairs, is a no-brainer Everyday Sustainable Practice for me.
- Convenient. Faster than waiting for the elevator.
- Zero CO2 footprint.
- Healthier. (You can even calculate how many calories you burn from stair-climbing.)
- Less wear on the elevator.
- (The only downside socially is that I miss the chance meetings with neighbors during the elevator rides.)
You may ask, have I been able to do this in not-so-easy circumstances? I did work for several years on a 20th floor of a building, but that was back in the late-80s high-heels and pantyhose days, when walking the stairs was not remotely on my mind.
More recently, I had a project for a few months where I walked up and down from the sixth floor, but was a lonely climber. I started a stealth campaign to try to drum up some company. I stuck post-it notes by the elevators and on the stairwell doors: “Take the stairs! Good for your legs! Good for the earth!” But it was a failure. It seemed like as soon I posted the notes, the building maintenance guy took them down. Fortunately, times have changed. New York City even has an official “Take the Stairs” sign, put out by the health commissioner.