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Commuter Challenge is back with a campus twist

Two-week national competition for post-secondary institutions kicks off Sept. 22
September 19, 2014

Everyone who commutes to the university is invited to participate in the Campus Commuter Challenge for the week beginning Sept. 22. 

For the next two weeks students, faculty and staff on campuses across Canada will be cycling, taking public transit, walking, rollerblading, skateboarding, carpooling and telecommuting (working from home) as part of Campus Commuter Challenge

If this competition sounds familiar that’s because it is. The Campus Commuter Challenge is the same as the National Commuter Challenge except it's just for post-secondary institutions. The challenge was introduced to help maximize student and faculty participation since most students are away in early June when the popular corporate version of the challenge takes place.

Everyone is encouraged to participate, including those students, faculty and staff who already commute sustainably on a daily basis as well as anyone who participated in June’s challenge; this is your chance to keep making all those sustainable commutes count and be entered for a chance to win a prize.

Participation is quick and easy!

Step 1: Go to commuterchallenge.ca/campus and click Registration.

Step 2: Complete the registration details and chose “University of Calgary” when asked about your institution.

Step 3: Log your commutes (mode and distance) daily Sept. 22 – Oct. 3. As you log your commutes, your impacts will be recorded and will accumulate over the week. Emission reduction, calorie consumption, distance and fuel cost savings will all be tracked.

If you currently drive to campus alone there are plenty of resources available to help you make the switch to something new at least once during the challenge if not longer term. These include secure bike parking, the Bike Root and other cycling services, carpool.ca, Top of the Lot carpool program, Car2Go on campus, UPASS (students only), telecommuting options, and video conferencing facilities.

Go to the Office of Sustainability to learn more about sustainable transportation initiatives at the University of Calgary.