University of Calgary

Commuter challenge

May 7, 2009

Make your commute count!

Spring has finally arrived and with it comes Canada’s annual eco-friendly transportation competition, the Commuter Challenge. For the fourth year in a row, University of Calgary staff, faculty and students can take part in the event by joining the U of C team and recording their sustainable commuting choices, including walking, cycling, carpooling or taking public transit to and from campus during the first week of June.

“We’ve seen our participation in the Commuter Challenge grow tremendously over the years and we’re hoping to have 1,000 people take part in this year’s challenge,” said Jo Wright, U of C’s sustainability coordinator and member of the U of C Commuter Challenge organizing team.

U of C registered 521 participants last year, more than double the number from 2007, resulting in a reduction of 45,278 kilometres of vehicle travel in one week. U of C had the third-highest number of participants in the city, behind Shell Canada and ConocoPhillips Canada.

Participants in this year’s event will receive two free public transit tickets and be eligible to win prizes. There will also be a special lunch-hour celebration featuring a bicycle repair workshop and interactive information about environmentally-friendly commuting is being planned. Sign up, tell your friends, and don’t forget to log your daily commutes once the challenge begins.

To sign up and learn more about the 2009 Commuter Challenge, visit the U of C Office of Sustainability website: www.ucalgary.ca/sustainability/commuterchallenge

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