Burlington, VT (PRWEB) May 12, 2014
The eighth annual Way to Go! Commuter Challenge kicks off today, May 12th, and it’s generating a lot of excitement. So far, about 5,000 commuters have pledged to take part in this effort to reduce driving costs, air pollution, and traffic.
Way to Go! commuters pledge to carpool, car share, telecommute, bike, walk, or take the bus to work or school during the week of May 12-16th. While reducing the impact of commuting on their wallets and on Vermont’s air and roadways, participants can earn prizes, including the Carbon Cup award for teams with the highest percentage of Way to Go! commuters.
“It’s a great group of participants this year,” said Suzanne Elowson of the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, a lead organizer of the challenge. “There’s still time to sign up and be a part of it. Folks who take this challenge not only save money but they also come away with a real sense of pride that they made a difference in reducing air pollution. And they have a great time doing it.”
This spring’s Challenge aims to top the strong results brought in by last year’s participants, who saved a combined $48,500 at the gas pump, drove 384,000 fewer miles, and kept 266,000 pounds of carbon dioxide out of the air. Way to Go! is designed to raise year-round awareness of transportation options by encouraging commuters to travel in ways other than driving alone.
Individuals and teams are welcome to sign on at http://www.waytogovt.org. Businesses, schools, and communities with the highest percentage of participants will be recognized at an award ceremony on June 19th.
Way to Go! is supported by a wide network of 35 partner and sponsor organizations from around Vermont, including lead partner the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation.