2018 Commuters Challenge !
Its that time of year again, Canadian cities all over the country are celebrating Earth week with the Commuters challenge. reThink Green is challenging you and your workplace to take alternative, eco-friendly ways of transportation to reduce the amount of greenhouse gasses the week of May 31st - June 6th.
There are many ways you can help your community during the challenge, you can sign up as a participant, or spread the word and enter your workplace as a friendly competition with other local businesses.
Here are a few of last years winners !
1) City of Greater Sudbury
2) Health Sciences North
3) reThink Green
We would like to thank the 14 local businesses and over one hundred individuals that participated in a total of 5, 582 KM that in one way or another, commuted in a sustainable manner. These participants and business are working towards a greener Sudbury, and we look forward to seeing even more of you this year.
What is Earth Week ?
Earth day is like the New Years resolutions of Eco-friendly initiatives. Established on April 22nd, 1970 by Sen. Gaylord Nelson who brought the attention of the planet, and ways people can contribute to helping keep it clean.Earth day has now been celebrated for almost 50 years. Earth Day has grown so large that now it has expanded into Earth week with many countries, cities, and businesses doing their best to spread knowledge about alternative ways of commuting, disposing of waste, and over all keeping the earth a greener place. Earth week is now celebrated in 175 countries as well as the United Nations who deemed the day, International Mother Earth Day.
How can you Help ?
All businesses and individual members of the city are welcome, and encouraged to join the Commuter Challenge this June 3-9. Throughout this week participants will commute to work the most ecological and sustainable way they can,
some ways include:
- Public transportation
- Telecommute ( work from home )
- and any other possible forms of eco-friendly transportation to help lower emissions.
Sign up as an individual or challenge your friends
Sign up your workplace and work as a team to help lower greenhouse gasses and emission. Challenge other local businesses
Sign up your place of worship today !
Make sure to keep all of your km logged to see how much you, or your company has saved in emissions over the week and use as a goal for next year !
What are the benefits ?
There are many benefits to choosing a more ecological and sustainable way of getting to and from work.
- Adults 18-64 need 150 minutes of exercise a week, walking or biking will produce greater health benefits
- Vehicle emissions can cause health disorders
- helps to build a strong relationship with you and the community
- stopping at local businesses like coffee shops along the way helps boost local economy
- commuting by bike can save time in traffic
- saving money on gas can be spent elsewhere
- helping to lower emissions can slow down climate change effects
For more information on the benefits on being a daily commuter and joining the 2018 Commuter challenge check out their website at www.commuterchallenge.ca.
Hope to see you all on the street !