2019 Commuter Challenge !
It's that time of year again: Canadian cities all over the country are celebrating Earth week with the Commuter challenge. ReThink Green is challenging you and your workplace to take alternative, eco-friendly ways of transportation to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases the week of June 2nd to June 8th.
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 into a friendly competition with other local businesses.
How can you help ?
All businesses and individual members of the city are welcome and encouraged to join the Commuter Challenge this June 2-8. Throughout this week participants will commute to work in the most ecological and sustainable way they can. For example:
- 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 gas emissions. Challenge other local businesses!
Sign up your place of worship today!
Make sure to keep all of your kilometers logged to see how much you or your company has saved in emissions over the week and use this number as a goal to beat 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.
- Walking or biking produces health benefits. Adults 18-64 need 150 minutes of exercise a week.
- Reduces vehicle emissions that can cause health disorders
- Helps to build a stronger relationship with your community
- Stopping at local businesses like coffee shops along the way helps boost the local economy
- Commuting by bike saves time in traffic
- Saves money on gas that can be spent elsewhere
- Helps to lower emissions to slow down climate change effects
For more information on the benefits on being a daily commuter and joining the 2019 Commuter challenge check out their website at www.commuterchallenge.ca.
Last year's winners!
Last year's winners included the City of Greater Sudbury and Health Sciences North. 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 Year's resolutions of eco-friendly initiatives. Established on April 22nd, 1970 by Sen. Gaylord Nelson, Earth Day serves to bring attention to the planet and ways people can contribute to keeping it clean. Earth day has now been celebrated for almost 50 years and has grown so large that 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 green place. Earth week is now celebrated in 175 countries as well as the United Nations who designated the day "International Mother Earth Day."
Hope to see you all on the street!