August 29 marked the end of the seventh annual Green Commute Challenge. This event challenges businesses and commuters from around the region to use alternative forms of transportation for work commutes. The goal is to introduce commuters to new transportation options while helping to protect air quality by reducing emissions. Participants may choose to carpool, take the bus, bike, or walk to work and are eligible to win prizes for their efforts.
This year’s challenge included 28 teams with 421 participants. This group of committed individuals reduced driving by 539,193 miles and prevented 393,723 pounds of emissions. Collectively, we saved $101,387 in driving costs — more than $240 per person!
The RideShare team would like to thank our silver-level sponsors — UMB, Commerce and Hallmark; our bronze-level sponsor — VRide; and all of our prize donors. We appreciate the support of these organizations that help bring this great event to the Kansas City region each year.
The RideShare team would also like to thank all of the individuals and organizations who participated in this year’s challenge. Your hard work and dedication helps make the Green Commute Challenge such a successful annual event. We hope to have you all back next year!
Next year, the Green Commute Challenge will run from June 1–August 31. If your company would like to participate, keep in touch on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ridesharekc or stay connected through our website, www.ridesharekc.org.
For more information about the RideShare program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 816-842-RIDE (7433).
To find out about final team challenge rankings, visit the results page online.
The Green Commute Challenge is sponsored by the RideShare and Air Quality programs at Mid-America Regional Council.