GoNewHavenGO Competition Encourages Sustainable Travel

GoNewHavenGO Competition Encourages Sustainable Travel

New Haven Register, August 17, 2017

By Mary 0'Leary

GoNewHavenGO will be recruiting participants to its CarFree Challenge through August and feature three prominent local organizations and businesses who have made an effort to help employees find sustainable methods of work travel.

GoNewHavenGO’s CarFree Challenge is a month-long competition rewarding participants for sustainable trips they take in September, according to a press release. GoNewHavengo’s core mission is promoting healthy living in the region through alternative transportation methods and reduced car use. Sustainable trips could include telecommuting, walking, biking, car/vanpooling and taking the bus or train. The challenge encourages people to use these sustainable methods to “think outside the car.”

“Together, we can bring together organizations and individuals to support active and alternative transportation, leverage institutional relationships with employees to promote alternative transit use, and help create a healthier, more sustainable region,” the release said.

The three “Mobility Champions” are employers that have launched efforts to encourage healthier and more environmentally-friendly methods for getting to work. They include Southern Connecticut State University, Chabaso Breads and the Community Mental Health Center.

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Five prizes are handed out to individuals who take the most sustainable trips in September, while there are three different classes for employers based on the number of employees. GoNewHavenGo uses CTrides Commuter Rewards to track trips and measure other related information such as the amount of carbon dioxide emissions avoided, according to their website. Points are accrued and can be redeemed for discounts and coupons.

Throughout the rest of the year, additional resources are available online, and the organization encourages people to attend outreach and education events and involvement in transportation projects.

The release said following the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord, it’s now more important for city residents to think about how their choices impact the environment and shift behavior.

“Not only will New Haven residents be helping our environment, but they will be saving money, too,” the release said.