Greener Commute Program Challenges Student, Faculty and Staff to Explore Alternative Commuting
The Greener Commuting Event encourages students, faculty and staff to make a habit of alternative commuting. It is being led by the Greener Commute Program, formerly known as Commute Trip Reduction. The event runs from November 5 to November 16 and is part of Evergreen’s commitment to raise awareness about global warming and reduce the college’s carbon footprint.
Event features include the following:
- CARPOOLS PARK FREE
Carpool groups of three or more can stop by the McCann Plaza Parking Booth to receive a carpool day pass at no charge. Bring expired carpool passes to the Greener Commuting tent on Red Square to enter a prize drawing.
- RED SQUARE RIDE BOARD
Stop by our Red Square ride board to connect with Greeners who are willing to ride-share. The ride board will be available daily November 5 to November 16 on Red Square near the library building entrance.
- FREE REFLECTIVE ANKLE/ARM-BAND: RED SQUARE
The first few dozen bicyclists or walkers to stop by the Greener Commuting tent on Red Square next week can receive a free LED arm band. These armbands are a must for all bicyclists and walkers as the winter days shorten.
- BIKE HELMETS: $4 on RED SQUARE
Thanks to a grant by the Thurston County Surface Transportation Program, the Greener Commute Program will be able to offer bike helmets at a very low cost to our community. This is a great opportunity to stay safe at a low cost. Medium and large size helmets are available while they last.
- ENTER TO WIN AWESOME PRIZES
Carpoolers and commuters who take our survey can enter to win prizes from dozens of local businesses, like a $50 gift certificate to Traditions Cafe or Ice Cream from Baskin Robbins. Just bring expired carpool day-passes or fill out a survey and enter to win.
- FREE 'SHARE THE ROAD' LICENSE PLATE EMBLEM
Evergreen students are invited to pick up Share the Road license plate emblems, offered free by the Greener Commuting Program while supplies last.
Why Alternative Commuting?
Evergreen’s rural location means that students, staff, and faculty need to travel further distances to get to campus. As a result, 24 percent of all of Evergreen’s greenhouse gases are emitted by commuters. Alternative commuting is an excellent strategy to save energy and reduce climate-changing emissions.