How Will You Get to Work Next Week?

Have you heard? The breeze is warm, the grass is green, and the geese are honking… Someone's taken pity on Edmonton and fifth winter is…

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Have you heard? The breeze is warm, the grass is green, and the geese are honking… Someone's taken pity on Edmonton and fifth winter is finally over.

Summer is the perfect time to try out that bike to work, take in the Saskatchewan Drive views on a leisurely walk, or hop on the bus instead of driving alone. That's why we're inviting you and your office to take part in the 2019 Commuter Challenge!

Why would you join? Consider:

You probably know that your daily commute is contributing to greenhouse gas emissions, but you might not be aware of how quickly those numbers add up.

The facts are like this: For every 10 kilometres you drive, about 2.3 kg of greenhouse gases are emitted. That may not sound like much - and it really isn't. But when you commute five days a week over 52 weeks, 600 kg of greenhouse gases are emitted.

To offset these emissions, you would have to plant ten trees and let them grow for ten years.

Have you been commuting daily for a year? Five years? Thirty? Multiply that number by everyone in your workplace, and then across campus, and you'll see what we mean.

You can help keep campus green - here's how:

Register your team and leave your car at home at least once next week (June 3-7, 2019). Choose a more sustainable method of transportation instead. You'll be joining dozens of offices, labs, and work units across the university!

Sign up before June 3 to secure a space for your team in this year's contest. Who knows? You might take down the Dean of Students, our 2018 defending champions, and get some sweet bragging rights out of it, too.

And even if you don't, you'll contribute to a campus-wide effort to keep our spaces greener, safer, and more sustainable. What more could you need?

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Sam Kupczak - Communications Assistant, Facilities & Operations

As both university alumni and staff, Sam apparently can't get enough of being on campus - she is passionate about student life and is thrilled at having the chance to share this passion with students! In her spare time, you might find her listening to podcasts or poorly dancing to k-pop.