UNH Faculty and Staff Prep for Wildcat Commuter Challenge April 15 – May 10

UNH Faculty and Staff Prep for Wildcat Commuter Challenge April 15 – May 10

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

When the second annual Wildcat Commuter Challenge launches on Monday, April 15, more than 50 UNH faculty and staff will forgo to their single-rider car trips to campus in favor of a more environmentally friendly, community-building commute. And by tracking the number of commutes they take via bus or train, carpooling, biking or walking to work, those employees will spark some healthy competition between colleges and administrative areas.

Sign-ups for the commuter challenge are still open at https://www.events.unh.edu/RegistrationForm.pm?event_id=11878. The top prize for alternative commuters in each category is a catered lunch. And, new this year, scoring will be percentage-based, so participants who regularly commute to campus fewer than five days per week will have an equal chance at winning.

Commuting in single-occupancy vehicles accounts for a whopping 25 percent of UNH’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to UNH’s just-released greenhouse gas inventory (read more here: http://www.unh.edu/news/releases/2013/apr/bp09emissions.cfm).

“We'd like to see what is currently considered ‘alternative’ commuting become more of a standard for faculty and staff on campus,” says Jackie Furlone, program support assistant at the UNH Sustainability Institute, which is working with the UNH Sustainability Stewards as they coordinate the challenge. “We’ve picked a time of year when the weather is conducive to a new commute and Wildcat Transit is running on its full schedule.”

Immediately following the Wildcat Commuter Challenge, the 11th annual Seacoast Bike/Walk to Work Week gives participants an opportunity to keep the alternative commuting spirit alive with the Seacoast Commuter Challenge, pitting employers throughout the region against each other for bragging rights. Bike/Walk to Work Day culminates in free commuter breakfasts throughout the region on Friday, May 17; UNH and Durham will host a breakfast at the wildcat statue. For information, go to www.seacoastbikes.org.

For more information about the Wildcat Commuter Challenge and about the myriad of commuter resources on campus – including Wildcat Transit and Amtrak schedules, bike routes and short-term bike rentals, the guaranteed ride home program, and other FAQs --  go to http://www.sustainableunh.unh.edu/wildcat-commuter-challenge.