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Apr 27: Green Streets Initiative: Walk/Ride Day Corporate Challenge

An update on the Green Streets Initiative:
It’s about that time: Next Friday is April’s Walk/Ride Day!

The Green Streets Initiative’s Corporate Challenge is a competition among Boston area employers to see which workplace has the highest percentage of staff going car-free or car-light on Walk/Ride Days. And Tufts University is competing. Simply check in HERE daily to help Tufts win!

It won’t be hard for Tufts to have a good showing. If you haven’t done so already, simply start telling your colleagues about it. Your organization will at least be in the running and have a baseline to compare participation in future months.

Please feel free to contact us for inspiration, ideas and support in getting your organization on board. We are also happy to analyze your organizations check-in data with you.

With best regards,
The Green Streets Initiative Team

Feel free to contact any of us at walkridedays@gmail.com.

May 1 deadline: Climate Counts i2 Challenge Competition

Pop Quiz: What do the following companies all have in common?

*   Amtrak
*   Annie’s Homegrown
*   Ben & Jerry’s
*   ClifBar
*   Kohl’s
*   Levi’s
*   REI
*   Shaklee
*   Timberland

Answer:  These companies are all members of the Climate Counts Industry Innovators (i2) program.   i2 companies support Climate Counts mission of educating consumers while holding themselves to the highest standard of climate leadership.

As a way of saying thanks to these companies, the winner of our Climate Counts i2 Challenge will win a $50 gift card to the i2 company of their choice.

How do you win?
Simple: email us a picture of a time you supported an i2 company.  It could be a photo of you atop a mountain decked out in REI gear, a shot of your friends boarding the Amtrak to see the cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C., or perhaps your neighbors enjoying a refreshing cone of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream.  The person with the coolest picture (as judged by your peers) wins!

You can send pictures with a brief explanation to us at  info@climatecounts.org with “Climate Counts i2 Challenge” in the subject line.  All photos will be compiled and added to our  Facebook page and  blog, with judging to be completed by May 7, 2012.

Deadline for submissions is Tuesday May 1, 2012.

The winner will received one $50 gift card to the i2 company of choice.   If you’re one of the top 5 pictures we pick, we’ll send you a FREE Climate Counts t-shirt to show our appreciation!

Mar 30: Walk/Ride Day Corporate Challenge!

The Green Streets Initiative is thrilled to announce the launch of its inaugural Walk/Ride Day Corporate Challenge!

Kicking off March 30, the Walk/Ride Day Corporate Challenge is a competition among Boston area employers to encourage alternative commuting habits just one day a month, over the course of seven months. The Challenge aligns with Green Streets’ signature Walk/Ride Days when, on the last Friday of every month, individuals can check in at http://greenstreets.mapc.org to indicate they have used active, sustainable transportation and receive special incentives.

Each month, gogreenstreets.org will display a leader board of companies ranked according to the employer’s percentage of participation. We’ll also raffle off a fabulous prize among participants of each month’s leading company, including gift cards to area restaurants and more. Upon the Challenge’s conclusion in September, the company with the highest cumulative percentage of participation will be named the Walk/Ride Day Corporate Challenge and be honored with a special celebration.

Employers ready to sign up now can do so at http://gogreenstreets.org/sign-walkride-day-corporate-challenge.

The Green Streets Initiative also has a number of sponsorships available, including the Walk/Ride Day Corporate Challenge Naming Title Sponsorship. As the Naming Title Sponsor, your company’s name will appear on all materials related to the Challenge, from bus signs and brochures, to t-shirts, cups and bike vests.

For more information, see GSI’s website.

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