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Go for Green

November 02, 2005 13:37 ET

Go for Green Congratulates the Resort Municipality of Whistler for their Commuter Challenge Event

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 2, 2005) - Once again, the residents of Whistler have proven their ability to commute sustainably! The 2005 Whistler Way Commuter Challenge held from September 22 to October 5 has achieved the highest percentage of participation of any community challenge to date over 9%! More than 800 residents committed to walk, cycle, in-line skate, bus, telework or carpool to and from work as a way to improve air quality and reduce the risk of climate change.

Go for Green encourages Canadians to take part in Commuter Challenge events throughout the year. Communities and workplaces can register their own events on the Commuter Challenge Web site at www.commuterchallenge.ca/english/ongoing.

About half of Canada's greenhouse gases result from motor vehicle emissions. Individuals can play a significant role in reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions by using sustainable forms of transportation. Doing so can also help them meet the Government of Canada's challenge to all Canadians to reduce their emissions by one tonne (http://www.climatechange.gc.ca/onetonne/english/).

"The Resort Municipality of Whistler sets the bar high for other Canadian communities by showing their support for sustainable transportation," said Johanne Lacombe, Executive Director of Go for Green. "The expansion of the Commuter Challenge program to support projects outside the national event in June is made possible with the support of our national partners - Teletrips, So Nice Fortified Soy Beverages and the Government of Canada's One-Tonne Challenge - for their commitment to active and sustainable transportation in Canada."

Organizational Background:

Since 1992, Go for Green has worked in close partnership with health, environment, transportation, recreation and community organizations across the country; progressive Canadian corporations; and governments at all levels. During this time, Go for Green has supported more than 3,000 initiatives to enhance personal and environmental health.

Successful national programs initiated by Go for Green include TrailsCanada, Active Transportation, Commuter Challenge, Active & Safe Routes to School, Gardening for Life, Winter Green, Ice Dreams and "Go for Green" Prescription. For more information, visit www.goforgreen.ca.

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