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Go for Green

May 31, 2005 09:28 ET

Go for Green: Take the Commuter Challenge to Reduce Vehicle Emissions, Urges Dr. David Suzuki

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 31, 2005) - Dr. David Suzuki is asking Canadians to take action against air pollution by participating in this year's Commuter Challenge (June 5 - 11.) The David Suzuki Foundation has won the Challenge in its category ever since the inception of the competition. This year, Dr. Suzuki has given his support to this Clean Air Day initiative in a radio public service announcement airing across Canada.

The Commuter Challenge is a friendly competition between Canadian communities to encourage as many people as possible to use sustainable and active modes of transportation during Environment Week. All you have to do is make a commitment to walk, jog, cycle, in-line skate, take the bus, carpool or telework, then let us know the mode you used and the distance you traveled by visiting http://www.commuterchallenge.ca.

There are so many good reasons to get involved in the Commuter Challenge. For starters, active and sustainable transportation enhances physical, mental, and emotional health. If that is not enough, you can save tons of money! Driving 18,000 km per year costs an average of $ 9,273.55 per year or 51.5 cents per kilometre (Canadian Automobile Association 2005 national average for a 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier Z-24). We can also reduce health care costs for Canadians. It is estimated that transportation-related emissions will cost the health care system $11 billion to $38 billion between 1997 and 2020 (Transport Canada).

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. When Canadians walk, cycle, carpool or take transit, they take steps towards meeting the Government of Canada's One-Tonne Challenge. The One-Tonne Challenge asks all Canadians to reduce their annual greenhouse gas emissions by one tonne (visit http://www.climatechange.gc.ca/onetonne/english/).

Teletrips Inc. is a national sponsor of the Commuter Challenge, providing funding and support for a third year. So Nice Fortified Soy Beverage is a new national sponsor this year. We would like to thank them for their support!

Go for Green is a national non-profit, charitable organization that encourages Canadians to pursue healthy, outdoor physical activities that protect, enhance, or restore the environment. Go for Green identifies and shares community-driven solutions that make a positive contribution to Canadian society. For more information, visit http://www.goforgreen.ca.

Contact Information

  • Go for Green
    Carolyn Bourque
    Commuter Challenge Project Coordinator
    (613) 748-1800 x106