Who is Boston’s greenest commuting champion? Local institutions are competing in the Green Streets Initiative’s (GSI) Walk/Ride Day Corporate Challenge, a seven-month competition to encourage active, sustainable commutes.
“The great thing about Walk/Ride Days is that we set the bar very low,” said Janie Katz-Christy, GSI’s Executive Director. “It’s only one day a month and it’s multi-modal, so it’s easy for employers to encourage their staff to walk, ride a bike, carpool, or take public transportation on this basis."
Participants include: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Cambridge Health Alliance, Children's Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School and School of Public Health, Massachusetts General Hospital, Merck Boston, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, and many others.
“Many of these once-a-month changes become daily, permanent habits,” Katz-Christy continued. “We’ve already seen things change in a great way.”
Employers wishing to register for the Challenge must do so by March 28 at http://gogreenstreets.org/sign-walkride-day-corporate-challenge.
As part of Walk/Ride Day, GSI partners with area organizations to host monthly Green Drinks events in both Cambridge and Boston. This month, Green Drinks will take place on March 28 at Freshii in Boston and Area Four in Cambridge, with co-hosts Cambridge Energy Alliance, Cambridge Local First, and the Boston Society of Architects’ Committee on the Environment. To RSVP, visit marchgreendrinks.eventbrite.com or bostonmarchgreendrinks.eventbrite.com.
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