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5 Million Mile Rideshare Challenge

Organization(s) Connecticut Dept. of Environmental Protection
Project Description In April 2007, Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell kicked off the Tri-State 5,000,000 Mile Rideshare Challenge - an event that challenged companies and commuters to carpool and reduce 5,000,000 miles of driving in Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey.

The Tri-State Challenge took place from April 1, 2007 to April 30, 2008. Connecticut commuters reduced their driving by 3.4 million miles, which is equal to having every major road and highway throughout the state being completely empty of cars for 1 hour, preventing about 1,500 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. Commuters saved 153,000 gallons of gas, the equivalent of 17 tanker trucks worth over $600,000.

Area employers actively supported the challenge by "racing" against each other and promoting the event to their employees. In July 2008, Governor Rell presented awards to approximately 20 participating companies and agencies for their high achievement. The CT DEP received an award for having a high participation rate.

Over 30 local and national sponsors supported the events and provided $118,500 in rewards and prizes to participating commuters. NuRide, an online carpooling and ridesharing site, was utilized for the Tri-State Challenge.

More Info www.nuride.com
 
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Newsletter Northeast Assistance & Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 18 No. 2, Fall 2008 [PDF]

 

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