MARC’s RideshareKC and Air Quality programs held the 11th annual Green Commute Challenge from June 1 to Aug. 31. The challenge is a friendly competition for employers in the Kansas City region with the goal of taking vehicles off the road during the height of ozone season by encouraging the use of alternatives to driving alone, such as carpooling, riding the bus, bicycling, walking and telecommuting.
The 2018 Green Commute Challenge by the numbers:
- 44 employer teams
- 631 participants who took 45,471 trips
- 508,336 driving miles reduced
- $102,468 in money saved
Teams compete based on number of employees. This year’s winning teams for the each size category:
- 500+ employees — City of Kansas City, Missouri
- 250-500 employees — The University of Kansas Medical Center
- 50-249 employees — Kansas City Public Library
- Under 50 employees — Confluence
During the challenge, RideshareKC staff held daily, weekly and monthly drawings and gave away more than $3,500 worth of prizes to participants.
Thank you to all the participants, to the businesses that donated prizes and to our official sponsors: Hallmark, JE Dunn, KC Streetcar, UMB, Enterprise and Stinson Leonard Street for providing funds to purchase prizes. And a big shout out to our partners at RideKC, the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and KC Streetcar for their help in raising awareness with area businesses and providing support.