Congratulations, Green Commute Challenge participants!

The MARC RideshareKC and Air Quality programs announced the 2021 winners of the Green Commute Challenge during an award show broadcast last month.

The first-place team championship was presented to the city of Kansas City, Missouri. Second place went to the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Third place went to UMB.

Daniel Raetzel, with UMB, was announced as the grand prize winner. He received the signature train trip to Hermann, Missouri, including two round-trip Amtrak tickets, a two-night stay at a bed and breakfast, trolly passes and more. The top individual commuter award went to Abby M., with the city of Kansas City, Missouri. Abby is an avid cyclist and logged 1,656 miles. She received a weekend getaway at The Elms Hotel & Spa in Excelsior Springs. The second-place commuter award went to Patrick Y., with the city of Kansas City, Missouri. He received a staycation in Kansas City, including a night at No Vacancy in the Crossroads and dinner.

The Green Commute Challenge is a regional competition to encourage the use of alternatives to driving alone, such as carpooling, riding the bus, bicycling, walking and telecommuting. Participants join a team of coworkers and earn points every time they log an alternative commute.

A total of 260 participants across 22 teams joined the 2021 Green Commute Challenge. From Sept. 20 through Oct. 31, participants traveled 34,741 miles, saved 1,514 gallons of gas, prevented 51,266 pounds of greenhouse emissions, and saved $6,246 in commute costs.

“The Green Commute Challenge demonstrates that every trip really does count,” said Natalie Phillips, RideshareKC and MARC employer outreach coordinator. “Every year, our green commuters carpool, take transit, bike, walk or telework toward a big impact on our community.”

MARC and RideshareKC thank this year’s sponsors of the Green Commute Challenge: Bird and Spin, and partners Soap Refill Station, Museum at Prairiefire, Midwest Cyclery, Charlie Hustle, Sequence, ROKC, Messenger Coffee Co., Zarda Hickory Pit Bar-B-Q, Waldo Pizza, Carolyn’s Pumpkin Patch and The National WWI Museum and Memorial.