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Commuter Challenge Follow-up

Last week we held a kick-off event and resource fair for the More for the Mission Commuter Challenge.  The event was intended to encourage MHS staff to sign up for the Commuter Challenge- a pledge to try taking the bus or train, bicycling, carpooling, walking, teleworking or vanpooling to work instead of driving alone at least once between now and June 30th.  Over 65 staff, volunteers and interns signed up for the Challenge at the event, a 20% increase in participation from last year!  Those who signed up at the event were entered to win some door prizes, including $10 Go-To passes and a laminated Twin Cities bike route map ($12 value).  All those staff who took the pledge (in person or online) will also be entered into the Commuter Challenge-sponsored prize drawing.

The event featured resources from St. Paul Smart Trips, a nonprofit organization that provides information and resources about transportation options in and around St. Paul.  Staff had a chance to ask questions about potential commuting routes and pick up helpful resources such as transit, skyway and bike path maps.  Shengyin also had a table with updates about the More for the Mission campaign, which is on track to reduce the MN Historical Society's greenhouse gas emissions by 1.9 million kg.  That is equivalent to removing the annual emissions from 380 cars and saves the organization a five year total of $1.7 million.  

The More for the Mission campaign will be planning a series of events and projects throughout the Commuter Challenge to provide resources and support for MHS staff to try out sustainable transportation options.  We've collected zip codes from over 60 staff, to get a sample of where people are commuting from.  This baseline data helps us to measure the transportation footprint of staff and gauge the potential for carpooling or other transit options.  We also launched a Commuter Survey to gather more detailed information on staff commuting habits and target appropriate sustainable transportation resources for staff.  There are more prizes available for those who take the survey and the staff member who reports the largest environmental offset in their commuting.  Complete the survey by 5 p.m.. on Friday, May 10th to be eligible to win!

Based on the information gathered from the survey, we plan to put together some events in the coming months related to the Commuter Challenge.  This may include things like a carpooling brown bag lunch, a Nice Ride bike ride, and a Bike Walk Week event.  Stay tuned for more information about those events, and feel free to send along any ideas you have for additional activities!

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