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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: April 27, 2012
CONTACT: Jessica Morton, DES, (603) 271-1390
Nicholas Coates (603) 226-6020
info@commutegreennh.org

Statewide Challenge Aims to Replace 4,000 Trips by Dec. 31

Concord, NH – Do you know anyone who could use an extra $12 in their pocket every day?

Just by replacing a 40-mile round trip commute with a carpool trip, New Hampshire commuters can save that much – or more depending on the car they drive. A commute by bicycling, walking, taking public transportation or telecommuting can help commuters' wallets even more.

Commute Green New Hampshire, a partnership of businesses, schools, transit agencies and regional planning commissions, is launching the 2012 Statewide Challenge to help people who live, work or commute through New Hampshire to start saving money by encouraging people to choose transportation options other than driving alone.

“Green commuting not only helps to reduce employee parking costs, but it also reduces parking congestion, which is a concern across downtown and the Millyard here in Manchester,” says Will Stewart, Vice President of Economic Development and Advocacy at the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce.

Mary Lynne Rahlson, Vice President of Merrimack County Savings Bank, adds, "It is a positive initiative related to the very necessary task of 'getting to work.' It results in benefits: saves the employee on commuting expenses; for carpoolers it promotes building relationships with coworkers; for bicyclers and walkers it's great exercise; reduces parking problems in downtown Concord and promotes cleaner air and a better environment."

Last year, 678 participants in the Statewide Challenge saved 64,731 miles in one week. This year, the Statewide Challenge will launch on May 14 and will go until December 31. The goal for this year is to replace 4,000 single occupancy vehicle trips with trips taken by carpooling, bicycling, walking, using public transportation or telecommuting.

To mark the launch of the Statewide Challenge, Commute Green New Hampshire partners will celebrate the 57th Annual National Bike to Work Day on May 18 and will support other events and promotions throughout the week. The celebrations will feature the ever-popular commuter breakfasts to reward people for carpooling, bicycling, walking and using public transportation with free food and beverages and discounts from supporting local businesses and restaurants.

There will be other events and promotions throughout the year, such as Try Transit Week, National Carpool Week, and Fossil Fuel Free Fridays among others to encourage people to try green commuting for the first time and to continue rewarding people who already started green commuting.

Individual and team registrations, a list of events and promotions, and the new Commute Green New Hampshire Trip Logger will be available to the public starting on May 7. Individual and team registrations will be open all year and the list of events and promotions will be updated throughout the year.

The new interactive Trip Logger is an exciting tool developed this year that will allow people to compete individually or on teams and see their money, CO2, mileage, and trip savings instantly and throughout the year. Just by registering and logging one commute other than driving alone, participants will earn discounts from businesses and restaurants around the state. At the end of the Statewide Challenge on December 31, top achievers in a variety of team and individual categories will be rewarded with prizes and statewide recognition.

"The Statewide Challenge is a great opportunity to promote green commuting in communities, workplaces and schools," says Nicholas Coates, Principal Planner at the Central New Hampshire Regional Planning Commission. "People can see instant results on how their actions are making a difference in bringing more money back to their communities and keeping New Hampshire's environment beautiful and clean. In these challenging times, that just makes sense."

Please visit www.commutegreennh.org to learn more how you can participate.

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