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City workers save a ton of greenhouse gas

Take a bow City of Victoria, you’re as green as green can be.

During the National Commuter Challenge, which ran June 2 to 6, a team of city staffers left their own cars at home and biked, walked, took transit or carpooled in to work.

As a result of these sustainable transportation choices, more than one tonne of greenhouse gases were prevented.

The City of Victoria won the Most Greenhouse Gases Avoided award for the top organization in B.C., outside of Metro Vancouver.

The city also logged the highest participation rate for an organization in Greater Victoria, representing 52 per cent of all Commuter Challenge participants in the Capital Region.  The team of 121 staff also placed second at the national level, for Canadian cities with populations under 100,000.

During the week staff logged 7,682 kilometres of travel: more than 3,000 km were made by bike, 2,300 km by transit, 500 km by foot and 1,200 km by carpooling. Together they burned 120,000 calories and saved 600 litres in fuel.

 

National Commuter Challenge Week is an annual, friendly competition between cities and workplaces to encourage Canadians to leave their cars at home.

 

 

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