From June 1st to 5th, commuters from across Canada walked, carpooled, biked, and found other creative ways to switch up their commuting routines. As participants in Pollution Probe’s Healthy Commute Week, sponsored by Great-West Life, workplaces signed up to collectively reduce their number of solo car trips. By minimizing car travel, workplaces were able to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, save fuel, and get active.
The combined impacts of Healthy Commute Week were impressive: 350 employees from 45 workplaces logged a total travel distance of 53,127km. By picking alternate modes of transport, they saved 3,378 liters of fuel and avoided 6,719 kilos of CO2 emissions.
The Healthy Commute was designed to be the first initiative of Pollution Probe’s Healthy Communities Campaign, officially launching in October 2015. The campaign will be a national public outreach and engagement initiative to raise awareness and understanding of the environmental factors that can contribute to improving human health. Participating teams can develop their own activities, suited to the opportunities and needs of their communities.
By taking part in the Healthy Commute Week, participants have already made a contribution to the Healthy Communities Campaign.