Commute Solutions

The Commute Solutions program helps to improve air quality by informing the public about transportation choices that reduce vehicle emissions and are healthier not only for the air, but also for the pocketbook. It reaches out to schools, businesses, and other organizations to enhance clean air awareness and practices. In the past year, the program participated in 44 educational events in the region, which represented a 38 percent increase in visibility over the previous year.

Fresh Air Friday is an annual event hosted by Commute Solutions that highlights air quality issues and methods for reducing air pollution. The public is invited to walk or bike to the event, reinforcing the message that perhaps the best way to improve air quality is simply to drive less. In 2013, all 24 participating organizations united with AACOG in its air quality theme by posting a sign that cited how their organization helps to reduce air pollution.

Commute Solutions also facilitates a reduction in vehicle emissions through its sponsorship of NuRide.com. This service rewards individuals for tracking the trips they take by walking, biking, busing, carpooling, or vanpooling, along with the trips they save through telecommuting and working a compressed schedule. Through NuRide, people may also search for potential carpool partners. The number of NuRide participants in the region grew by 1,000 to over 6,950, who collectively reduced the equivalent of 20 million miles driven in single occupant vehicles.

In an effort to further raise awareness of the health risks involved, the Commute Solutions program send out Air Quality Heath Alerts when the ground level ozone, the region’s major air pollutant, is predicted to be unhealthy. Media outlets, businesses, schools, agencies and individuals receiving such alerts by email numbered 1,396 in 2013, which was up from 1,275 in 2012.

Attendees at the 2013 Fresh Air Friday event preregister for NuRide

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