By Ayrel Clark-Proffitt, Sustainability Office
So you’ve signed up for the Clean Air for U Challenge—now what? One of the great things about the challenge is that it uses the online TravelWise Tracker, which will keep track of your non-single occupant vehicle trips, number of miles saved, amount of money saved, calories burned, and total CO2 reduced. Trips saved getting to the University of Utah or during your personal time count for the challenge.
To make sure you are getting the most out of your Clean Air for U experience, check out this how-to video on the TravelWise Tracker:
Want to know more about strategies to reduce your single-occupant vehicle trips? Check out the Utah Department of Transportation’s TravelWise website for more information and ideas.
How to count your trips
- Bike: If you bike to and from a location, it counts as two saved trips.
- Carpool: If you carpool to and from campus (or any location), everyone but the driver saved two trips. Use Zimride to find a carpool buddy.
- Transit: If you ride the bus, TRAX, or Frontrunner, each leg counts as one trip. Use rideuta.com to find the best route.
- Walk: If you walk to and from a location, it counts as two saved trips.
- Telework: If you work from home one day, you’ve saved two trips. If you video conference to an off-site location within Utah, you’ve saved two trips.
- Trip chaining: For every leg you eliminate, you save a trip. If you go the grocery store before driving home, you’ve saved one trip.
- Skip the trip: For every leg you eliminate, you save one trip. For example, if you bring lunch instead of driving off campus to buy food, you’ve saved two trips—one for the way there, and one for the way back.
Together, we can help clean the air! Tell your friends and if you haven’t already done so, sign up today!
Ayrel Clark-Proffitt is the campus engagement coordinator for the Sustainability Office.