For the second year in a row, Middlebury College received an honorable mention in the Way to Go! Commuter Challenge in the major business category.
Over 5% of Middlebury’s employees participated during the competition May 17-21 using alternative modes of transportation including riding the bus, biking, walking, and carpooling to get to work for at least one day during the week.
After beginning in Chittenden County seven years ago, Way to Go has expanded rapidly, spreading to new locations in Vermont each year. This year, commuters across the state saved nearly 10,000 gallons of fuel, and about 200,000 pounds of transportation pollutants (including 191,000 pounds of carbon emissions).
The first place winners in the various business categories were Burton Snowboards, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, National Bank of Middlebury, Vital Communities, Onion River Sports, and National Life Group. In addition to the business competition, community and school competitions were also part of the Way to Go! Commuter Challenge.
Way to Go! Commuter Challenge is hosted by Vermont Energy Investment Corporation. Chittenden County MPO, Earl's Cyclery & Fitness, FairPoint Communications, GoVermont, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, National Life Group, Resource Systems Group, and the Vermont Agency of Transportation all serve as Sustaining Partners, and many other local businesses and organizations also help to organize and sponsor the event. More information on the Way to Go! Commuter Challenge and commuting alternatives is available at www.waytogovt.org.