Get ready to go, Yale, go!

August 11, 2017

Are you registered for the 2017 goNewHavengo CarFree Challenge? This annual month-long competition in September rewards participants and organizations for using sustainable transportation - telecommuting, walking, biking, car/vanpooling, and taking the bus or train. By using CTrides Commuter Rewards (NuRide) to track your commuting trips, you will be eligible to win prizes as well as earn points towards rewards and discounts at local and online shops and restaurants (which you can do year-round!).

GoNewHavengo is a coalition of local and state partners that brings together organizations and individuals to increase the use of mass and active transportation options. The mission of the group is to promote health and well-being across the region by advancing safe, cost effective, and convenient transportation for getting into and around New Haven.

In 2016, for the second year in a row, Yale University won the goNewHavengo CarFree Challenge prize for the most greenhouse gas emissions avoided by a large business. Over one hundred Yale community members - mostly employees and some students - participated in the campaign, avoiding a total of 51.41 tons of carbon dioxide emissions that would have otherwise come from driving single-occupancy vehicles. That’s over 102,000 pounds – the equivalent carbon emissions of providing electricity to nearly seven homes for one year or driving 111,776 passenger vehicle miles. This is over 20% more emissions avoided by Yale affiliates than last year, when participants avoided a total of 42.33 tons of carbon dioxide. Let’s win again this year and try to beat this record!

Partnerships like goNewHavengo and initiatives like the CarFree Challenge will continue to play an important role in Yale’s efforts to achieve its goal of increasing sustainable commuting by 10% by 2025, as set out in the new Yale Sustainability Plan 2025. In addition to the September CarFree Challenge, goNewHavengo provides resources on sustainable transportation for employers and individuals year-round. Learn more.

- Brianne Mullen, Office of Sustainability