For the third year in a row, Yale University won the goNewHavengo CarFree Challenge prize for the most greenhouse gas emissions avoided by a large business. This annual September contest incentivizes New Haven commuters to use sustainable transportation modes including walking, biking, transit, carpooling, and telecommuting. Six-hundred and seventy-two Yale community members tracked over 19,000 sustainable trips during the month of September.
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.
At the CarFree Challenge awards ceremony held at Southern Connecticut State University on October 11, goNewHavengo awarded prizes to large, medium, and small organizations: Yale and Southern Connecticut State University, SeeClickFix and Neighborhood Housing Services, and the New Haven Leon Sister City Project and Bradley Street Bicycle Co-op, respectively. Five individual prizes were also awarded for the most sustainable trips taken in September.
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.
- By Brianne Mullen, Office of Sustainability