During the month of August, 28 northeast Ohio workplaces are competing against each other to help reduce air pollution by lowering greenhouse gases produced by their employee’s commutes. The NEO Clean Air Challenge is a part of the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency’s (NOACA) Commuter’s Choice Awards.
CWRU has competed annually in the awards since 2014. In 2018, CWRU was one of two workplaces to earn the silver status. Individual employees can help CWRU gain points by participating in the NEO Clean Air Challenge and logging their commute drives, bike rides, carpools, etc. The challenge counts for 30% of the university’s overall score in the awards, so every trip counts.
Use the custom CWRU site to log in or create an account. Then, log your daily commutes (up to two trips per day), whether via car, bus, walking, carpool, bike or any other means. Even if you are driving to work by yourself, logging your commute provides the CWRU Office of Energy & Sustainability with valuable data about the university’s carbon footprint. Commutes can be retroactively logged for two weeks. The Office of Energy & Sustainability offers a tutorial on its website to help users get started.
NOACA, the City of Cleveland Office of Sustainability, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority and Laketran sponsor the Commuter Choice Awards.