About the Commuter Challenge
The annual Green Streets Commuter Challenge is a fun-spirited competition among Greater Boston-area employers that brings awareness to personal transportation decisions and nudges all to make greener and/or healthier changes to their commutes once a month. Incremental changes are recognized (e.g. parking further away and walking more) and individuals who don't make a change are also rewarded.
** Please note that registration for the 2020 Challenge is on hold until further notice. Email if you would like to be contacted when the Challenge registration opens. **
How it works
Workplace participants log a commute on their chosen day during the last week of every month. The last Friday of the month is celebrated as Walk/Ride Day, a monthly day of transportation awareness. Walk/Ride Days are a recurring opportunity to think about – and often to explore – more environmentally friendly and healthy commuting options. All commuters are encouraged to log a commute. Our app tracks all modes (car, carpool, walking, cycling, mass transit). By logging a commute, participants help their workplace's leaderboard ranking and earn points to be redeemed with local merchants.
Participants see the impact of their commute on their personal health and the environment through calculations of calories burned and CO2 emissions saved. Workplaces receive information about the impact of the Challenge on commuting mode choices, calories and CO2 emissions through a summary impact report and infographic. Workplaces also have access to a private web dashboard to monitor employee engagement in the program.
Organizations pay a fee to participate to help support the costs of the program, technology, reporting, and incentives. Fees are based on the company's size and are listed on our registration form.
Registering to participate
It takes just 4 steps!
Select 1 to 2 coordinators within your organization to serve as program ambassadors
Determine your workplace's goals for the challenge with Green Streets' help (participation goal, health and wellness, parking etc.)
Additional Challenge details
Greater Boston and beyond!
All companies and organizations are welcome
From small architecture firms to municipalities, nonprofits and large biotech firms, all enjoy the camaraderie, pride and inspiration gained from participating in a Challenge that addresses sustainability, mobility and wellness goals for their workplace and our cities.
The Challenge takes place once a month, from April through October. Organizations encourage their staff to "check-in" their commutes online on the last Friday of every month, which are referred to as Walk/Ride Days.
Benefits of participating
Visibility on our leaderboard, Green Streets social media, website and PR
Ongoing coordinator support: handbook, flyers, incentives (snacks, water bottles, adult scooter), monthly newsletters, and gatherings for coordinator
One on site event: participation in your Green Day, Benefits fair, or we can collaborate on an event tailored to your office around commuting
Ice cream and fruit party for winners of the Challenge's size categories
Coordinator dashboard: private dashboard with participant information
Monthly raffles, incentives, events and our retail network: fun & relevant raffle prizes every month, a retail network of 100+ local merchants reward employees' for commuting!
Impact summary and press release to share your workplace results
An annual awards ceremony for all workplaces in March of the following year
Brochures and additional information