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Clean Air ChallengeWhat can you do to reduce CO2?

 Improved air quality is just one of many benefits that lead Massachusetts travelers to choose more sustainable transportation options every day.  The Massachusetts Clean Air Challenge will be celebrated across the state from September 17th–25th as commuters like you try something new during their everyday commutes. By switching from a single occupancy vehicle to a green mode of transportation, we can reduce the amount of vehicle emissions and help to improve the air quality in the communities in which we live and work. What can you do to reduce CO2, Bay Staters?

Take the challenge! It is free, easy, and fun. Anyone who works or lives in Massachusetts can participate in the collective effort to reduce the number of cars on the road, reduce harmful emissions, and improve our state’s air quality. We challenge you to take a greener or more sustainable trip during the week by joining a carpool or vanpool, walking, biking or by taking public transit. Even telecommuting counts!

Not sure where to start? Visit the MassRIDES website to plan your active trip. Looking to join an existing vanpool, find a carpool partner, or someone to walk or bike with? Look no farther than NuRide, the state’s ridematching and green trip rewards program. Scroll to the “Find NuRiders Who” section of the website to enter your starting and ending addresses to find NuRiders in your area.

Win prizes! Every time you log a green trip in NuRide during the Clean Air Challenge you will automatically be entered to win a $100 Amazon gift card. Each weekday during the Challenge will highlight a different transportation mode along with a theme:

  • Monday- Carry more (carpool and vanpool)
  • Tuesday- Right on track (transit)
  • Wednesday- Best foot forward (walk)
  • Thursday- Stay put (telecommute)
  • Friday- Pedal on (bike)
  • Weekend- Wildcard (any green trip counts!)

One winner for each themed day will be chosen at random. The prizes are not just for Monday-Friday workers.  Anyone who participated at any time during the Challenge week will also be entered into a raffle during the weekend of September 24th and 25th.

And remember—keep tracking your active trips all year long to earn rewards to local restaurants and online retailers through NuRide.

We encourage Challenge participants to like us on Facebook and to be active on social media by using the hashtag #MACleanAir. Anyone who posts to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram about their green trip will be entered to win other prizes as well. We’ll share our favorite pictures and tweets to help motivate other Bay Staters try a new way of traveling to work.

MassRIDES’ employers, colleges, universities, and Massachusetts cities and towns are also encouraged to take part. Contact MassRIDES for help planning your promotions and visit commute.com/cleanair for other resources.

The #MACleanAir Challenge is brought to you in partnership by MassDOT, MassRIDES, and MassCommute.

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