Time: Month-long competition in October (details below)
Location: En route to your workplace!

GOMaine Commute Challenge Oct 2011The Portland Business Commute Challenge is a friendly, grassroots competition among businesses where everyone wins. At stake are goodies from local businesses, the pride of being the greenest commuter in your workplace, and everyone wins a chance to use and promote more sustainable transportation choices.

To play, businesses promote the challenge and encourage their employees to try biking, walking, carpooling or taking the bus to work in October. To be able to win, the walkers, bikers and riders then log into GO MAINE and record their participation. In the first week of November we’ll tally the results and name the winners.

Why do it:

Simply put, it’s good for everyone. Sustainable Commuting supports the Triple Bottom Line (People, Planet, Profits). When employees find more sustainable ways to get to work, they also free up more parking spaces for customers, improve their own fitness (for bicyclists and walkers), relieve traffic congestion (making it easier to support local businesses) and move Portland and themselves toward being more sustainable. Oh, and let’s not forget the fabulous prizes you might win too!! See more below.

How to do it:

The Challenge is a fun and friendly, month-long competition where employers and work-place teams join forces to turn the daily commute into a transportation adventure!

  1. Businesses and employees can go to GOMAINE.ORG to see all the free commuter options available. (GO MAINE is a non-profit commuter options program and a free service.)
  2. Then they can encourage employees to sign up at GO MAINE so they can record their commute.
  3. The participants log their daily commute for their worksite and the computer does the math.
  4. All are invited to join two Lunch and Learn sessions. One on reducing your business or your home’s carbon footprint, and another on smarter bicycling. Details are below.

The Goodies

All employee participants earn a chance to win prizes and gift certificates donated by local businesses. So far the list includes:

  • Ski tunes and Bike Tunes to AllSpeed Cyclery and Snow
  • $5 gift cards to Bard Coffee
  • $25 to Portland House of Pizza
  • $25 to Local Sprouts
  • $25 to El Rayo
  • $25 to Sebago Brew Pub
  • Free massage or acupucture session with Jade Health
  • $20 to Kamasouptra
  • Free sandwich at Katie Made
  • Coffee and Gift card to Coffee by Design
  • Free Sunrise Guide
  • Free 10 pass to Metro
  • Free Membership to Maine Bike Coalition

Prizes will be announced each Monday and posted to Facebook!  Also, please post photos, questions, and quandries to GO Maine’s Facebook Wall: http://www.facebook.com/gomaine

A special recognition certificate will be awarded to the business with the highest participation rate. They will be recognized by the Maine Businesses for Sustainability, GO MAINE and the City of Portland. Prizes will be awarded to the individual with the most trips. Prizes will also be randomly awarded to other challenge participants.

Lunch and Learn Events

Please join us for two special “Lunch and Learn” events at the Greater Portland Council of Governments.

Click here for directions. Bike parking is on site or find a carpool here.

October 6, 12-1pm

Enjoy a presentation from ReVision Energy on how you can reduce your carbon footprint by incorporating solar into your home or business. Learn about using solar in Maine’s climate, cost and ROI, the installation process and state or federal incentives. ReVision Energy, is a full service, Portland based, design/build team with over 2,500 solar energy systems installed in Maine and New Hampshire.

October 13, 12 – 1pm

Learn the easiest and safest ways to commute by bicycle or support your staff who do. This presentation features a commuter specialist from the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. Discover how to dress, be seen, use the law and optimize the hidden exercise opportunity in your commute. It also covers what an employer can do to work with existing facilities to optimize the opportunity. The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is the statewide voice of cyclists, working for better biking in Maine.

The Portland Business Commute Challenge is a collaborative effort by ReVision Energy, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, the City of Portland and GO MAINE.