Antioch Commuter Transportation

A Successful First Year for ACT!

Antioch Commuter Transportation

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The initial ACT outreach efforts resulted in enrolling 392 individuals through the registration survey, representing 37% of the entire AUNE community – 30% of all students, 89% of all full-time faculty, 41% of all part-time faculty, 65% of all full-time administrators/staff, and 100% of all part-time staff. Registration data indicated that 71% of AUNE students and employees typically get to and from campus by driving alone. 12% try to carpool, 10% bike, and 7% walk whenever possible. During the subsequent 7 months of the project, 104 unique registrants submitted at least one monthly ACT Commuter Log, representing 10% of the entire AUNE community, exceeding our goal of 5% participation! By utilizing the data collected during the registration process, we were able to document 11,695 lbs (5.8 tons) of avoided carbon dioxide emissions. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, this is the equivalent of CO2 that would be sequestered by growing 135 tree seedlings for 10 years, or the amount of CO2 that would be sequestered during one year by an acre of pine or fir forest. Thanks to everyone who helped make the first year of ACT a success!

Carpool Challenge Week!

March 7-13, 2011, is Carpool Challenge Week here at AUNE. Each day that you commute to campus this week by carpooling, biking, walking, or running (instead of driving alone) makes you eligible for great prizes. But there is a hitch! You need to record your commuting activities by filling out a log each day of the week. The more times you fill out an alternative commuting ACT Log, the more chances you have to win! Below are the links for each day’s commuting log. All logs must be filled out by midnight on Monday, March 14 for you to be entered into the drawings. Winners will be announced later that week.

Monday, March 7 — http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ACTMonLog
Tuesday, March 8 — http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ACTTuesLog
Wednesday, March 9 — http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ACTWedLog
Thursday, March 10 — http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ACTThursLog
Friday, March 11 — http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ACTFriLog
Saturday, March 12 — http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ACTSatLog
Sunday, March 13 — http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ACTSunLog

And here are the prizes:

$25 gift card to the Toadstool Bookshop (Colony Mill Marketplace)
$25 gift certificate to Prime Roast (16 Main Street)
$25 in gift cards to the Bookstore (may be used to purchase books from online store)
$25 gift certificate to Brewbakers Café (97 Main Street)
$25 gift card to Sears (480 West Street)
$25 gift card to L. L. Bean (for online shopping)
$25 gift card to Bed Bath & Beyond (32 Ash Brook Road)
$25 gift card to Staples (63 Key Road)

What is ACT?

Carbon Emmissions Pie Chart, click for larger image

Antioch Commuter Transportation is a new initiative of the Sustainability and Social Justice Committee at Antioch University New England (AUNE). AUNE has committed to reaching carbon neutrality (zero emissions of carbon dioxide or CO2 from campus operations) by the year 2020. One of the biggest challenges in reaching this goal will be to substantially reduce the amount of CO2 that comes from students and employees commuting to and from campus for work and classes. The pie chart to the right summarizes the challenge. Just the student and employee commuting pieces add up to 73% of the total pie. Hence the need to ACT now!

What do you want ME to do?

We want EVERYONE to register with ACT! Registering means you will be eligible for fantastic prizes (see below), and if you end up eventually carpooling, biking, walking, or using public transit to get to campus (instead of driving alone), you’ll be eligible for even better prizes! Registering is easy — you take a simple survey that will tell us a bit about you, like how often you come to campus, from where, and how you usually get here. The web address of the registration survey (through Survey Monkey) is…

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ACTRegistrationSurvey