With the rise of temperatures in spring and summer months comes the rise of ozone levels, which can lead to air pollution. To improve air quality and reduce the carbon footprint of the Charlotte region, Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) challenges residents during the month of April to participate in the Way2Go CLT Earth Day Challenge.
It’s really simple. Way2Go CLT allows users to earn rewards by logging their commutes through an online dashboard when they ride public transit, bike, walk, carpool, vanpool and/or telecommute. Commuters also can participate on their smartphones using the Commute Tracker by RideAmigos app, available at the Google Play
app stores. At the end of the challenge, prizes will be issued.
To be eligible for prizes, citizens must register at Way2Go CLT.com
, form a team, and log their commutes for work, school or play. The challenge closes on April 30. For more information about Way2Go CLT visit ridetransit.org
or call Customer Service at 704-336-RIDE (7433).
Now, about halfway through the challenge, Charlotte area residents have logged more than 1,000 trips and more than 13,000 miles, which reduced 3.5 tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
Every commute logged is one step closer to preventing ozone action days, a designation by state officials when the level of air pollution runs the risk of causing health problems among some groups. Way2Go CLT participants reduce single passenger vehicle miles on area roads and volatile organic compound pollution, which is a key ingredient in ozone pollution. Minimizing vehicle emissions is one of the most powerful and easiest steps to help the region’s sustainability and environment.
So, take the next step, sign up for the Way2Go Earth Day Challenge and commit to a healthier environment today.