Clean Commute Week will match carpoolers

Commuters to Georgia Health Sciences University & Health System often travel next to each other on River Watch Parkway and other major thoroughfares – and don’t even know it. They use twice as much gas and release twice as many pollutants into the air than if they were traveling together.

“That’s something that we can fix during Clean Commute Week,” said Lora Walczak, Senior Cytogenetics Technologist and member of the Georgia Health Sciences Green Team. “We can match commuters who travel the same routes and work the  same hours.”

The Green Team works to develop and promote sustainability programs for the enterprise. The members will work Oct. 24-28 to match commuters with carpools and alternate transportation during a series of lunch and learns to encourage Georgia Health Sciences employees to reduce the cost and impact of their travel.

The committee recently partnered with the Clean Air Campaign, a nonprofit that works to improve air quality and reduce traffic congestion. The campaign will help Green Team members organize car pools, bicycle commuting, electric vehicle commuting and teleworking for members of the enterprise

“We hope to get people educated so that they can feel empowered to use these methods,” Walczak said.

For more information, visit georgiahealth.edu/green/clean-commute.

Clean Commute Week

The Green Team will host a series of educational noon lectures Oct. 24-28. Employees are encouraged to bring lunch. A door prize drawing will follow each session.

• Carpooling – Oct. 24, noon, Lee Auditorium
• Bicycling and Safety – Oct. 25, noon, Lee Auditorium
• Alternative Fuels – Oct. 26, noon, Room 1222, Health Sciences Building
• New Members – Oct. 27, noon, Lee Auditorium. Snacks provided for the first 40 attendees.
• Bike/Carpool to Work Day – Oct. 28, noon, Room 1222, Health Sciences Building. Grand prize raffle drawing for those who participated in the week’s events. Receive an extra entry by logging a week of clean commuting at logyourcommute.com.

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