CARbon-Free Challenge

Formerly known as the Commuter Challenge, the challenge encourages the use of alternative forms of transportation.

Transportation remains one of the largest sectors of emissions across Routt County and greater Colorado. Not only do the emissions contribute significantly to climate change but transportation pollutants can also have adverse impacts on human health, such as asthma, reduced lung capacity, and respiratory illness.

Every year, YVSC holds the CARbon-Free Challenge (formerly known as the Commuter Challenge) to encourage the use of alternative forms of transportation, like biking, walking, or even roller blading, in order to reduce emissions. Participants log their miles travelled using alternative forms of transportation as solo riders, families, or adult teams for the chance to win prizes provided by local businesses.

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Gallons of gas avoided

2021 Event

In 2021, we had our best year yet! Our 175 participants travelled 11,812 miles from June 1-30, all while using alternative transportation. Their hard work helped save approximately 474 gallons of gas, which is equivalent to avoiding 4.6 tons of CO2 emissions. That’s two times as much gas saved and emissions avoided as in 2020!

2020 Event

In 2020, our 96 participants travelled 5,197 miles from July 6 – August 6, all while using alternative transportation. Their hard work helped save approximately 210 gallons of gas, which is equivalent to avoiding 2.1 tons of CO2 emissions.

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