Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is Commute Green New Hampshire?

Commute Green New Hampshire is a statewide promotion. Its primary goal is to encourage individuals to use commuting options, such as carpooling, bicycling, walking, using public transportation and telecommuting.  The promotion challenges people to track their commuting activities during the week of Monday, May 16 through Friday, May 20, 2011. After the results are tallied, top achievers in a variety of categories will be recognized. 

Where do I get started?

Simply go to the Commute Green New Hampshire website at commutegreennh.org and start browsing.

How do I start participating?

People can participate as part of a team or as individuals. To register a team, each team needs to nominate a team captain. That team captain would click on “Register a Team” on the website.  Teams must be registered by May 13, 2011.  The captain can register your entire employer or school or subcategories to compete (i.e. “the 1st floor” or a particular department).

Team members should register themselves and associate themselves with a team by choosing their team from the dropdown list on the registration page.  Registering a team or associating yourself with a team is completely optional. This option is provided to give organizations interested in competing internally a way to do so. Individuals without teams can register anytime.

What do I do next?

To participate in Commute Green New Hampshire, simply make an effort to use any of the following green commuting methods during the week of May 16-20, 2011: carpooling, bicycling, walking, using public transportation and telecommuting. Any time during that week, but no later than Monday, May 23, 2011, log in to commutegreennh.org to record your activity. You will need to answer a few brief questions on the website, and list the green commuting miles you logged between May 16-20, 2011. Logging mileage will only take you a few minutes.

On June 17, 2011, results will be tallied and posted on the Commute Green New Hampshire website. Winners in a variety of categories will be announced on the Commute Green New Hampshire website, as well as at a variety of local promotions around the state.

What if I have questions or need more information?

Simply email [email protected], or call (603) 226-6020.

What modes of travel are being tracked?

The following types of green commuting modes are being tracked:
•    Carpooling
•    Bicycling (includes using a Segway)
•    Walking
•    Public Transportation (bus, shuttle bus, train, etc.)
•    Telecommuting

Does telecommuting count?

If telecommuting isn’t your normal routine, it would count. If you regularly telecommute, you cannot count this as it does not represent an alternative to your regular commute.

What if I drive a motorcycle, moped, hybrid car or electric car?

While these transportation modes are healthier for the environment than traditional gas-powered vehicles, this year’s promotion will only count the modes listed above. We are considering expanding the promotion to include more transportation modes in 2012.

Who can participate in Commute Green New Hampshire?

It is open to anyone who lives or works in New Hampshire. If you live in New Hampshire but work out of state, you can participate.

What types of trips count as commuting?

Any travel:

  • to or from your home to your place of work or to school, or
  • to accomplish tasks or errands, such as visits to the bank, shopping, doctor’s appointments, the library, etc.

How do I find out about local promotions happening around the state?

The Commute Green New Hampshire website lists all associated promotions on pages for nine regions around the state. Click on your region (listed in the "Regional Events and Info" menu in the right column of the website) to view information about events occurring in your region.

What do I get if I participate?

Aside from knowing that you did your part to reduce traffic congestion on our roads, reduce air pollution, and improve your health, you will also be rewarded with incentives like discount coupons from restaurants and shops around the state and will be eligible for giveaways in various categories.

Click Here to view the Prize List!

What is the overall purpose or goals of Commute Green New Hampshire?

The overall purpose or goals of Commute Green New Hampshire are as follows:

  • Encourage Change – A primary goal of the Commute Green New Hampshire is to encourage people who live and work in New Hampshire to find ways to use transportation options other than driving alone in your car. When you carpool, bicycle, walk, take public transportation or telecommute, you are putting less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Leaving the car at home, and choosing a more sustainable mode, such carpooling, bicycling, walking, taking public transportation, or telecommuting provides significant benefits to the environment.
  • Your Health – Bicycling and walking are great ways to get in your daily dose of exercise. Having trouble getting to the gym or spin class? Like to multi-task? Get your exercise in while you are commuting into work or running errands. It’s an efficient way to build exercise into your schedule.
  • Your Wallet – Carpooling, bicycling, walking, using public transportation and telecommuting means less single occupancy vehicle driving. This means less money from your wallet spent on gas. You should see a tangible reduction in the amount of money you spend on gas simply by green commuting one to two days a week.
  • Avoiding Parking Problems – When you carpool, bicycle, walk, use public transportation or telecommute, you no longer have to worry about parking issues. Parking situations in many New Hampshire locations, whether it is the small town that you live in, or the urban center you work in, are likely to get worse as time goes on. Switching to green commuting methods avoids this problem altogether.
  • Just For Fun – In addition to the reasons described above, you’ll find that the transportation options to work or to perform errands, can be much more fun that sitting in a car alone or in traffic.

What are the important dates to remember for the Commute Green New Hampshire? 

Suggested Timeline for Activities:
  • April 18 (4 Weeks Before)
    • Secure permission/permits for a breakfast location for any events
    • Post any events: commutegreennh.org
    • Send employees an email to introduce them to Commute Green New Hampshire and the Statewide Challenge: commutegreennh.org/event-organizer-resources
    • Add a announcement to all employee paychecks and direct them to Commute Green New Hampshire website
    • Recruit members and register your Statewide Challenge team: commutegreennh.org/register-your-team
    • Download April 18 press release from website, customize and send to media and contacts: commutegreennh.org/event-organizer-resources
    • Identify the process for any municipal or corporate proclamations or emails
    • Identify any publications with long lead times (i.e. monthly) for press releases
    • Download posters and flyers from the website www.bwanh.org
    • Arrange to reproduce Commute Green posters, flyers and possibly create a banner
    • Identify locations to hang posters, flyers and other publicity materials
    • Identify any local/regional sponsors
    • Recruit volunteers to assist with the breakfast event
  • May 2 (2 Weeks Before)
    • Sponsors are onboard
    • Work with regional contacts (see page 2) to get food purchases in order and ask for food and coffee donations for the breakfast from your company’s cafeteria, local grocery stores, local coffee and bagel places, bakeries (possibly use a couple of sources)
    • Prepare May 9 press releases and PSAs next week, commutegreennh.org/event-organizer-resource
    • Send an email to employees, or other interested parties
    • Hang flyers and posters (and banner if using one)
    • Reconfirm volunteers
  • May 9 (1 Week Before)
    • Committee members meet to discuss details of event promotion and logistics
    • Send another email to employees and other interested parties to remind them the promotion starts next week and to log their miles
    • Send May 9 press releases and PSAs: commutegreennh.org/event-organizer-resources
  • May 13: Team Region Closes
  • May 16-20: Commute Green New Hampshire and Statewide Challenge
    • People carpool, bicycle, walk and us public transportation to work and other locations
    • Events, promotions and Statewide Challenge commence and get great media coverage
    • Remind people to log their miles
  • May 23: Last Day to Log Statewide Challenge Miles (But Keep Going!)
    • All miles traveled from May 16-20 count toward Statewide Challenge and counting ends at 5 p.m.
    • Logging tool and website will remain open so teams and individuals can keep commuting green and logging their miles even after official Statewide Challenge ends
    • Send Thank You notes to all sponsors and volunteers
  • June 17: Awards, Recognition and Fossil Fuel Free Fridays
    • Drawing of giveaways and winners recognized on Commute Green New Hampshire website and regional celebrations
    • Send awards and recognition press release to media
    • Fossil Fuel Free Fridays begin (6/17, 7/15, 8/19, 9/16 and 10/21)


In addition, regions may hold ceremonies recognizing individuals and employers in their regions. The locations and times will be posted on the Commute Green New Hampshire regional web pages.

Can I continue to track my commuting activities after May 20?

Yes! Even though Commute Green New Hampshire focuses on measuring green commuting activities during the week of May 16-20, the website will continue to be open for individuals and organizations that want to continue recording their green commuting activities beyond that. We encourage organizations and individuals to continue to track their green commuting activities throughout the year.

Can I track miles from fitness or training bike rides or walks?

Miles you log while on a fitness, training, or recreational bike ride or walk cannot be counted for this promotion. However, if you use your bicycle to travel to the start of a fitness, recreational, or training ride, you can track the mileage getting to the start. Likewise, if you do organized fitness walks and use a green commuting method to get to the start, we encourage you to track the mileage that you would normally drive by car to get there.  However, the miles that you walk during the fitness walk are not eligible for tracking.

What are the categories that will be recognized at the completion of the Commute Green New Hampshire promotion?


Click Here to view the Prize List!

The Statewide Challenge will recognize winners in two organizational categories:

  • Business or Municipality – A challenge for employers and their employees to carpool, bicycle, walk or take public transportation or to telecommute.
    • The organization (includes businesses, non-profits or municipal employers) with the highest percentage of employees participating will be recognized.
    • The organization (includes businesses, non-profits or municipal employers) with the most trips reduced by employees participating will also be recognized.

  • Educational Institutions  – A challenge for schools and their students, faculty and staff to carpool, bicycle, walk or take public transportation or to telecommute.
    • The school (includes K-college) with the highest percentage of employees and participating will be recognized. 
    • The school (includes K-college) with the most trips reduced by employees and students participating will also be recognized.


The Statewide Challenge will recognize individuals in five categories:

  • Individual Recognition – Recognition for people who are outstanding achievers with their teams or who wish to complete individually.
    • The individual who reduces the most miles driven by carpooling
    • The individual who reduces the most miles driven by bicycling
    • The individual who reduces the most miles driven by walking
    • The individual who reduces the most miles driven by using public transportation
    • Individuals who participate all five days

 

How do I count my miles? 

  • For your walking, bicycling, segway, and transit trips:
    • Count the amount of miles you travel to your destination.
  • For carpooling trips:
    • Divide the total miles not driven by the number of people in the car.  For example, if you drove 20 miles to work in a car with 2 people, 20 miles were NOT driven, so you each saved 10 miles of driving. If you drove 20 miles to work in a car with 4 people, 60 miles were NOT driven, so you were each able to save 15 miles of driving.

What if I work for a municipality?

If you are employed by a municipality in any capacity, you are eligible to participate. Simply choose the name of the municipality in the Organization\Business or Municipality category from the dropdown list when registering.

What if I work for a school or attend a school?

If you are employed by a school in any capacity or attend a school, you are eligible to participate. Simply choose the name of the school in the Organization\Business or Municipality category from the dropdown list when registering. Employees and students associated with a school will be counted towards that school’s cumulative tally.

I would like to help out. How can I get involved and volunteer? 

We’d love to have you join our team, and help New Hampshire’s green commuters be successful. If you are interested, please email [email protected] or call (603) 226-6020.

Where can I get more information on walking, bike commuting, carpooling or public transportation options? 

  • General
    • Commute Green New Hampshire – commutegreennh.org
    • NH Rideshare – www.nh.gov/dot/nhrideshare
    • Upper Valley Rideshare – www.uppervalleyrideshare.com
    • Program for Alternative Transportation and Health – www.path-nh.org
    • Monadnock Transportation Management Association – www.monadnocktma.org
    • Central New Hampshire Regional Planning Commission – www.cnhrpc.org
    • Lakes  Regional Planning Commission – www.lakesrpc.org
    • Nashua Regional Planning Commission – www.nashuarpc.org
    • North Country Council Regional Planning Commission – www. nccouncil.org
    • Rockingham Planning Commission – www.rpc-nh.org
    • Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission – www.nsnhpc.org
    • Southwest Region Planning Commission – www.swrpc.org
    • Strafford Regional Planning Commission – www.strafford.org
    • Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission – www.uvlsrpc.org

 
 

  • Park & Ride Lots
    • New Hampshire – http://www.nh.gov/dot/nhrideshare/parkandride.htm
    • Vermont – http://www.aot.state.vt.us/parknride/StatewideLots.htm
    • Maine – http://www.exploremaine.org/parkandride/index.htm
    • Massachusetts – www.ctps.org/bostonmpo/7_links/1_getting_around/1_park_and_ride/park.html

 

  • Carpooling
    • NH Rideshare - www.nh.gov/dot/nhrideshare
    • Upper Valley Rideshare – www.uppervalleyrideshare.com
    • Program for Alternative Transportation and Health - www.path-nh.org/rideshare.html
    • Contoocook Valley Transportation Company – www.cvtc-nh.org

 

  • Public Transportation Options
    • NH Rideshare Transit Links – www.nh.gov/dot/nhrideshare/links.htm
    • New Hampshire Transit Association – www.nhtransit.com
    • Google Transit – www.transit.google.com

 

  • Bicycling
    • Bike-Walk Alliance of New Hampshire – www.bwanh.org
    • Central New Hampshire Bicycling Coalition – www.cnhbc.org
    • Granite State Wheelmen – www.granitestatewheelmen.org
    • Monadnock Cycling Club – www.monadnockcycling.org  
    • Seacoast Area Bicycle Routes (SABR) – http://www.seacoastbikes.org
    • Upper Valley Trails Alliance – www.uvtrails.org/trailfinder

 

  • Walking
    • Bike-Walk Alliance of New Hampshire – www.bwanh.org
    • Upper Valley Trails Alliance – www.uvtrails.org/trailfinder
    • Walking Safely – www.walkinginfo.org/why/tips_walking-safely.cfm
    • Walk NH – www.walknh.org/fhc/initiatives/walknh
    • NH Outdoors Hiking Trails – www.nhoutdoors.com/hiking_trails.htm
    • NH Walking Trails – www.traillink.com/stateactivity/nh-walking-trails.aspx


 

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