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DC Competition Rewards Sustainable Commuting

Lace up your sneakers and log your trip to work—even if it’s a home office—for a chance to win Nationals tickets, gift cards, and more.

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AU's fleet of buses provides sustainable travel to campus.

Walking or biking to work offers myriad rewards, from helping the environment to improving your health. 

But for the next two months, the payoff could also be literal. 

American University has joined the 2023 goDCgo Commuter Challenge, a competition that incentivizes sustainable travel. Sponsored by the DC Department of Transportation, the city-wide contest—held March 6 to May 31—will reward DC workers for logging trips by foot, bike, scooter, public transit, or carpool. Telework also counts. 

“This is an opportunity for AU to highlight our commitment to sustainable transportation services,” said Lucas Franco, the transportation demand management coordinator leading the program for AU. 

Prizes include more than $4,500 in gift cards, a staycation at the Wharf, dinner at the Hay-Adams hotel across from the White House, Washington Nationals’ tickets, and fitness memberships. Organizers will hold a raffle at the end of the contest to select winners. 

According to a September AU survey, nearly 75 percent of the university’s workforce avoid single-occupancy car travel while commuting. Only 12 percent of students drive alone to campus. 

“AU’s overall goal is to reduce the number of single-occupancy vehicles coming to campus daily,” said Josh Finver, assistant director of transportation demand management. “This challenge is a sweet spot for AU because it connects with the work of our office, the Office of Sustainability, and AhealthyU as we work towards our sustainability goals.” 

AU’s 2021 Sustainability Plan includes actions to improve grounds for pedestrians and sustainable transportation goals around carbon-free commuting options and the reduction of single-use occupancy vehicles. 

Students can compete individually, but only AU employees count towards the team competition. 

Scoot(er) over to to log trips, selecting AU as your employer.