July 24, 2006

Manitobans make strong showing in 2006 Commuter Challenge

WINNIPEG, MAN-Manitobans made a strong showing in the annual national Commuter Challenge for 2006, held from June 4 to 10, during Environment Week. Energy, Science and Technology Minister Dave Chomiak reported that Manitoba government employees logged more green kilometres and saved more greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions during this year's Commuter Challenge than any other similarly-sized participating provincial organization in Canada. The city of Winnipeg finished second among all participating Canadian cities in its population category, with more than 4,000 residents participating in the event. Together, they logged over 380,000 green kilometres and prevented nearly 100 tonnes of GHG emissions. In addition, 9,500 students from over 70 schools across Manitoba participated in the event. For the seventh year Resource Conservation Manitoba organized the annual event, encouraging citizens to park their cars and find green, active and sustainable modes of transportation. Across the country, more than 38,000 Canadians from nearly 150 communities logged over 3.5 million green kilometres during this year's Commuter Challenge.

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