For the second year in a row, Georgetown University has won the annual Metro DC Car Free Day College Campus Challenge! On Thursday, September 22, more than 800 Hoyas took the pledge to go car-free or car-lite when traveling to campus on National Car Free Day.
The College Campus Challenge is a friendly competition between universities in the metropolitan Washington region that encourages students, faculty, and staff to use alternative modes of transportation when traveling to campus. Georgetown had 834 students, faculty, and staff take the pledge, compared to 121 pledges from all other DC universities combined – making up 87 percent of total university pledges in the region!
As part of last week’s National Car Free Day, thousands of area commuters opted out of driving alone and chose the bus or train, walking, biking, car/vanpooling, or teleworking to show their support for cleaner air and less traffic congestion.
“It was easy for me to go car free on Car Free Day because I've been a bicycle commuter since 2007,” said Christopher Jewell, an employee at the Georgetown University Law Center. “When I first started working for the Law Center in 2006, I rode the Metro back and forth from my Arlington home. I decided to give bicycling a try the following year. After marriage and having kids, it's probably the best decision I've made as an adult. Bicycle commuting is stress-free, predictable, cheap and great exercise.”
Working at Georgetown, Christopher has found an easy way to fit bicycle commuting into his parenting routine. “Between 2014 and 2016, my son attended the Georgetown Law Early Learning Center (GLELC) daycare and rode in with me. My daughter began her 2-year stint at the GLELC earlier this month!”
Georgetown promotes access to multi-modal, clean transportation in support of healthy local communities and healthy lifestyles. Dependence on automobiles can lead to negative effects such as air pollution, increased greenhouse gas emissions, roadway congestion and high infrastructure costs. Alternatives modes of travel can help reduce these environmental impacts, and also promote other personal benefits like physical wellness through increased daily activity, and reduced financial costs associated with owning, parking and maintaining a private automobile.
“Winning the Car Free Day College Campus Challenge for the second year in a row exemplifies the dedication and emphasis members of the Georgetown Community place on sustainable transportation,” said Christopher Augostini, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Georgetown University. “I commend all those who took the pledge for their commitment to rethinking energy-saving futures.”
To further support sustainable transportation, Georgetown students, faculty and staff may pick up free 24-hour Capital Bikeshare passes and free DC Circulator passes at the HR/Benefits/Payroll Service Center located on the second floor of Darnall Hall (M-31) while supplies last, provided by goDCgo.
Be sure to visit Georgetown's transportation portal at transportation.georgetown.edu to learn more about convenient and sustainable transportation choices.
Thank you to all who took the pledge and continue to help make our campus sustainable!