7/3/2013 1:19:27 PM

Wednesday Shout Outs, July 3, 2013 {Cycle for Change, Bike Commute Winners, Root for Trees}

It's time for our (mostly) weekly shout-outs.

On Wednesdays we feature individuals and groups who are working hard to fight climate change and save polar bears. We celebrate people determined to help change the world through their actions and can-do attitudes.

  • We start this week by celebrating the cyclists who took part in this year's Cycle for Change bike ride, a 100-mile trip organized by PBI Leadership Camp graduate Philip Fensterer of the Oregon Zoo. The event is designed to encourage green transportation alternatives and to raise awareness about the need to take action on climate change.
  • A special shout out also to bike commuters at the Milwaukee County Zoo. Under team leader Stacy Whitaker, they came in first place in the May Bike Commute Challenge, edging out teams from the Columbus Zoo, Lincoln Park Zoo, and Oregon Zoo (Metro Parks team). Together they logged over 4,600 miles of bike commuting in May 2013. That's the equivalent of a trip from coast to coast in the U.S. and halfway back! It also equates to over 4,500 pounds of CO2 saved from going into the atmosphere. The challenge was organized by Leadership Camp grad Dan Nellis.
  • And, finally, let's hear for Edmonton's Root for Trees initiative, whose goal is to double the city's tree canopy, planting 16,000 trees this year alone. Nicole Fraser, another Leadership Camp grad, is involved with that effort.

If you want to become part of the momentum for bike commuting, visit the Bike Commute Challenge website. Form a team and join our Cycle for Change league. Although the big push comes in September, you can join and start recording your bike commutes at any time!

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