Green Travel saves gas, environment

Sustainable Walla Walla

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Hooray! Aren't you glad the price of gas has gone up?

Did I get your attention?

At least the rising prices have made us more aware of the need to be conservative in how we travel. I imagine you no longer splurge with "jack-rabbit" starts, and you slow down a little before applying the brakes to come to a full stop. You may even stay within the speed limit when and wherever you drive.

Sustainable Walla Walla is again sponsor of Green Travel Awards for Earth Week and its encourages everyone to participate.

Earth Week is April 16-22. How you travel during the week may earn you recognition, and perhaps the trophy if you enter with a descriptive essay by April 27.

Businesses, agencies, schools, churches and organizations in the Walla Walla area that promote Green Travel for employees, students, customers and members are all eligible when they encourage (challenge) people to look for low-energy ways to get to and from work, school, worship, meetings and other tasks throughout the week of the 42nd anniversary of Earth Day.

Green Travel includes bike, bus, walk, carpool, scooters and other transportation alternatives to single occupancy vehicles. Any and all methods will help make our community and region more sustainable.

Participating organizations should describe their Green Travel programs, including: publicity, promotion, incentives, creative and/or unusual ideas and percent of participation along with the results in a letter addressed to: Sustainable Walla Walla, P.O. Box 1222, Walla Walla, 99362, by April 27.

Awards will be made in several categories, and the name of the overall winner will be engraved on the traveling grand prize trophy.

In 2010, the first year of the competition, the grand prize winner was Coffee Communications. Last year's grand prize was awarded to the Walla Walla Joint Community Development Agency.

According to Sustainable Walla Walla chair, Marti Buck, "Green commuting is a good way to conserve natural resources, reduce our carbon footprint, save money, build community, and increase mobility."

For more information on traveling green, visit sustainablewe.org or email sustainableww@charter.net.

Good luck and thanks for caring about your community and your world.

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