For the second year in a row, Zoar Outdoor’s “Commuting to Work” Campaign has reached its goal of inspiring employees to commute to work using human-powered means, doubling last year’s total to reach 2000 miles. This past April, the staff of Zoar Outdoor were issued a challenge to leave their cars at home for the trip to work and power their own commute. The company offered $20 gift certificates to the West End Pub in Shelburne Falls for every 100 miles a staff member accumulated. Ten staff members achieved this goal. Zoar Outdoor also awarded three custom-designed bike shirts to employees who reached 250 miles: Amber Tulloch, Shahid Jalil, and Kevin McMillan. While most of those how participated in the challenge chose to run, walk or ride bike to work, a few used their kayaks for the daily commute. Through the collective effort of many employees, Zoar Outdoor completed their 2000-mile challenge on November 30, 2011.
According to the US Department of Energy, “The vehicles we drive release over 1.7 billion metric tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere each year—mostly in the form of carbon dioxide — contributing to global climate change.” The overall Zoar Outdoor company total of 2000 miles prevented over 2100 pounds of carbon dioxide from entering our atmosphere this year!