Way 2 GO MAINE: October 1-31, 2018
A Challenge event to encourage Mainers to COMMUTE green & reward those who do!
Compete with other workplaces across the state!
Way 2 GO MAINE, the Business to Business Commuter Challenge, is back. And because you asked, we are extending it for the whole month of October! Don't you want to win?
Take the Challenge and make those commutes count! It’s fun and it’s easy. Log your daily travel to work or school for October 2018 that's via carpool, bus, train, bicyle, walking or telecommuting. Then post on social media, check out how your workplace is doing on the leaderboard and beat out your competition across Maine!
It’s a great team-building, healthy, carbon footprint-reducing, money saving event for your workplace. And GO MAINE does most of the work!
Again, this year, there will be fun prizes for those participating. Plus weekly raffles this time around!
Of course, there will be the races for Most New GO MAINERS and Most Green Trips (we’re tweaking the leaderboard algorithm so our categories of small, medium and large employers are more accurate). And then there’s the fabulous Most Team Spirit Award, based on social media presence (search social media for #Way2GOMAINE and read more below to get a taste from 2017)!
For Way 2 GO MAINE to be awesome we need a few things - can you help out?
Our grand prizes will be donations in your employer’s name to a local environmental non-profit organization. Is there one that you would like to suggest to be this year’s recipient?
We are looking for different employers to host Way 2 GO MAINE on Transportation Tuesdays in October (October 2, 9, 16, 23 or 30) - like in the photo at right. Let us know if you can host!
Can you be a point person at your workplace to help forward a weekly update email during the campaign and receive goodies to hand out to your co-workers?? Learn more and sign up here!
Feel free to email Rebecca, the GO MAINE Coordinator, with questions about any the above.
While you enjoy your summer in Maine: start recruiting your fellow employees, buy that bus or rail pass, form that carpool, tune up your bike, lace up those shoes, figure out your telecommuting options and get your creative juices flowing!
The Leaderboard will be open on September 1, so check back for more info!!
Rules and Prizes
Eligibility “Way 2 GO MAINE” is open to any individual who is affiliated with a participating organization in Maine, as viewed on the leaderboard. If your organization would like to participate and is not listed, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to have it added to the list. Challenge Period “Way 2 GO MAINE” runs from October 1 to October 31 2018.
How To Participate
Simply join GO MAINE or sign in to your existing GO MAINE account online. Once signed in, go to your GO MAINE profile and make sure your organization is specified so your results are counted! Then, simply record your greener trips (on foot or by bicycle, bus, train, carpool, vanpool - or telecommuting) and view your organization’s results on the leaderboard.
Leaderboard, or “Races” Results for greener trips, new GO MAINE members, and “team spirit” are tallied up for each organization on an ongoing basis and displayed on the leaderboard. Greener trips are determined by counting the trips recorded by GO MAINERS during the period. New members are determined by counting the new GO MAINE members who signed up to join the program during the period of September 1, 2018 through October 31, 2018. “Team spirit” is determined by GO MAINE staff who review social media postings and other promotional efforts undertaken by each organization.
Winners & Prizes
At the conclusion of the event, winning workplaces will receive a framed photograph and certificate for the participating team and a donation will be given in the organization’s name to an environmental non-profit organization. Gifts are also awarded to participants throughout the challenge.
Need more details? Want GO MAINE to come to your workplace to explain more? Give us a call at (207) 482-8122 or drop us an email at email@example.com!
2017 Way 2 GO MAINE - a Great SUccess!
“Make your commutes count October 1st-21st!” was the rallying cry of the Way 2 GO MAINE Commuter Challenge last fall. Way 2 GO MAINE was a three week, build-a-new-habit campaign - Maine’s first ever business-to-business challenge put on by GO MAINE, the statewide commuter assistance program.
Way 2 GO MAINE created friendly competition between organizations across the state to see how many employees could walk, bike, take the bus or train or carpool to work. It was also a way to celebrate those activities, reward folks who are already out there doing them and inspire other Mainers to do the same!
The three week challenge engaged team champions for each employer who offered simple encouragement to their fellow employees and posted photos and videos on social media with the hashtag Way2GOMAINE.
Participating employees logged their trips, received incentives and watched their workplace zoom up the leaderboard:
Organizations competed for:
Stalwart allies like the Bicycle Coalition of Maine started signing employees up early with campaign pledge cards and posting them at the office.
We had a great time with the kick off of the campaign at local large employer UNUM on Monday the 2nd! It was inspiring to speak with staff there – some who already bike or carpool to work and others who are curious about trying the bus or other green commutes.
We designed and distributed event materials and swag and had fun seeing some folks in action when it worked to drop them off in person.
Workplaces offered their own rewards, too. For example, the City of Portland gave out gift cards to top participating employees as part of its City Fit! program. And MEMIC offered $250 to the first 10 employees who signed up for a bus pass or carpool parking in October and gave up a drive-alone parking space – and boy did employees take them up on it.
Maybe the best part was the fun and inspiration everyone shared via photos and videos. Happy commutes all around! Here’s a sampling:
And not to be missed are these fabulous videos:
Now, for the winners! All winning organizations were awarded a donation made in their name to one of three organizations of their choice that help improve air quality: American Lung Association, Arbor Day Foundation, and the Audubon Society.
We had a great time distributing awards to the winners, too!
All tolled, the final results - wow!