WHAT THE WAY 2 GO MAINE Breweries CHALLENGE IS
Way 2 GO MAINE Breweries runs May 1-17, 2019
and is a Brewery vs. Brewery Challenge to see how many brewery employees from breweries across the state can walk, bike, carpool or vanpool, take the bus or train, or telecommute to work
It’s a fun and cost-free event that:
- Builds staff morale & teamwork
- Improves employee health & social connection
- Engages & rewards employees for commuting another way
- Shows workplace citizenship & connection with local communities
There will be prizes and a raffle for those recording their green commutes
. And brewers will compete for the top prizes of Most Green Trips, Most New GO MAINERS, and
the highly sought–after Most Team Spirit Award
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE
- Way 2 GO MAINE Breweries is open to any individual traveling to work in Maine who is affiliated with a participating brewery, as viewed on the leaderboard. If your brewery would like to participate and is not listed, please register here. Yes, individuals can sign up as well as employers - so encourage your colleagues to participate!
- How Breweries Can Participate: Participating is easy. Sign up and designate a point person at your workplace for the Challenge here. All you need to do is:
- How Individuals Can Participate: If you work at a Maine brewery, simply sign up at www.gomaine.org and start recording your green commute (or just continue to log your daily trips if you are already a GO MAINE member). Just make sure to your GO MAINE profile and see that your workplace is specified so that your results are counted! As a GO MAINE member you can also search for carpool partners, learn about the Emergency Ride Home benefit and earn year-round GO MAINE rewards, like discounts at local businesses. Start recruiting your fellow employees (and we'd love for you to sign up a Point Person!), buy that bus pass, put together that carpool, tune up your bike, lace up those shoes and get your creative juices flowing!
WHAT DOES (AND DOES NOT) QUALIFY AS A GREENER COMMUTE FOR WAY 2 GO MAINE Breweries
- Walking, bicycling, taking the bus or train, carpooling or vanpooling and telecommuting (yes!) are the standard greener commute options.
- Driving Part Way (yes!): If a co-worker has driven part way to work and then walked/biked/bused/trained/carpooled from there, that definitely counts! They just log the non-drive-alone portion of their trip to work.
- Carpooling with Another Adult/Driver from Your Household (yes!): If someone carpooled with another adult and/or driver (e.g. a teen driver) who is also a member of their household, that also definitely counts. One less car on the road!
- Rollerblading & Skateboarding (yes!): If co-workers use an alternate commuting mode like skateboarding or rollerblading to work - they can log their commute under either walk or bike. Whichever they prefer!
- Telecommuting (yes - but check out this note): if you would normally commute to work and are able to work from home or somewhere nearby, this qualifies as telecommuting for the Challenge. If you always work from home, then you can log your greener trips out to meetings or other work events, like biking across town to a team meeting.
- Driving an Electric Vehicle (sorry, no): Electric cars sometimes come up as a question. While electric passenger vehicles do help clear the air of emissions and we definitely recommend carpooling for electric vehicle owners (a win-win!), driving alone in an electric vehicle still adds to things like traffic congestion, wear & tear on road infrastructure, the demand for more road widening/expansion, and the demand for parking (meaning: having to provide land for parking that could have other productive uses instead). So GO MAINE works overall to support a decrease in drive-alone trips in Maine, through walking, bicycling, carpooling and vanpooling, taking the bus or train, and telecommuting.
- Note about Logging Trips on Holidays: The GO MAINE trip recording system is set up not to record reoccuring trips if they fall on common U.S. holidays, with the assumption that most people will not be working those days. However, many of us do work holidays, so the system has a way to handle that. To remove a holiday or add a day off to your calendar, simply Sign In, go to Trips>Trip Calendar, select the holiday date you would like to make sure you get credit for commuting and choose Remove Holiday. So, for example, if you bike to work every Monday and have set that up as a reoccurring trip in your GO MAINE account - just go to the Trip Calendar and select a holiday (e.g., Memorial Day) and choose Remove Holiday. Similarly you can do the opposite for holidays or days off that are not on the calendar but that you have observed. Just Sign In, go to Trips>Trip Calendar, select the date you took off from your regular commute and choose: Mark as Day Off or Observe Holiday.
YOUR WORKPLACE SIZE
- The Number of People at Your Workplace: With new organizations signing up every day with GO MAINE (yay!) there is some lag time in placing workplaces in the proper size category. If you haven’t done so already, please let us know the total number of employees at your workplace via the registration form. This is important data that helps GO MAINE continue to improve the accuracy and fairness of the Most Green Trips and Most New GO MAINE Members races for the Challenge.
- Internal Workplace Teams or Different Worksite Locations - hopefully next year: we weren't able to code for different business locations for the leaderboard this time around but are hoping to accomplish this for next year!
THE LEADERBOARD, RACES & PRIZE QUESTIONS
- People can sign up and participate at any time through May 17 - so no worries if your sign-ups trickle in!
- Results for greener trips, new GO MAINE members, and "team spirit" are tallied up for each organization and updated overnight for each day of the month - and displayed on the leaderboard on the GO MAINE site (leaderboard goes live May 1).
- Greener trips are determined by counting the trips recorded by GO MAINERS during the period of May 1-17, 2019.
- New members are determined by counting the new GO MAINE members who signed up to join the program during the period of April 8, 2018 (yes, that's April 8 to help get people signed up ahead of time) through May 17, 2019. If you're worried why you're organization isn't showing up much under the New Member race on the leaderboard, it's likely because your workplace already has a lot of GO MAINE members - which is great! You'll have the advantage under the Greener Trips race - just encourage your co-workers to log those greener commutes they've make between May 1-17.
- "Team spirit" is updated weekly through GO MAINE staff's review of social media postings with #Way2GOMAINE and other promotional efforts undertaken by each organization, using a points system for number and quality of postings.
- Winners & Prizes:
- At the conclusion of the event, winning breweries for each of the Leaderboard race will receive a framed photograph and certificate for the participating team and will have a donation given in the organization's name to the Maine Environmental Education Association (MEEA) which is committed to building healthy, resilient, sustainable communities in Maine.
- Way 2 GO MAINE gifts/swag are also awarded to participants throughout the challenge. Sign up to be a Point Person at your workplace to make sure your participants receive their swag.
- Syncing with Strava: For those syncing their Strava data to track their trips: if not all commutes are showing up it may be because the start and end of your trip is fairly close to the same location (by Strava's standards, not ours!) To make sure your commutes count, you can manually start and end your commute trips in your Strava app.
- Syncing with Uber/Lyft: Maine does not currently have UberPool or Lyft Line services to enable carpooling with other Uber or Lyft riders - thus there is no option to sync with these via the GO MAINE trip logging system.
AFTER WAY 2 GO MAINE Breweries…
STILL HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT WAY 2 GO MAINE Breweries- OR WANT TO TALK THROUGH ANY POSSIBILITIES?
We love to be in touch! Please reach out to the Way 2 GO MAINE Team:
- Rebecca Grover, GO MAINE Program Coordinator - via email or phone: (207) 482-8122