Commuter Challenge commences with discussion, presentation at Pilot House

Attendees to the day's events at the Pilot House discuss the future of campus transportation. (Jenna Beaver) 

Less than 24 hours after the GMU men’s soccer team traveled to College Park to battle UMD on the turf, the 2010 Commuter Challenge began on Wednesday, commencing a showdown with the same beltway rival. Activities were held in the Pilot House running from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
The event hosted by Mason faculty and staff, included representatives from the School of Public Policy, Parking Services and University Sustainability, and discussed the future of campus transportation.
The challenge, which runs through Oct. 22, will have participants log how they travelled to campus each day, said Josh Cantor, the director of Parking and Transportation for Mason.
Criteria for the challenge included the number of trips saved, the most carbon dioxide reduced and the most new Zimride users, said Cantor.
Participants are split into teams, with prizes awarded to both the individual and team that save the most trips. In addition to the contest prizes, there are other prizes which are exclusive to Mason participants, Cantor said.
Due to low attendance of the event, the coordinators of the event altered the original form and made it a round table discussion.
During the month long Commuter Challenge, students are requested to sign up as a new Zimride user on their website or on Facebook.
Attendants on Wednesday had the opportunity to win raffle prizes and were treated to refreshments and pizza for lunch.

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