The Drive Less Challenge participants and organizers gathered in Menlo Park Sunday to celebrate a collective reduction in the carbon emissions released into the atmosphere.
Nine of these eco-minded commuters shot the breeze in the about different bicycles, routes and gear while they waited to hear who won the 2012 Drive Less Challenge. 500 people took part in the challenge that encouraged travelers to take alternative modes of transportation; participants came came from 9 different cities.
In total, they embarked on 41,000 green miles, which is twice around the globe. Collectively, their efforts prevented 24,000 lbs of CO2 emission from being spewed into the atmosphere.
Winners of the 2012 Drive Less Challenge
The winners of the 2012 Drive Less Challenge were (some contestants were only known by their contest names):
Most Green Miles - Krishnapriyan from Cupertino, with 1090 green miles.
Walking - Jeanne Evilsizer of Mountain View with 28 miles
Biking - Rich Hill with 340 green miles
Small Electric Car - Ain Indermitte of Morgan Hill with 6 green miles
Bus - Guy of Morgan Hill with 348 green miles
Train - Doug Tai of Palo Alto with 600 green miles
Carpool - Krishnapriyan of Cupertino with 775 green miles
Electric Car - Doug Hahn of Los Altos with 135 green miles
Most Green Trips - Michael Kupfer of Mountain View with 80 green trips
Most Green Shopping Trips - Kimberly Beck of Los Altos with 30 green shopping trips
Greenest Travel - Lawrence of Palo Alto with no CO2
Most Improved - John McBirney of Los Altos with 100% improvement
In the "Green Kids" category:
Most Green Miles - Matthew Leong of Los Altos Hills with 447 green miles
Walking - Edna of Foster city with 24 green miles
Biking - Elizabeth Hutter of Los Altos Hills with 151 green miles
Carpool - Mitchell Kita of Los Altos Hills with 86 green miles
Most Green Trips - Sami Hoch of San Carlos with 30 green trips.
Most Green Shopping Trips - Sami Hoch of San Carlos with 3 green trips