Healthy body, healthy earth: More Canadians expected to prove their commitment to the environment June 1-7 by competing in the National Commuter Challenge



    18th annual National Commuter Challenge to bring out more than 39,000
    Canadians in 170 communities and 1,700 workplaces

    CALGARY, May 27 /CNW/ - From Victoria, B.C., to Corner Brook,
Newfoundland, thousands of Canadians and companies from coast-to-coast will be
leaving their cars at home for a week this June as the 18th annual National
Commuter Challenge kicks off with more Canadians and companies expected to
participate than ever before.
    The National Commuter Challenge is a friendly workplace competition to
promote environmentally sustainable and active means of transportation such as
walking, jogging, biking, in line skating, transit, carpooling and
telecommuting.
    Nationally, the 2007 Commuter Challenge saw participation from almost
39,000 Canadians in more than 170 communities and 1,700 workplaces. With the
explosion of interest in environmental sustainability and reducing greenhouse
gas emissions, this year's competition is set to be its strongest in 18 years.
    "During the Challenge, corporations across the country will vie for the
distinction of having the most sustainable commuter population while
supporting their employees' healthier choices," says Kathryn Winkler, Chair of
the National Commuter Challenge and Founder and Executive Director of
Sustainable Alberta Association. "We challenge all Canadians to change their
commuting patterns during the National Commuter Challenge, making a collective
effort to invest in healthier people and a healthier earth."
    The 2008 National Commuter Challenge takes place during Environment Week,
June 1-7, 2008, in cities across Canada including Vancouver, Edmonton,
Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax.
    Communities and companies with the highest participation rates in the
National Commuter Challenge win recognition in various categories. Last year,
Calgary won in the category of 'Cities with a Population Over One Million,'
while Mountain Equipment Co-op won in the 'National Workplace' category in
2007. Individuals can win prizes donated by many sponsors.
    This year, TELUS, a proud sponsor of the National Commuter Challenge, is
competing in the National Workplace category. TELUS team members are being
encouraged to participate and the company is inviting its customers, partners,
suppliers, colleagues, families and friends to participate as well.
    "As part of our commitment to 'give where we live,' TELUS is helping
individuals and corporations reduce their impact on the environment by
encouraging the movement of ideas and information, instead of people and
vehicles," says Josh Blair, Executive Vice-President, Human Resources, TELUS.
"The Commuter Challenge throws a spotlight on the kinds of individual and
environmental benefits that can be obtained by making small changes to our
lifestyles, demonstrating how significant and meaningful change can be
accomplished through individual effort."
    By registering for the Commuter Challenge at www.commuterchallenge.ca,
workplaces, communities and individual Canadians are able to see tangible
results of their healthier commutes directly. Each participant receives a
"triple bottom line" report at the end of the event, which shows precisely how
many kilograms of greenhouse gas emissions they've avoided by leaving their
cars at home, as well as the time and money saved. The site also tracks
participation rates of workplaces and communities across the country.
    A launch breakfast at the ConocoPhillips building in Calgary on May 30
will kick off the 18th annual Canadian Commuter Challenge. The breakfast is
made possible due to sponsorship from ConocoPhillips Canada which has some of
the highest participation rates in past Commuter Challenges, winning in their
category two years straight in Calgary.
    Calgary's Commuter Challenge launch is sponsored by ConocoPhillips Canada
on May 30. This will kick off the 18th annual Canadian Commuter Challenge.
ConocoPhillips Canada has had one of the highest participation rates in past
Commuter Challenges, winning in their category two years straight in Calgary.





For further information:

For further information: Kathryn Winkler, National Commuter
Challenge/Sustainable Alberta Association - Founder and Executive Director,
(403) 294-0904, info@sustainable.ab.ca; Elysse Knight, National Commuter
Challenge/Sustainable Alberta Association - Public Relations, (403) 294-0904,
info@sustainable.ab.ca; Allison Vale, TELUS Media Relations, (416) 629-6425,
Allison.Vale@telus.com

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