We would like to extend our heart-felt appreciation to Abheeru and Joan and all the wonderful folks at Just Dance for their support. For the past 19 years Just Dance has been sharing their door proceeds with local nonprofits, and in June BEST was the fortunate recipient of this generosity. BEST staff who attended the dances report that they had a marvelous time (haven’t danced so much in years…) and can’t wait for Just Dance to start up again in September after the summer hiatus!
The 2012 BEST Commuter Challenge has drawn to a close and once again it was a great success. Thank you to ICBC and the many sponsors and donors that supported the Challenge — your support helped B.C. to place third in Canada! A few important stats: In B.C., registered participants traveled 558,306 km, avoided 93,999 kg of CO2, saved 40,674 L of fuel, and burned 3,761,639 calories. The cities of Vancouver, Victoria, Surrey, Richmond, Burnaby, Maple Ridge, North Vancouver, Nelson, and Summerland placed in the top three of their size categories in all of Canada. One hundred and sixty-four unique workplaces registered this year, increasing the number of workplaces by 30 and doubling the employee base from 2011. The hard effort and consistent encouragement of workplace coordinators helped to motivate and inspire the employees to try a variety of sustainable commuting options. Special note should be made to those companies which achieved 100% employee participation: Congratulations to the Office of the Auditor General of Canada, the AME Consulting Group Ltd, Paul Sangha Landscape Architecture, Harvey McKinnon Associates, Vantage Point, Light House Sustainable Building Centre, Icebreaker Merino Clothing Inc, ECO Outdoor Sports, Mosquito Creek Marina, PHSA, Itza Ristorante & Pizzeria, Enermodal Engineering, Hawthorne Co, West Kootenay Ecosociety, Capilano University Faculty Association, Kootenay Carshare Coop and NEW Customer Service. Congratulations also to Hemmera, Davis LLP, and Mountain Equipment Co-op for placing first in their size categories. You can read more about the final results and stories by visiting our website. We hope to see you all in 2013!
The City of Vancouver is in the process of developing Transportation 2040 – a plan which will provide a vision for the next 30 years, and guide transportation decisions for how people and goods will move in and around Vancouver for the next 15 years. Central to this plan is a City where walking, cycling, and transit are attractive options for getting around. The City is looking for feedback from citizens before they finalize the plan late in 2012. Deadline for completing the online questionnaire is July 13, 2012 –to complete the questionnaire, and to read more about Transportation 2040, click here.