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DATE: September 10, 2012
CONTACT: Jessica Morton, DES, (603) 271-1390
Nicholas Coates (603) 226-6020

Fossil Fuel Free Fall Coming to NH

Concord, NH - In May, Commute Green New Hampshire launched the 2012 Statewide Challenge to help people who live, work, or commute through New Hampshire to start saving money by encouraging them to choose transportation options other than driving alone.   As the summer turns to fall, Commute Green NH is sponsoring Fossil Fuel Free Fall, designed to reinvigorate current Statewide Challenge participants and encourage new participants to join. 

During the week of September 17-21 participants are encouraged to join the national Car Free Week movement, by using any form of green commuting, including carpools, walking, biking, telecommuting, and public transit.  Massachusetts residents will be participating in their own Car Free promotion during this week, so New Hampshire residents are encouraged to give them an informal challenge and try to beat their participation levels. 

During the week of September 24-28 Commute Green NH will be sponsoring Try Transit Week, where participants are encouraged to use their local or regional transit providers for commuting and errands.  Finally, during the week of October 1-5 participants are encouraged to share a ride by taking part in the national Carpool Week movement.   In addition, Commute Green New Hampshire will support numerous local events and promotions throughout the three weeks.   Visit to find a promotion near you. 

Fossil Fuel Free Fall wraps up with a statewide celebration on Thursday October 11, from 5:30-6:15 in front of NH State House in Concord.  Bring a friend and join us for food, music, and great prizes.  We will be awarding one grand prize of an overnight getaway to Keene, including lodging, food, and theater tickets.  To be eligible to win, simply log at least one green commuting trip by October 5.  Prizes will also be awarded to the individuals who have the logged the most trips carpooling, most trips walking, most trips biking, most trips telecommuting, most trips taking transit, and the top miles overall regardless of mode.  A plaque and certificate will be awarded to the team that logs the most trips and the team that logs the most miles.  Prizes will be awarded based on log entries from May 14 through October 5. 

Participation is easy.  Simply visit to get started.  Commute Green NH’s interactive Trip Logger helps participants to see their money, CO2, mileage, and trip savings instantly. Just by registering and logging one commute other than driving alone, participants will earn discounts from businesses and restaurants around the state.  

But the savings don’t stop there.  By replacing a 40-mile round trip commute with a carpool trip, New Hampshire commuters can save $12 every day—or more—depending on the car they drive. A commute done by bicycling, walking, taking public transportation, or telecommuting can help commuters’ wallets even more. 

Last year, 678 participants in the Statewide Challenge saved 64,731 miles in one week. The goal for this year is to replace 4,000 single occupancy vehicle trips with trips taken by carpooling, bicycling, walking, public transportation, or telecommuting.

Commute Green New Hampshire is a partnership of businesses, schools, transit agencies and regional planning commissions dedicated to encouraging people to choose transportation options other than driving alone. The goal of the Statewide Challenge is to provide simple and easy ways for people to try green commuting for first time and to celebrate the efforts of people who already green commute. The Statewide Challenge is open to anyone who lives, works, or commutes through New Hampshire.

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