Monroe County employees participated in the fifth annual Green Commute Challenge led by the City of Key West. The challenge takes a percentage of carbon dioxide saved from the participants who walked, rode their bikes, took public transportation, or carpooled to work during the week of April 1-7 in a friendly competition between other agencies in the Keys.
As of Friday’s unofficial results, the commuters saved a total of 2,280 pounds of CO2 from going into the environment. Monroe County’s 14 participants included: Allison Rich, Alicia Betancourt, Liz Yongue, Judy Clarke, Matt Howard, Breanne Erickson, Patricia Eables, Dina Gambuzza, Janene Sclafani, Cheryl Cioffari, Rhonda Haag, Arlene Haessler, Shelly Krueger and Clint Arsenault.
“I started participating in this five years ago and didn’t think I could do it even once, since then I have done the yearly 100-mile bike rides to Key West,” said Monroe County IFAS Extension Director Alicia Betancourt, who rode her bike from Plantation Key to the Murray Nelson Government Center daily. “It really motivated me to push myself to get fit and get at least one car off the road.”
Allison Rich, Senior Library Assistant at Key West library, took public transportation or carpooled to and from work from her Big Pine Key home every day. She was the leader for Monroe County’s team for the Green Commute Challenge. “It’s a great way to catch up on my reading,” she said.
Pictured: Dina Gambuzza, Office Manager for Monroe County Land Authority, rides her bike to her Key West office during the challenge.