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MIDDLEBURY Addison County commuters are being asked to spend the week of May 5-9 biking, walking, carpooling, telecommuting or taking the bus, to reduce air pollution from motor vehicles, save money, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming. The effort is titled the Way to Go! Commuter Challenge. Transportation accounts for 46 percent of measurable CO2 emissions for the Town of Middlebury, Laura Asermily, Middlebury Area Global Warming Action Coalition (MAGWAC) coordinator, reported. Thats why its so important to look at changing our transportation habits. While 400 international scientists went on record last year to disagree with the idea of human-induced global warming (see the Eagle, Dec. 29, 2007, page 1), for those local residents who are committed to the environmental movement, then this is the ideal Way to Go. The Way to Go! Commuter Challenge was developed in 2006 through a partnership of Chittenden County organizations. The commuter challenge week was so successful, the program went statewide last year. To assist in the countys effort to reduce CO2 emissions, residents are urged to sign up for the statewide Way To Go! Commuter Challenge at www.waytogovt.org. The challenge follows Green Up Day on the first Saturday in May. Individuals or groups such as local businesses, schools and churches can sign up to participate. You must register before May 5 to be counted. The Town of Middlebury seeks to reduce its CO2 levels by 10 percent by 2012. Addison County Transit Resources (ACTR) and the Addison County Regional Planning Commission (ACRPC) have joined forces with MAGWAC to help promote Way to Go. Students from an Environmental Economics class at Middlebury College are also working to promote the commuter challenge. ACTR will be submitting two applications this summer to expand its in-county bus routes. One application will propose expansion of the Tri-Town Route Shuttle Bus Route serving Middlebury, Vergennes, New Haven and Bristol and the second is to add service along Route 125 to the Champlain Bridge for New York commuters working in Addison County. To learn more, call 802-388-9478.

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