Clean Air Commuters take a swipe at smog

York University Transportation Services teamed up with Smart Commute – North Toronto, Vaughan last month to promote Pollution Probe’s Clean Air Commute campaign and the results are in. York University Clean Air Commuters prevented 8,157,569 grams or just over eight tonnes of pollutants from entering the atmosphere.

In all, 237 York students, staff and faculty took part to make sure the week was a hit. Anita Milne, circulation coordinator in Glendon’s Leslie Frost Library, was this year’s winner of the Raleigh bicycle.

Participants got involved by trying an alternative method of commuting to campus for one week, June 14 to 18. People walked, biked, took transit, carpooled or tuned up their vehicles.

At York, the number of people participating in this year’s Clean Air Commute was significantly more than the 130 people who took part in the 2009 challenge. All together, Clean Air Commuters in the Greater Toronto Area prevented 539.37 tonnes of pollutants from entering the atmosphere.

For more information about this event and others like it, visit the Smart Commute – North Toronto, Vaughan Web site.