Workers get out of their cars for green challenge

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MORE than 500 employees at Highbury College, Portsmouth, are leaving their cars at home and opting for a greener way of getting to work this week.

The move is part of the Big Green Commuter Challenge – an annual event that encourages drivers to opt for walking, cycling, public transport or car-sharing instead of driving alone.

The college has taken part in the event for the past six years and last year it managed to clock up the most environmentally-friendly miles in the large organisation category.

It’s one of 46 workplaces across the area taking part in the event this year, which is organised jointly by Portsmouth, Havant, Gosport and Fareham councils.

Stephen Snook, co-ordinator for the college, said: ‘It’s a real challenge to get so many people to leave their cars at home, but that’s what we like about it.

‘We encourage them to use any other form of transport possible – buses, trains, or bikes – and help to reduce the city’s carbon footprint by doing so.

‘It’s also a lot of fun to see the kinds of ideas people come up with.’

The challenge runs from May 14 to 20.

For more information see thebiggreencommuter