UDC News

September 20, 2010


Car Free Day


Washington, DC - Wednesday, September 22 is Car Free Day in Metropolitan Washington. Join thousands of individuals across the region and members of the UDC community as we join the movement to support alternative transportation. Demonstrate your commitment to the reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help to ease traffic congestion in the region by bicycling, walking, carpooling, vanpooling or taking transit. More than 4,500 people have already taken the pledge to be car free for the day on Wednesday.

According to the Energy Information Agency, the transportation sector has produced the most carbon dioxide emissions among all US end-use sectors since 1999. Each gallon of gas used in an average passenger vehicle produces 19.4 pounds of carbon dioxide, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Every mile driven in your car adds up; transportation in the Metropolitan Washington region accounts for more than 20 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent annually, as reported by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.

As a special incentive, members of the UDC community that participate in Car Free Day can receive a 10% discount on clothing and accessories at Capitol Hill Bikes, a full-service bike shop serving Washington, DC located at 719 8th Street, S.E. Visit Capitol Hill Bikes on the web at www.capitolhillbikes.com.

To be eligible to redeem your discount at Capitol Hill Bikes, please stop by office of Josh Lasky, Sustainability Manager, located in Building 32 Room B01-22 between 9 AM and 5:30 PM on Wednesday, September 22.

For more information about Car Free Day and to take the pledge to be car free, visit www.carfreemetrodc.com.







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Contact: Alan Etter, Vice President of University Relations & Public Affairs, aetter@udc.edu, 202.345.6371