Last Saturday, on Earth Hour, we had a lottery among the participants in our Earth Hour Challenge. As announced on facebook earlier this week the lucky winner was Maxim Nenkov. Maxim is a student, studying physics, in Gothenburg, Sweden. Maxim lives in student dorm close to city center and enjoy all aspects of student life. He also enjoy nature, photography, cars, going out on Friday night and quiet nights in his room and biking with friends at Delsjö and Botaniska when it’s warm enough.
- “I like the idea of the app and I like that Volvo supports the idea of sustainable commuting and that you can get points for that. ” says Maxim.
The prize he will get for his commuting improvements in the Earth Hour Challenge is a backpack from the Volvo Group, may be good for carrying all your physics literature…..Congrats again Maxim, hope you appreciate the prize. We will also send you a unique Commute Greener sticker, since you like to cover your bike with stickers! We will soon announce more winners, stay updated at facebook it may be you!
The Earth Hour Challenge is ongoing until April 2nd, so it’s still possible to join the challenge and have a chance to be a winner.
Download the free application from Apple Store for iPhones and Google Play for Androids or find it on facebook. On your Commute Greener profile, go to “Your challenges” in the upper right corner, click on the Earth Hour challenge and click the “Join” option. Now start commuting greener, receive points for your improvements and be a winner!
Do you know that it’s possible to join challenges in Commute Greener facebook app? A challenge is sponsored by a company or an organisation who want to reward you for your improvements to a greener everyday travelling. You get points for every improvement you make, points that you can redeem to nice prizes and offers from our sponsors. The WWF challenge is ongoing and this week we just re-started the global Volvo Group challenge and the local mat.se challenge.
Join the WWF challenge and you have the possibility to contribute to the organisations many initiative and actions against climate change. Be one of the first top ten in the Volvo Group challenge you can win prizes that make your daily commuting more comfortable. Or for you living in Gothenburg, Sweden, join the local mat.se challenge and get 100 SEK in discount when you by food from them. We will soon release new challenges, like us at Facebook and stay updated.
A modern Santa Claus does of course take an e-bike to gain green efficiency as it could be quite complicated to park reindeers in the city….
E-biking is a good way of green commuting, why not give it a try? Join the movement and you will get real life awards when you make improvements, for example; leaving your car for a day and changing to a more sustainable transportation mode. You can also join the ongoing Challenges, one global is now running by WWF and one local in Gothenburg, Sweden, by mat.se. Join and contribute to WWF’s important global mission or redeem your points to food!
You can find the “Commute Greener – smarter ways” app on facebook or on Google Play for Android devices (soon also available on AppStore, watch out…)
We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! (by the way, the app is also a perfect Christmas present to everyone you care about, and for free)
Do you care about your wallet? Do you care about your health? Do you care about the environment? Do you want to have fun with your friends and like challenges?? Then we have the solution for you! Watch this short video clip how-to Commute Greener and get going!
People use to say I am impulsive, sometimes it’s good but maybe not always…but today I took the opportunity to grab my bike when I recognize that it was such a wonderful winter day, clear, sunny, just a slight wind. I had no, absolutely no excuses to not ride my bike to work this morning! So after some struggling to find all equipment, again… also lights, since the days are getting shorter here in the north (at first I find three lights for the front and not any to the rear…. ). And I got rewarded immediately, such a great ride, wow!
And do you know more? The more I ride my bike the more turns I can do on my skis this winter, and that motivates me! And I also have a goal, in August 2013….. What motivates you? Do you have goals that motivate you to take the bike also during winter?? Get the app, make an improvement and post a comment on our Facebook page what’s motivating you and you may be the winner of a Commute Greener bicycle kit, useful during winter or just when it, dark, wet and cold…
Another posting from guest bloggers Liene Vanaga and Pavel Rodin.
Today is the World Usability Day 2012. Since 2005 the whole world celebrates the day that could not be imagined even few decades ago. Handy and easy-comprehensible technologies make human life more comfortable and increase its quality in different part of the world. And as outcome the usability increases equality in the world.The motto of the World Usability Day is “Make it easy!” And the whole idea with the new Commute Greene Facebook app was to make it more easier in everyday usage for commuters going to and from work. We believe that the idea of human progress in its core is based on improvements, achieving results and get benefits from that.
But simplification doesn’t affect the whole idea of greener way of life. Hard to believe it? Try it yourself! And it would be great if you could share your experience with us. Put out your stories on Facebook and read how other people Commute greener. It’s fun to commute greener together with your friends or some new people from your city! And dear to challenge them! And since it is the World Usability Day, please give us feedback how the usuability could be can be even better.
It is easy to Commute Greener! And even easier with Facebook app!
Yes I did it, finally I find all my stuff and now I am prepared to cycling during this autumn and maybe during winter (?!?). It’s so easy to find obstacles to not taking the bicycle when it’s getting colder, darker, wetter, windier…at least if you living in the northern part of Europe, as I do. But I know that I can really enjoy it if I am prepared, having the right clothes and equipment but every year is the same, where are all things? At least for me, things have a tendency to spread here and there…. gloves, thicker pants, reflective vest, favorite thin woolen socks, covers for my shoes, thin cap, first and second layer long sleeve shirts, wind jacket, rainwear, oh gosh…
But since I find everything I am prepared to take my bike tomorrow to work, are you? Compete, have fun and challenge me by using the new Commute Greener Facebook app. The weather conditions seem to be quite bad tomorrow, hope I find my bicycle mate and get a ride with him!
A posting from guest blogger Frances Sprei, PhD, Stanford University
I keep having my love-hate affair with public transport in the Bay area. The love part is primarily a love to public transport that doesn’t let me give up on it despite my misfortunes. And just to be fair, some misfortunes are due to my poor planning. As today when I just missed the train because I didn’t have time to buy the ticket. Had I left home 5 minutes earlier I would have been on my way to the city and not sitting in the sun writing, anyway, I finally got a Clipper* card – which you can’t buy at the Caltrain** stations (why make it simple?) but luckily Wahlgrens wasn’t too far away. So let’s see if this helps smoothen my trips from now on.
But what I really wanted to get to was how the design of different trains or vehicles and the stations contribute to the commuting experience. I realized that I have a certain aversion to the BART***, which has lead me to try to minimize the length of trip on BART, sometimes to the prize of increasing my total travel time. So what is wrong with the BART? Well, first of all I must say nothing if you are just traveling a short trip, say max 20 min. But to get, e.g., to the East Bay from Menlo Park in the Peninsula I have to be on it for over 1 hour and I just don’t like that. There are no express options, so no matter where or when you are going you are forced to all those stops. There is this on and off running and you are not sealed from it in any way. On the Caltrain you can often choose to sit up high and create your own bubble, and I love that. I love being in motion in my own world, and it’s just harder for me to get that feeling in the BART.
Then there is Millbrae station, ahhh, just the thought of it… This barren place with no esthetic charm, no place to wait in shelter, no cafe, nothing appealing. Still it’s the only connection place between the BART and Caltrain, so people really easily get stranded here. So what about engaging a designer when planning a public transport system? I believe the whole experience of commuting and going on public transport should be taken into consideration, not just time and costs, of course I acknowledge that these are important – but maybe not sufficient. The idea is to start thinking of how the experience can be made more pleasant for the customers. Other businesses think this way, why shouldn’t public transport? So starting here: What is important for you when you travel on public transport? What would enhance your experience?
* A card that you can fill up with money and that you can use on all the different systems in the Bay Area – the only way you can pay for a the whole trip simply, otherwise you have to get a new ticket each time you transfer to another operator
** Caltrain is a commuter train that runs in Silicon Valley between San Jose and San Francisco.3
*** BART – Bay Area Rapid Transfer, Something between subway and commuter train that supposedly connects the whole Bay Area.
I am happy to announce that we launched a new web version of Commmute Greener where you now can log in to Commute Greener with your Facebook account. Just click on the “Log in with Facebook” and if you already logged in to Facebook you are now also logged in to Commute Greener.
And of cource, if you are not logged in to Facebook, just type your e-mail address and Facebook password and you are in. If you not a Commute Greener user yet, just click on ”Sign up with Facebook”, follow the Facebook workflow, and voila you can now start the Baseline Wizard and get going with Commute Greener!
Once you are logged in with your Facebook account your status update in Commute Greener will now automatic be posted on your Facebook news wall. So share your achievements and motivate your friends to commute greener! You can easy deactivate your Facebook connection in Commute Greener under My Profile/Application Settings. Read more about the web browser limitations under the FAQ’s.
Spread this to your friends and family, it could not be easier! So finally on Valentine’s Day we are there: Commute Greener + Facebook = true !!
Set up a Commute Greener campaign and your employees will get a better health, save money and take care of Mother nature – that must be the best Christmas gift you can get! Or? And all this is in a fun way! Don’t hesitate to contact me for more information at CommuteGreener@volvo.com. Watch this video clip, All.I.Can compares the challenges of big mountain skiing to the challenges of global climate change.