Carpool scheme saves millions of pounds of CO2

By Gabrielle Gasser ASSOCIATE EDITOR

BIG SKY – A month-long carpool incentive program for commuters driving from the Gallatin Valley to Big Sky saved millions of pounds in carbon dioxide emissions in March.

The Big Sky One Less Car program, offered through local organizations such as the Big Sky Sustainability Network and GoGallatin, was a pilot effort to reduce the number of cars driving through the Gallatin Canyon daily. The program, funded by a grant from the Yellowstone Club Community Foundation, offered $15 gift cards to commuters who carpooled at least four times in March and logged their rides.

According to Lizzie Peyton, director of community engagement at SNO, the goal is to launch an ongoing year-long incentive program based on the success of the pilot project in March. SNO has applied for a grant to support the new program and will continue to work with GoGallatin to reduce single occupancy vehicles in the canyon.

“Overall, SNO and GoGallatin are delighted with the success of the Big Sky One Less Car commuter incentive program in March,” Peyton wrote in an email to EBS. “With over 70 individual commuters registered with the SNO network and 46 logging 4 trips to redeem $15 gift cards, we believe this program has vast potential for growth to reduce carbon emissions and transportation costs while developing a sense of community.

Check out the graphic below to see the program by the numbers.

GRAPHIC BY ME BROWN

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