CMU Wins Second Campus Commuter Challenge
University Walks The Talk On Sustainable
When it comes to preserving the environment, staff and students at Canadian
Mennonite University (CMU) walk the talk—and ride bikes, carpool and take the
|Darren Grunau of Abbotsford, B.C., Jacqueline Neufeld of Howden,
Man., Delaney Barber of Winnipeg and Chris Huebner, Assistant Professor
of Theology and Ethics, pose with Stephanie Fulford of Resource
Conservation Manitoba during a celebration marking CMU's winning the
Manitoba Campus Commuter Challenge.
Their commitment was confirmed in September, when CMU placed first among
Manitoba universities and colleges in Resource Conservation Manitoba’s Campus
Commuter Challenge. It was the second time this year that the university placed
first in challenges aimed at encouraging sustainable commuting.
CMU’s participation rate during the September 17-21 challenge was 20.2
percent. Winnipeg’s William and Catherine Booth College, a Salvation Army
school, placed second with a rate of 15.48
CMU’s achievement was recognized by Resource Conservation Manitoba at a
celebration on October 3. “Congratulations to CMU,” said by Stephanie Fulford,
who directs the Campus Commuter Challenge. “You’re definitely showing your green
CMU’s effort was spearheaded by Sanctoral Cycle, a student-run bike co-op
that encourages students and staff to use bikes to commute to school. “We were
excited to win,” says Jacqueline Neufeld, a co-op organizer who cycles about 70
kilometres round-trip to CMU each day from her home in Howden, Man., just south
of the city.
This is the second time that CMU has won the provincial Campus Challenge. It
also won in 2005.
Other participating schools were the University of Manitoba, University of
Winnipeg, Brandon University, Red River College and Collège universitaire de
In June CMU also placed first in a national campus challenge sponsored by Go
for Green, a program that aims to increase the awareness of the benefits of
During that challenge, which occurred June 3-9 when there were no students on
campus, 34 percent of CMU employees participated by walking, cycling, taking the
bus or carpooling to work.
According to Go for Green National Program Coordinator Carolyn Bourque, CMU
“achieved the highest percentage of participation among all participating
post-secondary institutions in Canada.”
For the results of the Resource Conservation Manitoba Campus Commuter
go to their site. For results from the Go For Green National Commuter
go to Go For Green.
Posted October 5, 2007.
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