The Challenge is Underway!

This May join organizations across the state competing to log the most sustainable trips to work while earning yourself rewards and a shot at raffle prizes. It’s a great way for your organization to work towards sustainability goals and promote comradery. Use any mode of transportation other than driving alone and track it in our trip logger to participate. Telecommute (work from home), bike, walk, skateboard, scooter, carpool, vanpool, use transit, or any combination of these and much more during the month to participate in our challenge!

Challenge Details

Within the online trip logger or mobile app, log in and track a sustainable trip during May and you will be a participant of the challenge. This challenge is organization based, so make sure your commute profile has your current employer listed, and encourage your co-workers to also log their trips for an even better shot at winning!

The challenge will run from May 1st through the 31st, log any trip you make to work or home in any mode other than driving in a vehicle alone such as walking, biking, transit, carpool, telecommuting (working from home), or any combination of these options. Compressed workweeks can also be counted as you’re still reducing the number of trips driving alone to work.

Again this year, the challenge is being held in partnership with CommuteSMART Seacoast’s B2B Challenge. If you are participating in both challenges, you only need to log your trip once.

How to Join

This challenge is using our new, free, online system that we introduced for the Fall Challenge. The system is available online and for download in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. To join the Challenge, you first need to create an account. Any trips you log during the challenge period will make you eligible for our challenge awards (described below). If you are logging in from a desktop, the challenge can be found on the “Race” tab under the “Account” tab. If you are logging in from the mobile app, you can find the special event under the more tab. The leaderboard will appear once the challenge starts on May 1st!

Challenge Awards and Incentives

Organization of different size categories with the highest number of reduced car trips will be recognized at the end of the challenge!

  • Organization Size Categories:
    • Small (2-9 employees)
    • Medium (10-24 employees)
    • Large (25-99 employees)
    • X-Large (100-499 employees)
    • XX-Large (500+ employees)

In addition, the following incentives will be awarded:

  • Raffle Prizes: Throughout the challenge, competing individuals will be chosen at random to win gift cards from a wide selection of brands. To be eligible, make sure you are logged into your account, have logged trips during the month of May, and your organization information is up to date within your profile. Winners will be notified via email from admin@commutesmartnh.org
    • Winners will be chosen at random
    • Two $20 gift card drawings will happen every Friday of the challenge: May 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th
    • A final drawing will occur on the last day of the challenge: May 31st
  • Social Media Buzz Prize: Another gift card will be awarded at the end of the challenge to the individual with the most social media buzz! Share a post with us about your sustainable commute to earn buzz points. Be sure to tag us and include #SmartCommuteTheRoute so we can find your posts. Sites include @commutesmartnewhampshire on instagram, CommuteSmart NH on Facebook, and @CommuteSmart_NH on Twitter.
    • Enter throughout the challenge as many times as you’d like
    • The winner will receive a $20 gift card and will be chosen after the challenge has ended and all the points are tallied
    • One point for each original post or email entry
    • Three points for each original video post or email entry
    • One point for each social media platform used
    • If you do not have a platform to post on, emailing us at admin@commutesmartnh.org a photo/video you are willing for us to post counts the same as an entry

Challenge Resources

#SmartCommuteTheRoute
May 1-31, 2021

Thank you to all teams who participated!
Together we saved 219,472 miles, 201,809 lbs of C02, and $125,099!
The challenge included 41 teams, 578 participants, and logged 7,049 trips!

Congrats to our winning teams!

Most Sustainable Trips (Micro): Central New Hampshire Regional Planning Commission
Most Sustainable Trips (Small): Strafford Regional Planning Commission
Most Sustainable Trips (Medium): UNH – Library
Most Sustainable Trips (Large): IAPP
Most Sustainable Trips (Major): Portsmouth Middle School
Most Social Media Buzz: UNH – Library

Participating Teams:

B2W Software
BM-CAP, Inc.
Central New Hampshire Regional Planning Commission
City of Concord
Flatbread
Gundalow Company
Harbour Light Strategic Marketing
Heinemann Publishing
HubSpot
Hypertherm
IAPP
Leadership Greater Manchester Class of 2021
Let’s Book (Dover Library)
Lonza
LTC Partners
McLane Middleton – Manchester
McLane Middleton – Newington
Monadnock Food Co-op
Nashua Regional Planning Commission
NEMO Equipment
Next Charter School
New Hampshire Department of Transportation
Oak Point Associates
Papa Wheelies Bike Shop
Portsmouth – City Hall
Portsmouth High School
Portsmouth Middle School
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
Queen City Bike Collective
Riverside Rest Home
Rockingham Planning Commission
S&W Sports
Seacoast Science Center
Shaker Road School
Solidscape
Southern New Hampshire University
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission
UNH – Library
UNH – Department Molecular, Cellular & Biomedical Sciences
UNH – Paul College of Business & Economics

Kristin
UNH – Library
Jackson
Strafford Regional Planning Commission
Emily
IAPP
Chandra
UNH Dept. Molecular, Cellular & Biomedical Sciences
Donna
City of Concord
Stephen
Lonza
Josh
Oak Point Associates

Join other businesses and employers from across the state in participating in CommuteSmart NH’s second annual Spring Statewide Challenge! See which team will be the champions! Bike, walk, skateboard, telecommute, carpool, use transit, or any combination of these modes May 1-31, 2021! Compressed work weeks can now be logged as well! 

How To Join

To create a new team, you can register using our online registration form. If your team has already been created and you just need to join the team, you can register on the Trip Logger. If you are a member of a returning team, you can simply login to the Trip Logger using your existing username and password. Once registered, you will be able to start logging trips on May 1st. If you have any additional questions, feel free to ask us at admin@commutesmartnh.org

Challenge Details

During the entire month of May, log any trip you make to work in a manner other than driving in a vehicle alone. The challenge permits various modes including walking, biking, transit, carpool, telecommuting (working at home), or any combination of these options. New this year, the Challenge also includes those who work compressed work weeks. All trips will be logged on the Trip Logger software that is shared with CommuteSMART Seacoast and participants will be required to create their own login (Don’t worry- it’s free!)

Form a team with your co-workers and compete with other teams around the state. Depending on the size of your employer, your team may be your department, unit, division, branch or the entire company. In fact, many may find it fun to create friendly competition between other departments or branches of a company.

This challenge is being held in partnership with CommuteSMART Seacoast’s B2B Challenge. If you are participating in both challenges, you only need to log your trip once! If you are a business located in the seacoast, you can also email info@commutesmartseacoast.org. 

Challenge Awards

Most sustainable trips. For this category, an award will be given to the team (in each size category) which has logged the most sustainable trips on a per capita basis. For fairness, participating teams are grouped into five size categories based on the total number of employees:

  • Micro (2-9 employees)
  • Small (10-24 employees)
  • Medium (25-99 employees)
  • Large (100-499 employees)
  • Major (500+ employees)

Most social media buzz. This award will be given to the team with the most social media buzz. To be eligible, each social media post must include #SmartCommuteTheRoute and the team name. Points will be awarded based on the following system:

  • Three points for each original post, one point for retweet or Facebook “like”; one point for Twitter “favorite” or Facebook “Comment”, one point for Instagram like or repost.
  • One point for each social media platform used.
  • One point for each unique author.
  • Five points for each video.

Other fun CSNH branded swag will be raffled off and given away throughout the Challenge! Follow CommuteSmart NH on social media to find out more!

General Challenge Resources

Team Captain Toolkit


The 2020 Spring Challenge was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

2019 winners:

Most Sustainable Trips (small employer): S&W Sports
Most Sustainable Trips (medium employer): NHDES Air Division
Most Sustainable Trips (large employer): NHDES Water Division 
Most Social Media Buzz: S&W Sports

Overall, participants logged 2,212 trips totaling 29,800 miles, and saved 23,056 pounds of pollutants and $17,235. 

 
Photos: S&W Sports and NHDES Challenge Participants 

Past Participating Teams

Biederman’s Deli & Pub
Central New Hampshire Regional Planning Commission
City of Concord – Community Development
Concord Hospital
Dover Public Library
Goodale’s Bike Shop – Nashua
Hanover Co-op Food Stores
Hypertherm
Lakes Region Planning Commission 
Mascoma Bank
McLean Communications
Monadnock Food Co-op
Nashua Regional Planning Commission
New Hampshire Department of Transportation
New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission
New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services – Air Division 
New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services – Commissioner’s Office
New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services – Waste Management 
New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services – Water Division
Rockingham Planning Commission
S&W Sports
Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission
Southwest Region Planning Commission
Strafford Regional Planning Commission
UNH Paul College
White Mountain Science, Inc. – Littleton