Austin Employees Avert 1,025 pounds of CO2 During Alternative Transportation Month

Today's post is a guest post from Christina Song, HomeAway's front desk coordinator. 

Hi everyone! Christina here - you may remember me from an earlier post about my adventures in and out of HomeAway’s global headquarters in Austin, Texas. Being a Project Coordinator at HomeAway means I get to see a lot of the excitement around the office: visitors and friends stopping by the front desk, meetups in the Birdhouse, and our fabulous rooftop happy hours. But sometimes the fun extends to the streets - literally. Throughout May, we celebrated Alternative Transportation (AT) Month with awesome prizes, free breakfast for green commuters and informational events designed to help employees get educated about alternative commuting solutions.

We also initiated a biking challenge over the last two weeks of May leveraging the Hub, which is an innovative, app-based system that automatically tracks miles ridden, calories burned, emissions averted and trips taken.

In the end, our employees biked over 1,056 miles andburned 50,144 calories in under 2 weeks - not to mention their efforts averted 1,025 pounds of carbon dioxide!

We capped off the month with the first HomeAway Social Bike Ride. Employees from our Penn Field and Headquarters offices biked through south Austin and met at a point smack in the middle, which just happened to be a bar, of course. The group celebrated their month-long efforts with good times and a few brews!

All in all, Alternative Transportation Month was a fantastic success, encouraging tons of employees to walk, bike, bus, scooter and/or skateboard to work. Tax Accountant, Morgan Randolph, was just one of the employees who made the switch:

“I found a trail that took me the whole way so I wouldn’t have to use the streets or deal with traffic! I think I’ll ride my bike to work forever if I continue to live close to work.”

However, one burning question remains... did our proximity to Austin’s most beautiful rivers and watering holes encourage anyone to swim or canoe to work?

Unfortunately that was one milestone we missed this year, but Senior Software Engineering Manager, Brent Schneeman, has made a commitment to try kayaking to work for next year’s commuting challenge. More on that as it comes!

'Til next time,

Christina