AMPLIFY my commitment to sustainability, and make your own.
My maximum: 125 commutes (6 months: every day)125 commutes * 33 miles = 4125 miles4125 miles ÷ 15 miles per gallon = 275 gallons of gasoline275 gallons * 20 lbs CO2 per gallon = 5500 lbs CO2=2.75 tons of CO2 conserved
My minimum: 92 commutes (6 months: 3-4 days/week)92 commutes = 2.0 tons of CO2 conserved
As many of you know, in 2013, I participated in Climate Ride NYC/DC: a five day, 300-mile charitable bicycling event that supports bike advocacy and organizations working toward a sustainable future. It was a highlight of my recent years, filled not only with nature, camaraderie, and total exhaustion, but purpose, and progress.
This sucks. Why am I waiting for a train?
I should have ridden my bike to work.
I’ve only cycled like 3 or 4 times since December.It is icy, and dangerous, but honestly, who cares. I could’ve…no…should’ve bought spikey tires. It’s not the cold–it’s the ice.
These people are awesome.How can I contribute?I could write a check…but it would be small…I could do more.I don’t have a lot of free time.Is there anything I already do that I could parlay into a contribution?Can I incentivize my existing routine, and make it more powerful?Can I convert something I do already into a contribution?Can I raise money by riding my bike to work?
Shazam! THE 2-TON COMMUTE!
We’re helping Bostonians lead healthier lives by promoting the everyday use of the bicycle for transportation. Among other things, we repair bikes, educate new riders, and organize neighborhood residents who would like to voice support for friendlier street designs, bike paths, and public spaces.
We envision a Boston that is world renowned for year round cycling, a place where people ride for fun, exercise, and transportation.
All Bostonians—men, women, children, and seniors from every neighborhood—use a network of safe and accessible bicycle routes to school, work and play each day. Children ride to school, men and women pedal by in work clothes, and seniors wheel along at a more relaxing pace on bicycle lanes, bicycle boulevards and cycle tracks. With bicycles commonplace, residents are healthier and have reduced levels of cardiovascular disease, asthma and obesity. They also have more expendable income, more free time, and greater choice in how they move about their city.
Transit is well-funded and integrated to support cyclists and pedestrians, providing an alternate means of travel during the winter. The city is greener; there is less pavement and more open space, like gardens, parks and outdoor plazas. In this city, automobiles are not the automatic choice of transportation for most people, and traffic is slower and safer and combines respectfully with all other modes of transportation.
ACE educates and inspires young people to break through the challenge of climate change.
ACE believes that achieving a safe and stable climate in our lifetime requires the ideas, action and influence of young people.
Our goal by 2020 is to educate, inspire and activate 12 million teens and young adults as part of a multigenerational force for carbon reduction and healthy communities.
The Power of Truth
We value things that can be tested, measured, verified and tracked – from climate science to intentional partnership to organizational metrics – in order to understand, achieve and improve what we can accomplish.
We believe that always focusing on what is authentic to ourselves, genuine to those we work with and accurate about the world will keep us true to our word and point us where we need to go.
The Power of Youth
We value the right of young people today to know about climate change; the science, its causes and the radically different futures that will result from the action, or inaction, we take today.
We believe that teens and young adults can handle the truth and we have a moral imperative to share the science, communicate the consequences and spark the solutions with them.
The Power of People
We value individuals and the contribution that every single person can make when they’re working toward realizing their own potential.
We believe a diverse community of individuals each realizing their own potential and seeking the best from others can unlock exponential possibilities.
The Power of Breakthroughs
We value transformations sparked by a new idea, invention, belief, relationship or action that have the possibility of changing the course of the future almost immediately.
We believe that most possible solutions to climate change have yet to gain a foothold or even be discovered, so we must stay open, innovative, and focused on collaborations that bring all serious creativity to the table.
The Power of a New Narrative
We value storytelling to shape belief, inspire action and connect us to a future in which the best of humanity’s potential is realized.
We believe that the planet, the climate movement and humanity all need a new story for the future – moving us from why we haven’t or can’t to why we must and will; from what we can expect to happen to making the unexpected happen; from how we will survive to ways we can thrive.
Become a 2-Ton Commuter!
If donating is not possible, or not enough…
- Choose from over 50 beneficiaries.
- Get donations by the day, by the mile, by the pound (or whatever.) 2-Ton Commute team-members commit to cycle commuting as many days as possible for 90 days, six months, or an entire year.