Green Streets: Why do you check-in?
I started doing it because my company, Takeda, puts on a campaign each month to get people to do it. I wasn’t quite sure what the point was, since I rarely make my commute any greener on that one day a month. But it just takes a few minutes, so there is not much downside. Also, I think of it as kind of a “movement”, and maybe broadcasting that there is a core group of people trying to minimize the environmental impact of their commute will encourage the movement to grow.
After checking in for a few months, I started to get a small sense of accomplishment when I fill out the form and it tells me how much gas and C02 I saved. Also, when I saw Takeda doing well in terms of participation for its category.
This year, checking in is even more satisfying because the web page lets me put in each leg of my trip – not just the longest one.
Funny thing: Just last night, I had dinner with my son, who currently lives in Somerville and is a committed bike and MBTA rider. I talked about having checked in last week and he asked me what is the incentive for checking in. Then this morning I found that I won a prize! So there’s a brand new incentive J