City-county agency wins Green Travel commuting prize

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WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla Joint Community Development Agency was the grand prize winner in this year's Green Travel Competition.

Sponsored by Sustainable Walla Walla, the competition challenges local businesses, schools and organizations to see who could report the most green travel commutes during Earth Week.

Awards to winners were presented Sunday at the Walla Walla Valley Farmers Market.

The newly-formed city-county planning agency was given a grand prize certificate along with a traveling trophy with the agency's name engraved on it.

The agency, with 13 employees, reported 38 percent green commute trips for the week.

The second-place finisher was Coffey Communications, last year's grand prize winner. The third place finisher was the city of College Place.

The winner of the colleges and schools division for the second year was Whitman College.

Green travel includes bike, bus, walking, carpool, scooters, and other low-energy alternatives to conventional cars or trucks. More than 2,000 total green trips were reported in this year's competition.

Organizations that registered for this year's competition included Providence St Mary Medical Center, Wheatland Village, Valley Residential, Coffey Communications, Walla Walla YMCA, Walla Walla Joint Community Development Agency, city of College Place, city of Walla Walla, Valley Transit, Washington State Penitentiary, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Americorps, Whitman College, Walla Walla University, and Walla Walla Community College.

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