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Go green – walk to campus

Are you wondering how to go green and how to be more sustainable? One option is to collect points in the ‘Jeg kjører grønt’-campaign (‘I go green’) which was recently launched.

“Improved health, improved environment and an improved environmental profile for UiA, those three things should excite people”, says HSE Coordinator Roger Fromreide (left) and ‘I go green’ Project Manager Bjørne  Jortveit in Kristiansand municipality.

“Improved health, improved environment and an improved environmental profile for UiA, those three things should excite people”, says HSE Coordinator Roger Fromreide (left) and ‘I go green’ Project Manager Bjørne  Jortveit in Kristiansand municipality.

The way to go green is to use your legs, either by walking or cycling. Not necessarily every day, but at least when the sun shines and the birds sing. If you sign up on the ‘Jeg kjører grønt’ webpage, you may win prizes in addition to improving your health and being more sustainable. You also help UiA improve its environmental profile.

The campaign which runs until 1 December is meant to encourage people to walk or cycle to work. You collect points by registering the days you leave the car at home and take the bus, walk or cycle to work.

The coronavirus effect

This year, there is little focus on public transport since the government recommends avoiding travel during rush hour due to the risk of transmission.

“That is why we recommend that you walk or cycle if you can. This also includes Campus Grimstad, although the campaign only targets staff and students at Campus Kristiansand”, says HSE Coordinator Roger Fromreide.

“Many people already walk or cycle to the university. But the parking spaces are still full of cars”, says Bjørne Jortveit, campaign manager of ‘Jeg kjører grønt’ in Kristiansand.

PEDALEN bicycle hotel is the safest bicycle parking facility on both campuses. You get access for 6 or 12 months using your employee card or student card if you register at UiA Help and pay a small amount.

PEDALEN bicycle hotel is the safest bicycle parking facility on both campuses. You get access for 6 or 12 months using your employee card or student card if you register at UiA Help and pay a small amount. 

Prizes to be won

In addition to improved health and a more sustainable lifestyle, participants can also win prizes, first just for signing up. “There are still several hundred sign up prizes left”, Jortveit says.

On 1 October, students have the chance to win bike helmets, at least 10 of them - some will be offered to the highest point earners and some winners are selected by drawing lots.

In addition, there is a chance to win prizes every week including: Cycling jackets, cycling caps to be worn under helmets, gift cards from book shops and reflex vests.