UNC and UNC Hospitals won the SmartCommute Challenge in the category of organizations with 15,000 or more employees. Pledging to try (or continue to use) alternative transportation this year were 1,177 UNC Hospital and University staff, faculty and students. UNC narrowly beat out Duke, as well as NC State and other competitors in the Tier 9 category. Along with the University awards, individual awards and prizes were presented to many people from the UNC Community.
UNC's Nico Carver and Heidi Perry won for their artistic contributions to this year's Challenge.
- Nico Carver won first place for his charming 60-second film entered in the Video and Photo Contest and for this he received a $300 flipcam. He has kindly consented to allow us to show his film at the fall Transportation Forums. Here is a link to the video.
- Heidi Perry won 2nd Place in the photo contest Check out all the winners here!
The following individuals were honored for their individual contributions.
- Commuter Honors Award: Sara Stahlman (Health Educator) Ms. Stahlman is a staff member who is also a cyclist and in her professional capacity, took time this year to form a new partnership with DPS in relation to cycling issues Youtube.
- ETC (Employee Transportation Coordinator) Award: Prof. Elizabeth Shay supported students in the application process for the new Bicycle Friendly University designation, offered by the League of American Cyclists. They did this as their Capstone project. We are still waiting on the results.
- Golden Sneaker Award: UNC Hospitals' Glenn Girtman won the award in the pedestrian mode category for his ongoing support and for his promotion of activities that combine fitness with worthy and charitable causes.
- Golden Spoke Award: Katherine O’Brien (UNC Facilities GIS Manager) for cycling use and her varied and creative promotion of alternative transportation.
- Golden Ticket Award: Whitney Fairbanks (School of Government) for her steady transit use and cheery advocacy
- Pool Party Award: For their 5-person carpool: Patricia Longest (Hospital), Starr Church, Bonnie Hayes, Sandra Murray and Diane Walsh.