Commuter Challenge Towards Community Sustainability: Healthy Commuting As Continuous Perspective

Wednesday, 18 July 2018: 18:15
Oral Presentation
Inna PISKUNOVA, Calgary, Canada
Since 2016 the United Nations officially commenced implementation of its 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The term of sustainability became extremely popular and a part of governmental and community policies all over the world. Many communities in Canada including the province of Alberta identified their vision for sustainability. As an important part of a governmental policy, complex and interdisciplinary trend, sustainability covers many fields including environmental issues, not-for-profit, corporate strategies, health assessment and planning, leisure and wellbeing of citizens, and many others. The Active Alberta Policy (Ministry of Tourism, Parks, and Recreation) provides a ten-year vision for recreation, active living, and sport. Communities in Alberta are working to improve infrastructure that encourages people to use active transportation. One of the most successful and long-term (more than 25 years) national projects working in Canada in this direction is Commuter Challenge. Its mission is to promote and facilitate sustainable mobility through education and engagement. The main goal of Commuter Challenge national project run by Sustainable Alberta Association based in Calgary is to improve personal and environmental health as well as healthy communities through encouraging individuals to commute by foot, bicycle, bus, train, and carpool or telecommute. The study of Commuter Challenge focused on identification and evaluation of the organization activities, benefits and measuring the impact of this national event on the wellbeing of its participants and communities population in general, as well as defining the strategies for its future development in terms of sustainability and quality of community life.