Join Kansas City’s effort to improve air quality this summer by competing in the Green Commute Challenge to reduce emissions. Ride a bus, streetcar or scooter, bike, carpool, walk or telecommute to work.

For the next three weeks, Greenability Weekly will partner with RideshareKC and Mid-America Regional Council to feature participants who bike, ride the bus and carpool. We’ll share their stories about what inspired them, how they handle bad weather and what tips they offer for other commuters.

This friendly competition runs from June 1 to August 31. It helps improve air quality during the time of year that traditionally produces the highest ozone levels. Air quality is most vulnerable during the summer months when heat, sunlight and emissions combine in the atmosphere to create ozone. The Green Commute Challenge encourages work places to form an employee team and find alternatives to driving for daily work commutes. Individuals can also register, and everyone is eligible for prizes.

Last year, 44 teams with 631 members reduced their driving by 508,336 miles over 45,471 trips. They collectively saved $102,469, burned 1,947,804 calories and prevented 397,356 pounds of emissions.

Participating commuters in the annual Green Commute Challenge will be able to access online tools and a mobile app to track activities that reduce driving miles and show the reduced emissions and money saved.

To get started, register a company team or individual at RideshareKC.

Photo: Darrin Dressler