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The Wise Ways of Newport Beach

by Thuy Le on September 8, 2017 , No comments

 

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Our company’s mission is to reduce our collective carbon footprint for a greener, healthier environment now and for future generations. So when we see the potential to do that while rewarding people for their efforts, we jump on the opportunity! The versatile nature of our platform allowed us to create new ways for us to get more people to use sustainable transportation. We’ve partnered up with businesses and municipalities to help them meet their goal of reducing their indirect carbon emissions from employees commutes through competitions and rewards.  

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This new focus has given us the absolute pleasure of working with the City of Newport Beach for a commute reduction challenge! Our presentation of the Wise Ways Challenge was received with tremendous support from employees during a Lunch and Learn. We received thoughtful questions from employees eager to know how they can participate after they learned the positive impact they can make. We won’t know until the start of the competition in early October, but we’re predicting a great turn out for Newport!!

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The city has sponsored prizes for the top three people who save the most pounds of carbon dioxide emissions by using any of the qualifying modes of sustainable transportation. We firmly believe that people should be rewarded for great work, so we asked our partners to provide a few prizes to award those participants who save the most carbon dioxide emissions in a particular mode. We are excited for the start of the competition! We’ll be sure to post more as the challenge progresses!

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Urban Meisters Article

by Thuy Le on August 18, 2017 , No comments

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Wrote an article about My Open Road! Read it below or through the link: http://www.urbanmeisters.com/reward-sustainable-lifestyle-with-my-open-road-app/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sustainable lifestyle choices is everyone’s responsibility because after all you can’t complain about pollution and climate change without curbing your contribution to it. At UrbanMeisters we are always looking for ways to make green living easy, do-able and more accessible for you. Our green living series gave easy eco-friendly tips to cover different aspects of everyday life like how to reduce pollution caused by foodhow to build an eco-friendly but stylish wardrobehow to make an eco-friendly fitness routinehow to cut plastic at homewaste managementgreening the neighbourhoodurban commuting and even green laundry goals! But we all need that extra push to take green initiatives. So what if you were rewarded for green living goals? Our green product hunt brought us in touch with My Open Road app- a fabulous concept app that rewards good green behaviour! The app incentivises green living by way of challenges that spark our competitive streak and actual reward points that you can redeem against set partners and advertisers. Sounds like the perfect way to promote sustainable lifestyle choices.

MY OPEN ROAD: REWARD SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLE

Are you an outdoor junkie but sometimes ask yourself how much you’re helping the environment by running 6 blocks instead of driving?

Or you love taking the bicycle to work but just sometimes wish there was an extra incentive to get on the bike in winters perhaps?

Now imagine if your employer or company or your university or even municipality gave you rewards for commuting green either by taking active transportation or other alternative eco-friendly means of transportations?

My Open Road (MOR), a startup from Southern California, based in the city of Irvine, developed the perfect tool that will keep you happily on the green track while taking your daily active/green transportation modes. How you ask?

My Open Road (MOR) organizes “Green Challenges” at your company, city or university where you can compete with your colleagues in a fun and exciting way for the highest CO2 savings score, called “Social Responsibility Score” (SRS). This will add that extra zeal to your green initiatives because based on your SRS you are then rewarded with exclusive prizes for the challenge you’re in, offered by the contest sponsor or discounts and special offers at local businesses that are partners of the My Open Road app.  The app works on a credit score basis, so riding a regular car drops down your score. To join the challenges participants need only to download the free My Open Road app and log their trips.

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MOR charges organizations for the “Green Challenges”, offering all types of customized services to run professional and vibrant contests. The app also offers a complete dashboard to keep track of the modes used and the carbon footprint; marketing material; internal presentations; etc. The challenge is perfect for any size of organization and all specific needs of each, such as reducing traffic congestion or parking constraints, raising climate change awareness, encouraging a healthy lifestyle, reaching internal sustainability goals or earning AQMD credits.

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HOW IT ALL STARTED….

My Open Road’s initial concept was an app designed to be a hands-free system for drivers to reduce car accidents, founded by the former Disney Imagineering and current COO Jeff Weiss. The app was further improved to record carbon emissions reduction whenever users rode alternative modes of transportation, along with a rewards system unlocked based on the SRS ranking and rules of occasional competitions. This new concept was introduced by Thuy Le, current CEO, with an extensive background in renewable energy and sustainability, as a Chemical Engineer and a previous managing director of large solar power projects. My Open Road’s app android beta version was tested at the Consumers Electronic Show (CES) in 2014 and officially launched with both android and iOS versions in 2015.

 

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Founder & COO  Jeff Weiss

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Founder & CEO Thuy Le

Camosun College and universities in Canada reached out to My Open Road to use the app for their sustainability projects. Some months later, MOR was showcased at various events in universities and downloaded by students all over the United States, such as at the University of California, Irvine. Running challenges within students led MOR to expand to a broader number of organizations and instead of limiting itself to being a regular app, pivoted to become a challenge organizer.

Recently MOR organized 2 green commute challenge pilots with Willmington Master Planning Organization (WMPO) and Intuit (Mountain View and San Francisco branches). The challenges were 2 weeks long each and both summed up had 213 participants that saved 19.959 pounds of CO2 from being emitted into the air by taking sustainable transportation for 36.468 miles.

FUTURE IS GREEN: PLANS AHEAD

Thinking about the future, MOR plans on continuing to spread health and sustainability awareness through the United States by promoting at least 10 Green Challenges this year. Right now the green startup is looking for social responsible organisations willing to do Green Challenges, specially Bike to Work Green Challenges, but MOR is also looking forward to growing it’s rewards system with new restaurants, stores, etc. as partners. Partners advertise on the platform for free during the first year. Even though this green company wants to conquer the world, right now it focuses in the United States, but also operates in Canada.

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GREEN ENTREPRENEURS ALL THE WAY

MOR fights for your health, health of the planet and of humanity. Therefore, the company believes that green entrepreneurs are change makers and no matter how hard it can be to have people change even a little bit their attitude to make a bigger change in the world, it’s worth every try. MOR suggests that green entrepreneurs study in depth their clients, to understand their lifestyle and on what it can be different, without the change being a pain for people. The fact is that together we can save the planet, one mile at a time.

Contact Thuy Le for inquiries at tle@myopenroad.com or the team through MOR’s official Facebook page. Don’t forget to follow @myopenroad on Instagram and Twitter to get updates on the next Green Challenges so you can participate in!

Tell us what you think in comments below. Do you know of other such programs to incentivise sustainable lifestyle choices? Do write on contact@urbanmesiters.com

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The Sustainability Movement

by Thuy Le on August 17, 2017 , No comments

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The sustainability movement is burgeoning across the US and around the world! This movement comes from the knowledge that the continued disruption of our climate from anthropogenic greenhouse gases is detrimental to society and to future generations. In ecology, sustainability is the property of biological systems to remain diverse and productive indefinitely. Its goal is always productive and self-sustaining systems. Sustainability takes different forms. For example, ethical consumerism, reorganizing living conditions, green buildings and permaculture, and adjusting individual lifestyles that conserve natural resources are all examples of sustainability in practice.

Let’s take a look at how cities in the US and the world have taken action!

Los Angeles:

The city well known for its smog and traffic is fighting back. On April 8th, 2015 Mayor Eric Garcetti released LA’s first ever Sustainable City pLAn. It sets the course for a cleaner environment and a stronger economy. It’s a great vision but with its actionable steps and a willing community, Los Angeles could reach its short-term and long-term goals! So far, LA has become the most water-efficient big city in the US, has the most installed solar power of any city in the US, and the highest recycling rate of any big US city. By 2025, the plan promises to improve the air quality by adding more transit infrastructure to reduce the vehicle-miles traveled and be the first big city in the nation to achieve zero waste!

New York:

While the rest of us sleep, New York pushes forth a sustainability movement that sets the standard for cities at home and around the world. The city’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, created a comprehensive sustainable development plan that focuses equally on the environment and income inequality. Its name is One New York: The Plan for a Strong and Just City. “We know that if we only have environmental sustainability and end up with a gilded city only for the [wealthiest], it will no longer be New York. And equally, if we have a city filled with economic opportunity and inclusion but it isn’t environmentally viable and sustainable, it won’t work. So we’ve got to bring these two pieces together,” de Blasio said as he announced OneNYC.
It’s an ambitious plan that encompasses the three pillars of sustainability- economic development, social development, and environmental protection. We’re excited to see NY achieve these goals!

Bogota:

This city took the Urban Transportation award for its ultra-efficient bus and taxi fleets. Bogota’s Bus Rapid Transit system, launched in 2000, shuttles over 70% of the city’s 7.1-million-person population. Future goals include replacing all of the city’s diesel fleet with hybrid and electric buses, electrifying the entire the taxi fleet, and adding a new metro line.

Mexico City:

It may not be the first city that pops into your head when you think about clean air (it was at one point the most polluted city in the world), but Mexico City took the Air Quality award for ProAire, a program that has dramatically cut CO2 emissions and air pollution over the last 20 years through everything from vehicle emissions reductions to containment of urban sprawl. It’s proof that a solid plan can significantly improve air quality!

 

Vancouver:

The city aims to become the greenest city in the world and is working with council residents, businesses and other organizations plus all levels of government to implement its program. Its action plan is divided into 10 goal areas with a specific 2020 target for each one, grouped under the headings of carbon, waste, and ecosystems.
The latest development in its program is to mandate that from March 20, 2014, the new one- and two-family homes will need to meet increased energy-efficiency requirements utilizing improved insulation, air-tightness, and high-efficiency heating systems. In addition, buildings under renovation will need energy audits and minor upgrades.
The city is also constructing a 28km Seaside Greenway and a new York Bikeway from Stephens Street to Seaforth Park as part of its Greenest City Action Plan and Transportation 2040 Plan supporting walking and cycling in the city.

Kudos to all these great cities for their initiatives!! Stay tuned to see how different people become involved in sustainability and how they maintain their lifestyles!

“It always seems impossible until it’s done” – Nelson Madela

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January News – On the Road Again!

by admin on February 17, 2016 , No comments

My Open Road at Globe 2016
My Open Road will be exhibiting at Globe 2016 – The Leadership Summit for Sustainable Business – Mar 1 to Mar 4, 2016 at Vancouver Convention Center. This years Conference theme is “Innovation”. Globe 2016 is dedicated to Business Innovation and the advancement of global business with sustainable agendas.

Victoria Health & Wellness Sustainablility Festival

My Open Road will be exhibiting at Heath, Wellness, Sustainability Festival – February 27th at Victoria Convention Center.  Join My Open Road to carpool to the Festival.  Free Parking hosted by My Open Road for Carpoolers. #hwsfest, @Health and Wellness
 8th Annual UCI Zot Trot


My Open Road will exhibit at the 8th Annual UCI Zot Trot : February 14, 2016 at UCI Anteater Recreation Center. The ZOT TROT is the yearly fundraiser for the Triathlon Club @ UCI. 10% of the proceeds generated from this event will be donated to the American Heart Association.
 UCI Vendor Fair

My Open Road will be exhibiting at the UCI Vendor Fair Feb. 8th to Feb. 12th.

Past Events

UCLA Staff Assembly Vendor Fair Feb. 1st.
University of British Columbia Sustainability Fair Feb. 4th.

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CES 2016 Mobile Apps Showdown

by admin on December 23, 2015 , No comments

CES 2016 Mobile App Showdown! Vote Now!

We made it to the Finals! Help us go for the win! Head over to the My Open Road entry on the Mobile App Showdown website and click Vote Now!

 


 

Our CES 2016 Winners Are!

Thank you to everyone who participated in The Road to CES 2016 contest! 5 Winners were chosen based on who conserved the most C02. Our winners received 3 days & 2 nights in Las Vegas and entry to CES 2016!

Our winners are:

Stephanie Goh from The University of British Columbia

Margaret Trjan from University of Victoria

Gesiel Fortes from Camosun College – Interurban Campus

Darion Corke Camosun College – Lansdowne Campus

Joseph Nguyen University of California, Irvine

We will see you at CES 2016!

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MOR NEWS!

by admin on November 23, 2015 , No comments

You can still win 1 of 5 FREE trips to VEGAS & CES 2016!

Thank you to all who are participating in the Road to CES giveaway! If you haven’t entered, you still have a chance to win 1 of 5 FREE trips to VEGAS and CES 2016! The competition ends November 31st but it’s not over yet! Hop on over to our website, the google play store or the apple store and download the MY OPEN ROAD smartphone app  to enter! Five (5) lucky students from participating schools will be chosen to win FREE airfare, 3 days & 2 nights in Las Vegas and entry to CES 2016! 

Have Fun & Get Rewarded: Get rewarded by our local partner retailers & restaurants for you energy conservation efforts. Winners will be announced on Social Media December 3rd, 2015 at 12pm! Make sure you follow us on Facebook & Instagram to see if you are 1 of 5 lucky winners!

 

TRACK YOUR FITNESS WITH MOR APP

We’re more than just environmental protection enthusiast, we’re also a fitness tracking app! Our app has the ability to track the distance of your run or walk while calculating your time. You can view your trek visually as the MOR app provides you with a distance map. The My Open Road app also counts your calories so you can manage and measure your workout. Track your run and get a Social Responsibility Score while using the RUN/WALK MODE! Here’s to health!

Empowering Students

My Open Roads new workforce is made up mostly of students from local colleges and universities. Students are provided paid internships in sales and marketing to work with our local business partners, and provide support to students and faculty as brand ambassadorship on school campuses.

My Open Road is now part of AASHE!


Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) was established in 2006 as the first professional higher education association for the campus sustainability community. AASHE works with all sectors of a campus in integrating sustainability in with campus governance, education, and research. Professional development is also emphasized through conferences, workshops, and networking. Press releases, blogs, and awards are coordinated to promote carbon reduction and sustainable awareness. My Open Road is partnering with AASHE to make My Open Road App available as a sustainable transportation tool for universities/colleges worldwide to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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July News!

by admin on July 31, 2015 , No comments

MOR is Shakin’ up the Summer!

July has been an exciting month for My Open Road, so let us show you some of the great things we have been doing!

We are now operating in Canada!

My Open Road has setup a satellite office in the City of Victoria British Columbia. We have begun working with three fabulous Victoria colleges, Camosun, University of Victoria, and Royal Roads University. The schools are using the My Open Road app to encourage students to use alternative transportation instead of driving both on and off campus. Students get rewarded in the downtown area by some fantastic retailers and restaurants for their energy conservations efforts; here are a few our advertisers and their incentives.

  
 

Location

Our office is just as fun as Victoria, We are located at 300-3 Fan Tan Alley, Victoria, BC at theDock Centre for social impact.

Even getting to the space is fun, just turn down Fan Tam Ally in Victoria’s Chinatown and you will find a small doorway leading to the elevator to go up to our shiny new digs.

NEW FEATURES!

Our app also have new features and functions, we have added car pool mode, rail mode, and even a new ride share feature when you want to carpool or vanpool.

  So if you haven’t tried My Open Road lately, give it a try for a week and take it around the block so to speak. Our latest versions are available for both Android and iPhone at both app stores.

Thanks for reading, and we look forward to seeing you soon!
Next month we hit Vegas!

Best regards,

The My Open Road team!

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MOR April Newletter

by admin on April 28, 2015 , No comments

New My Open Road T-Shirt - Happy Earth Day!
Hello everyone,

In celebration of earth day, My Open Road has created a fantastic new lifestyle tee-shirt that we are offering to all of our fans for just $10.00! (Shipping Included) Purchase Here

Just email us back your shipping address and you shirt size and we will mail you one right away!

We have also been busy promoting MOR as a host of earth day events in Los Angeles and Orange County. Every year we are invited by the Irvine Company, Kaiser Permanente,  & CBRE  to encourage their employees and tenants to be more energy efficient by using our mobile app.

Thanks for reading, look for some exciting news from us this summer!

-The My Open Road Team

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MOR March Newletter

by admin on April 28, 2015 , No comments

Our latest Bike Give away winner!

Hello everyone,

My Open Road is proud to announce our latest Pedego Electric bike giveaway.

Just before the end of the school year of 2014 we had one last drawing at UC Irvine with Staff and Students.

And the winner is…. Mason Kington!

He picked up his new Pedego interceptor at the Pedego headquarters in Irvine. Mason had asked for his bike to be finished in brush aluminum with tan balloon tires. Pedego CEO Don DiCostanzo and the whole Pedego team came out to congratulate him on his win.

Mason was very proudly showing off his new ride to the UC Irvine staff. Having the staff excited about saving energy is quickly becoming a great tool helping the entire school work towards being one of the greenest campuses in the country.

New feature “carpool mode” announced

The MOR app can detect a wide range of transportation methods and rewards users for choosing the most energy-efficient means possible.  Driving a car gives users a “Social Responsibility Score” (SRS) of 500, while walking or skateboarding rewards users with an SRS of 1000.

The new “Carpool” mode will award users with a 700 SRS and go up depending on the number of people in the car.   The average SRS of the last ten trips are used to create a the overall “Social Responsibility Score,” which can be used to get discounts from energy-conscious retail partners whose restaurants and stores will show up in the app interface. The My Open Road apps new “carpool” feature rewards users for ridesharing and further cutting CO2 emissions for both driver and passengers.

Best regards,

The My Open Road team.

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My Open Road -February Newsletter

by admin on February 16, 2015 , No comments

Happy February everyone!

Valentine’s day is right around the corner, and we have a special announcement for you.My Open Road and Wahoo’s Fish Taco have teamed up to demonstrate our first proof-of-concept test of My Open Road’s “green marketing” advertising system.

We will be promoting Wahoo’s very popular “Cheap Date” offer. The only requirement is that your date shows the cashier that he or she has been saving energy with My Open Road. Your date must display a “Social Responsibility Score” of 800 or better, thenthey eat for free!! (See flyer below)

Good February 11-14, 2015 -Dine-In Only
Download the My Open Road App (Click Here), save energy while you get around, and earn a Social Responsibility Score (SRS) of 800 or better, grab your date and head to Wahoo’s this Valentine ’s Day weekend!

Treat your date to a FREE #1 Combo Meal with SRS of 800 or higher on Valentine’s weekend! Enjoy the taste of any taco (your choice of protein) with our famous ahi rice and black beans or spicy cajun white beans and our fresh mild salsa.

Shrimp and Brown Rice extra charge. No cash back or substitutes. Couples only. Date must be present to redeem. One offer per couple. Not good with any other offer. Valid at participating Wahoo’s. Must show animated SRS score of 800 or higher. Mgr. can revoke at any time. Dine in only!

We will be running this campaign at 39 Wahoo’s store throughout Los Angeles andOrange counties, so come on by and enjoy!

Another exciting update is happening!! We are working on a new mode for carpooling! The carpool mode will allow you to create a virtual carpool with any other MOR user! Of course once you do this, you both get rewarded for saving energy! You can even carpool with an entire high school marching band thats riding the bus! More on this next month!Enjoy Valentine ’s Day!

The My Open Road Team

We just want to say thank you everyone for keeping an eye on us. More good fun stuff to come in February!

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