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May 10, 2010

Oregon Law Green Mile Challenge Exceeds Goal

Oregon Law students achieved a whopping 103,549 total miles of alternative transportation throughout the spring semester in the inaugural Green Mile Challenge, far exceeding the 50,000-mile goal.

All three sections of Property, a first-year course, taught by Professors Mary Wood, Richard Hildreth, and Eric Priest, along with Professor Wood’s American Indian Policy seminar, competed amongst one another for top honors.

Professor Wood’s Property section pulled out the win, recording 51 percent of the total number of miles. The prize? Professor Wood’s home-baked organic chocolate chip cookies.

Professor Wood noted that the challenge was a way to help individuals realize the amount of unnecessary driving that takes place. “Americans suffer from an addiction to driving,” she said. “This was one small step for all of us to confront excessive driving in our personal lives.”

Professor Hildreth added that he was encouraged to see his students’ fervor for the challenge extend outside the classroom.

“I was very impressed with how my first year students in Property Section B responded to this opportunity to both register our qualifying miles and also discuss informally outside of class big and little ways to reduce our individual carbon footprints.”

Professors Wood, Hildreth, and Priest plan to make the Green Mile Challenge an annual event.

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