First Time in Program’s 25 Year History to Provide Offsets for EcoFriendly Mobility Decisions


Portland, Oregon, October 1st ---, formerly known as the Northwest Earth Institute, has taken this year’s challenge to the next level. By partnering with Hytch, The People’s EcoChallenge 2019 will introduce participants to the Hytch Rewards platform where they can earn carbon offsets whenever they track their shared rides anywhere on the planet.

Hytch has steadily built a network of eco-friendly partnerships in the Pacific Northwest starting with the Low Carbon Prosperity Institute before being recognized by CleanTech Alliance and now Organizations select Hytch for the unique technology behind the Hytch Rewards platform that tracks, validates and rewards smarter mobility choices.

“We’re excited to partner with Hytch Rewards to offer our participants a way to earn carbon credits for sharing rides, making their transportation carbon neutral while they are also able to track their transit carbon footprint.” Said David Macek, Executive Director at “Hytch is like Strava for tracking the carbon impact of your transportation, which perfectly aligns with our mission to slow, stop, or reverse the harmful effects of the climate crisis.”

“I grew up in Oregon, so I legitimately hug trees.” Says Hytch Chairman and Co-Founder Mark Cleveland. “Partnering with passionate and mission driven organizations like is the best way to connect people who care about the planet with the tools they need to educate themselves and make a difference.”


The EcoChallenge Platform is part of a suite of educational and engagement offerings by EcoChallenge.Org (formerly Northwest Earth Institute), a nonprofit organization based in Portland, Oregon. For over 25 years, we’ve inspired, educated and activated individuals around community-based change. To date, we have engaged over 280,000 individuals and 4,500 organizations through solutions-focused programs. Our approachable and ready-to-use social and digital tools provide a unique framework for talking about our relationship with the world and sharing new ways to listen, live, and create positive action. These tools include a suite of Discussion Courses rooted in transformative learning and a digital platform designed to create widespread behavior change. Together, they provide the launchpad for emerging generations and sustainability leaders to experience “ah-ha” moments that lead to extraordinary environmental and social change.

Download Hytch Rewards today to earn carbon neutral transportation

About Hytch Rewards

Hytch LLC is a Nashville-based social impact technology company that rewards people to lower carbon emissions, protect clean air and reduce traffic congestion by logging their shared commutes with the platform. By using the free Hytch Rewards app for iPhone and Android, Hytch promotes the habits of sharing a ride by enabling users to “Save Trees” and earn cash rewards when available in sponsored markets. Hytch received a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation. The company was recognized as the Nashville Technology Council’s Emerging Company of the Year, and received the Tennessee Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Sustainable Transportation Award, and the Nashville Entrepreneur Center’s 2018 NEXT Award as the Social Enterprise and Sustainability Startup of the Year. To learn more about Hytch, visit