Roselle Park Woman Rides To Raise Awareness

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Casey L. Cullen

Casey L. Cullen

ROSELLE PARK— Casey L. Cullen plans to participate in this year’s Climate Ride NYC-DC 2013, a multi-day cycling fundraiser and ‘green conference on wheels,’ with more than 200 cyclists traveling 300 miles from Manhattan to the nation’s capital in Washington, D.C., but she’s about $700 short of her fundraising goal to take part.  The ride will take place from Sept. 21 to 25, and Cullen can accept online donations right up until she leaves.

Climate Ride is designed to raise awareness around sustainability, renewable energy, climate change issues, and bicycle advocacy. Cullen, a resident of Roselle Park, said “I saw some postings about it online when the ride left last year. As a physical fitness goal and a way to support a great cause, I decided to participate in early May to ride in the NYC to DC 2013 ride.”

Climate Ride is the first multi-day bicycle ride to raise money for and awareness of sustainability, renewable energy, climate change, and bicycle advocacy. Participants will cycle approximately 60 miles a day, and along the way, they will hear from an impressive list of guest speakers who are leaders in sustainability and green innovation. Topics will include climate science, sustainable living, bicycle advocacy, and environmental activism.

“Training for a 300 mile ride has been difficult for me since I have only ever ridden for leisure before,” Cullen added. “But Climate Ride is just one way to positively affect change. So many environmental messages are scary and negative. Doing this charity ride shows the world there are people working for a better and healthier world, I’m one of them, and together we can do this.”

This September, Cullen plans to join more than 200 other riders who each raised at least $2400 to benefit one of more than 50 organizations. She has chosen to donate her funds to: Bike New York, Environmental Defense Fund, Institute for Sustainable Communities, New Jersey Bike and Walk Coalition, and the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.

Some of the charities Cullen chose support New Jersey initiatives directly, Cullen said. “Others, like the Environmental Defense Fund, are national organizations that lobby and organize against injustices I may never have heard about otherwise.”

Despite the difficulty, Cullen said that her training for the 300 mile ride is going well.  “I was able to complete the 62 mile route of the Ramapo Rally in 7.5 hours a couple weeks ago,” she said. “I am just trying to keep moving and riding, even if it’s not huge distances every day. I can’t wait to get going on this ride!”

To donate and support Cullen in her climate ride, go to: http://bike.climateride.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=2398 or go to www.climateride.org and search for rider ‘Casey Cullen’ on the left hand side of the webpage.

Casey L. Cullen and Lila

Casey L. Cullen and Lila

Cullen is an Independent Sustainability Consultant in the New York City and New Jersey area. Her passion is green building and design. A certified LEED Accredited Professional, Cullen is currently working as a design team member on a school building that is pursuing the Living Building Challenge. She graduated from Roselle Park High School in 2007, University of Vermont (BS Environmental Science) in January 2011, and is completing her MS in Urban Sustainability at City College in NYC. She is also a dog mom to Lila, a 2-year-old Dachshund mix rescue.

(Photos submitted by Casey Cullen)

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