Claire Finter organised the event 'Operation Green Destination' for her community service project as part of the Club Mudgee Max Potential Mudgee/Kandos-Rylstone/ Gulgong program.
The Mudgee High student came up with the project, which encouraged residents to carpool, ride, skateboard, walk or use public transport to get to work or school because she wanted to share what she's passionate about and create awareness.
"I have lived in Mudgee my entire life and always been aware that a large part of our economy relies heavily on coal mines. Although growing up in this day and age I have recently heard these two words more and more 'climate change'," she said.
"Climate change is an issue that heavily effects my generation's future and those after mine, it has become a cause that I'm very passionate about. In our local community we can contribute to ways to reduce carbon emissions.
"It will not only benefit the community but also contribution towards green future and clean air for the town. Through my research of carbon emission, I have found out a typical car emits six tonnes of carbon dioxide each year, what if we could reduce this by walking or bike riding to school for a day or more?
"This event was small but impactful among my classmates and parts of the wider community.
"Although Mudgee is a small town, it's important we're aware of our carbon footprint and our own health and wellbeing."
Claire said that by participating in the program she has learnt a lot about herself, developed skills and strategies to work on her goals.
And coach Rusha Rayan, from Mid-West Regional Council, has guided me though every step of the journey.
"Thank you to Mudgee High School and Mid Western Regional council for helping me advertise and get the community involved, and thank you to Club Mudgee, Max Potential and everybody who participated in making my Community Service Project possible," she added.