Awards given for fewer car trips.
MetroPool, the organization that looks for commuting alternatives, has given out its annual awards to employers in the region who have cut down on their cmployees car trips, and Westchester County government was a big winner.
The county came in first or second in three categories of the awards, which are given to those companies and goverments who take on MetroPool’s challenge to reduce the number of cars and SUVs being used to get people to work. Alternatives include car pooling, public transportation and working from home.
There were four categories in all. Other winners were Pfizer, New York Life Company, Orange and Rockland Utilities, Amalgamated Life, Northern Westchester Hospital, IBM, SUNY Orange, Bard College and the New York Power Authority.
Here’s MetroPool’s release:
Nine Local Employers take Top Awards for Promoting Green Commutes
Hudson Valley Winners Prevent 2,752,000 Pounds of Emissions
Armonk, NY- June 16, 2010 —John Lyons, CEO of MetroPool, Inc., the area’s leading commuting solutions company, announced the winners of the 2010 Earth Day Commuter Challenge to reduce drive-alone commuting in the Hudson Valley. Dr. Marsha Gordon, president and CEO of The Business Council of Westchester, presented the awards today at the IBM Learning Center in Armonk, N.Y.
“Currently 679 employers in the Hudson Valley promote commuter alternatives that save their employees more than $580,000 in commute related expenses, said MetroPool CEO John Lyons. We congratulate their outstanding efforts. Their participation in this program has reduced more than 3 million commuter miles driven and has prevented an estimated 2,752,000 pounds of carbon emission from being released into our air.”
The year-long Earth Day Commuter Challenge encourages employers and employees to promote commuter alternatives in the workplace using NuRide.com—an on-line ridematching network to track their “racing” performance and log their success in shifting to greener options including carpool, vanpool, telecommute, bike, walk or public transportation. The Race to the Finish contest runs from January through April to boost economic and environmental savings for commuting employees.
John Lyons continued, “The employers honored today are leaders in encouraging transportation alternatives in the Hudson Valley. They promote environmentally-friendly programs for their employees that save time and money, placing their companies ahead of the competition. We congratulate their success.”
Winners were recognized in four entry categories:
Reduced car trips during the challenge Trips Reduced
1st – Pfizer 12,101
2nd – Westchester County Government 7,090
3rd – New York Life Insurance Company 6,783
Participation rate during the challenge Participation Rate
1st – Orange and Rockland Utilities 58%
2nd – Amalgamated Life 35%
3rd – Northern Westchester Hospital 29%
Total enrollments during the challenge Total Enrollments
1st – Westchester County Government 39
2nd – IBM 34
3rd – New York Life Insurance Company 28
New enrollments during the “Race to the Finish” New Enrollments
1st – SUNY Orange 18
2nd – Bard College 15
2nd – Westchester County Government 15
3rd – New York Power Authority 14
The following companies received Honorable Mention with distinction: Regeneron Pharmaceuticals for placing in three of four races; The County of Rockland and Swiss Re for participating in the Race to the Finish since program inception in 2008. Honorable Mention was given to Cardiology Consultants of Westchester, Westchester Medical Center, Empire Blue- Middletown, Nine West, Pepsi Beverages Company, CBLPath, Inc. and PepsiCo.
MetroPool, Inc.—the area’s leading commuting solutions company–under contract to the New York State Department of Transportation, works to improve the region’s air quality by reducing drive-alone commuting. Since 1980, MetroPool has provided employers and commuters with free services to encourage transportation options –car/vanpooling, walking/biking, bus/train/ferry travel, telecommuting, compressed work weeks and pre-tax commuter benefits. For more information, call 1-800-FIND-RIDE or visit www.metropool.com <http://www.metropool.com/> .
NuRide.com—a free online ridematching network tracks employee’s “racing” performance. Participants can also earn rewards including gift cards for restaurants, gas, a weekly drawing for $100 gift card in groceries by Peapod by Stop & Shop or events–just by tracking points for trips completed.