BOSTON – Thursday, March 28, 2013 -- Today, the Patrick-Murray Administration celebrated the efforts of more than 130 Massachusetts businesses to promote healthier, more environmentally-friendly commuting at the Massachusetts Excellence in Commuter Options (ECO) Awards ceremony at Fenway Park. The Administration recognized employers who have been successful in getting their employees to travel by public transit, carpools, vanpools, bicycling or walking.
“Congratulations to Massachusetts employers who share our commitment to clean energy and have positively contributed to a healthy environment through their promotion of sustainable transportation initiatives,” said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray. “For this year’s ceremony, we are encouraged by the increased number of employers, all supporting healthier, active travel through more efficient and green modes of transportation for their employees.”
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) hosted the ECO Awards in collaboration with MassRIDES, the statewide travel options program and MassCommute, the Massachusetts Council of Transportation Management Associations. MassDOT, MassRIDES, and MassCommute actively support employers across the Commonwealth in their work to reduce drive-alone trips to work sites while encouraging employees to travel by public transit, carpools, vanpools, bicycling, and walking – or avoid commuting altogether by encouraging telework. Together, MassRIDES and MassCommute have over 700 employer partners and member organizations that support green and healthy transportation options.
“Today we recognized the efforts of these Massachusetts organizations who champion the value of creating opportunities to travel by healthier modes and helping to take cars off of the roads and lessen our environmental footprint," said MassDOT Secretary and CEO, Richard A. Davey. "These goals are key to MassDOT’s vision for a healthier and more sustainable Commonwealth. They also support our broad-based GreenDOT environmental responsibility initiative, the inter-agency Healthy Transportation Compact that promotes greater physical activity through every-day travel, and our Mode Shift Initiative, which aims to triple the share of walking, bicycling, and riding public transit in Massachusetts by 2030.”
The awards ceremony at Fenway Park celebrated the efforts of over 130 MassRIDES partners and MassCommute members. Ten employers were recognized for outstanding accomplishments, including:
Leadership in Commuter Options
• AstraZeneca: Alternative Work Arrangements
• Axcelis Technologies: Bicycling
• City of Northampton: Walking
• EBSCO Publishing: Public Transit
• Mass Mutual: Vanpooling
• The University of Massachusetts Lowell: Carpooling
Leadership in Commuter Engagement
• Davis-Marcus Management: Property Manager
• Foley Hoag LLP: Employer Transportation Coordinator
• U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services
Leadership in Innovation
• City of Cambridge
“MassCommute is proud to collaborate with MassDOT and MassRIDES to recognize the efforts of member companies for the great work they do to reduce both congestion on our roads and harmful emissions in the air we breathe,” stated MassCommute Managing Director, Andrea Leary. “In 2012, participants in MassCommute TMA programs reduced vehicle trips on our roads by 1.4 million and eliminated 5 million tons of CO2 from entering our atmosphere.”
The ECO Awards Ceremony is presented with sponsorships from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, vRide, ZipCar, NuRide, URS Corporation, 128 Business Council and the Charles River Transportation Management Association. The generous support of these sponsors allows for greater recognition of sustainable transportation efforts throughout the Commonwealth.
MassRIDES is the Massachusetts statewide travel options program, helping travelers move smarter with information about carpooling, bicycling, walking, public transportation and vanpooling. For more information about MassRIDES, visit the MassRIDES website at www.commute.com, follow MassRIDES on twitter at Twitter.com/MassRIDES, and find it on Facebook at www.facebook.com/massrides.
MassCommute is a group of Massachusetts Transportation Management Associations, which leverage public and private funds to increase the use of ridesharing and other commuting alternatives that reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality across the state. For more information about MassCommute, visit MassCommute.com.
GreenDOT, a comprehensive environmental responsibility and sustainability initiative of MassDOT, calls for the incorporation of sustainability into all of its activities, from strategic planning to project design construction to system operation. The GreenDOT policy initiative includes greenhouse gas reduction targets mandated under the Global Warming Solutions Act, signed by Governor Patrick in 2008. This law requires an economy-wide 2020 emissions reduction mandate of 25 percent, the first step toward a required 80 percent reduction by 2050. The transportation sector generates more than one-third of the total greenhouse gas emissions produced in Massachusetts.
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