PowerStream encourages staff to share the driving and reduce the stress
Over the past four years, PowerStream’s vanpool program has grown steadily. Today, the electric utility that serves more than 355,000 customers in York Region and Simcoe County has six large vans that get 44 employees to work and back home again every day. In fact, 36 per cent of the company’s workforce participates in carpools or vanpools. It’s all part of a corporate focus on reducing emissions from employee commutes, while helping them save costs and make it easier to get to work.
“There are many reasons why I initially joined the vanpool program,” says Elizabeth Kay, an enthusiastic participant. “The obvious ones are saving money on gas, less wear and tear on my vehicle and the environmental benefits of having fewer cars on the road. I have also found that it is a great way to catch up with friends and get to know people in other business units that you wouldn’t normally interact with.”
The Environmental Coordinator at PowerStream is Caroline Karvonen. She explains how the company’s philosophy fits with the focus on improving employees’ commuting experience.“PowerStream’s corporate vision states ‘we will be a socially responsible company, committed to the environment and sustainable growth, leading the way into the future with boldness, innovation and best in class performance’,” she says. “Our carpool and vanpool programs are both testaments to this statement. PowerStream hopes to lead by example and encourages other organizations within our service territory to participate in similar programs.”
PowerStream is a member of Smart Commute - North Toronto, Vaughan, one of 12 Smart Commute offices across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
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