The Smart Commute Awards take place every November as a way to recognize the outstanding efforts of the employer members for the successful implementation of their Smart Commute programs. Each Smart Commute organization nominates their top employers for their commitment, leadership, innovation and results achieved within the last year.
The 2014 Smart Commute Halton Employer of the Year is L3 Wescam!
L-3 WESCAM has taken progressive steps towards providing sustainable commuting options for staff. The company, located in Burlington, Ontario, designs and manufactures dynamic visual information systems. In the last 12 months, L-3 WESCAM has removed 368 single occupant vehicle trips from the road, eliminated 29, 492 kilometres of vehicle travel and prevented 6,406 kilograms of greenhouse gas emissions from entering the atmosphere.
These impressive results were achieved through a number of initiatives. The Smart Commute program runs out of the Human Resources department where weekly communications are issued to staff promoting sustainable transportation options. In November 2013, a pilot bus route was launched to provide better transit access to L-3 WESCAM employees. This new route was the result of 18 months of planning between Smart Commute Halton, Burlington Transit and L-3 WESCAM, and as a result of its success, this Burlington Transit route is now servicing two nearby GO Stations to better service employees.
L-3 WESCAM has great facilities and services to encourage sustainable commuting, ranging from a dedicated shuttle service (complete with bike rack) that runs between their two Burlington offices, to indoor bike racks, showers and lockers to encourage active transportation. Their company bike team, Team WESCAM, promotes cycling, offers instructional lunch-and-learns and participates in various charitable rides.
Congratulations L3 Wescam!