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Metrolinx’s Smart Commute Program Recognizes Leaders in Sustainable Commuting

Metrolinx’s Smart Commute Program Recognizes Leaders in Sustainable Commuting

Nov 22, 2013 – Metrolinx honoured 11 employers from across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area that have demonstrated success in supporting sustainable commuting at the Smart Commute Awards last night.

The seventh annual Smart Commute Awards recognize achievements in reducing the number of single occupancy vehicles on the road. The awards were held at St. Lawrence Hall in Toronto and recognized workplaces for their outstanding efforts in supporting employees to walk, cycle, take transit, carpool or telework. One exceptional workplace – Mohawk College – was chosen as the Smart Commute Regional Employer of the Year.

“Metrolinx’s Smart Commute program works with leading organizations that support sustainable commuting,” said Bruce McCuaig, Metrolinx President and CEO. “Smart Commute Award winners have enabled their employees to leave their cars at home and walk, cycle, take transit, carpool or telework, and we applaud their accomplishments.”

“We’re honoured to be recognized as the Smart Commute Regional Employer of the Year and the credit goes to our students, staff and faculty who are actively using and promoting alternate ways to get to our campuses,” says Mohawk College President Rob MacIsaac. “Sustainability is one of Mohawk’s three strategic priorities and the college was the first in Ontario to adopt a comprehensive environmental management plan.”

Other winning employers include:

  • Region of Peel
  • Scholastic Canada Ltd. – Newmarket
  • The Region of Durham’s Hillsdale Estates & Terraces
  • Halton Region
  • Town of Richmond Hill
  • Hatch Ltd.
  • Royal Bank of Canada RBC – York Mills
  • PowerStream
  • Brookfield Properties – Queen’s Quay Terminal
  • City of Mississauga

The Parsons Brinckerhoff Employee Engagement Award was presented to the City of Mississauga, for demonstrating leadership in getting employees to re-think commuting.

The winners’ various accomplishments include having 35% of their workforce carpool; getting 67% of staff to use public transit; starting innovative programs like corporate shuttles, vanpools and bike shares; and making active transportation and sustainable commuting a priority when redeveloping a corporate location or addressing staff relocations and parking reductions. Details of all the winning programs are available at SmartCommute.ca.

All award winners were selected by a panel of community members from across the GTHA representing various sectors including business, non-profit, transit and transportation planning.

Smart Commute works with employers to encourage alternatives to driving alone to work and school. There are currently more than 300 GTHA organizations – with 700,000 commuters – that are designated as Smart Commute workplaces.

Smart Commute is a program of Metrolinx and the municipalities throughout the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Its goal is to ease gridlock, improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions while making commuting less expensive and more enjoyable. Smart Commute is a key program identified in The Big Move, Metrolinx’s regional transportation plan for the GTHA. Currently, Metrolinx has $16 billion worth of projects underway that make up an extensive network of regional rapid transit projects.

The Smart Commute Awards are sponsored by Parsons Brinckerhoff, BA Consulting Group and VIA Rail. More information about the program is available at SmartCommute.ca.

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Backgrounder

About the Awards

The Smart Commute Awards were introduced in 2007 to officially recognize member employers and partners who have put forth exceptional effort in implementing their Smart Commute programs. These awards acknowledge outstanding commitment, leadership, innovation and results in promoting sustainable commuting.

Smart Commute Transportation Management Associations nominated their top employers and one from each area was selected by an evaluation committee. From among those, one regional employer of the year was chosen.

Regional Employer of the Year Award

Mohawk College

Parsons Brinckerhoff Employee Engagement Award

City of Mississauga

Smart Commute Champion

Sante Esposito, General Manager, Mississauga Executive Centre, Colliers International

Local Employer of the Year Awards

Smart Commute Brampton-Caledon – Region of Peel

Smart Commute Central York – Scholastic Canada Ltd. – Newmarket

Smart Commute Durham – The Region of Durham’s Hillsdale Estates & Terraces

Smart Commute Halton – Halton Region

Smart Commute Markham, Richmond Hill – Town of Richmond Hill

Smart Commute Mississauga – Hatch Ltd.

Smart Commute Northeast Toronto – Royal Bank of Canada RBC – York Mills

Smart Commute North Toronto, Vaughan – PowerStream

Smart Commute Toronto-Central – Brookfield Properties – Queen’s Quay Terminal

Honourable Mention

Smart Commute Mississauga – Loyalty One

 

About the Review Panel

 The Smart Commute Award winners were selected by a panel of community members from across the GTHA representing various sectors including business, non-profit, transit and transportation planning.

Antoine Belaieff

Director, Innovation, Metrolinx (Panel Chair)

Brent Kopperson

Executive Director, Windfall Ecology Centre

Sheldon Leiba

President & CEO, Mississauga Board of Trade

Nancy Smith Lea

Director, Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT), a project of the registered charity Clean Air Partnership

Mike Spicer

Director, Burlington Transit

Christopher Wong

Director, Transportation and Master Planning, York University Development Corporation

About the Sponsors

The Smart Commute Awards are sponsored by Parsons Brinckerhoff, BA Consulting Group and VIA Rail.

More information about the Smart Commute Awards is available at SmartCommute.ca.

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