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
- 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.
For further information
Malon Edwards 416-202-5945
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
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
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.
Director, Innovation, Metrolinx (Panel Chair)
Executive Director, Windfall Ecology Centre
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
Director, Burlington Transit
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.