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DDOT Announces 2019 goDCgo Employer Ambassador Award Winners
(Washington, DC) - Today, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced the winners of its third annual goDCgo Employer Ambassador Awards, an annual ceremony to recognize and celebrate DC employers for their contributions to sustainable transportation.
“This year’s winners have proven to be ambassadors for Mayor Bowser’s sustainable transportation goals by implementing creative program incentives and practical solutions to commuting in and around the District,” said DDOT Director Jeff Marootian. “Thanks to local leaders in transportation like our winners, our city continues to grow and thrive with increasing sustainable commuting options.”
Recipients of the goDCgo Employer Ambassador Awards 2019 include:
Bike-Friendly Workplace Award
Glen’s Garden Market, a market and cafe that is committed to sustainability and supporting local food businesses, encourages bike commuting by providing showers, lockers, and secured bike racks for employees. They also avidly support DC’s bicycling community with a bike club and sponsorship of a women’s bicycle racing team.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office has an active, employee-focused, bike-to-work community. Their Bike-to-Work Taskforce offers support to employees looking to begin bike commuting. Onsite facilities like secured bike racks, a fix-it station, and access to showers and lockers also makes it easy for employees to commute sustainably.
Emerging Commuter Program Award
DC Dentist, an eco-friendly dentist office, recently enhanced their commuter benefits program by offering employees pre-tax commuter benefits along with a $100 transit subsidy. To encourage staff and patients to bike to their location, they pushed to get two bike racks installed this spring.
Lyft, a transportation network company, encourages their employees to commute sustainably by offering pre-tax benefits, discounted Lyft shared rides, and credits for using e-scooters. Employees highlighted that Lyft’s commuter benefits program gave them access to multiple modes, allowing them to leave their cars at home.
Most Innovative Commuter Program Award
Verizon, a telecommunications company, strives to be creative and engaging with their commuter benefits programs. They hold commuter challenges, which foster competition between employees, and provide rewards to employees who commute sustainably. Their Bike-to-Work platform allows employees to measure their environmental impact by logging their ride to work and they receive a ‘Green Team’ jersey after logging 500 miles.
U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters actively supports their employees who rideshare by hosting an internal ride-matching database, inviting vanpool companies to their transportation fairs, giving preferential parking to carpools and vanpools, and having vanpool members sit on their Transportation Advisory Committee. With this kind of support, it’s no wonder 30% of their employees choose to rideshare.
Washington Gas boasts a data-driven telework program. To be eligible to telework, employees must receive approval by a supervisor and share their quarterly commuting data. From this data, Washington Gas calculated that by participating in telework, employees eliminated more than 57,000 trips, avoided driving 1,560,000 miles and saved more than 70,000 gallons of fuel since 2010.
Capital Bikeshare Corporate Member Award
GMMB, an advertising, political consulting, and advocacy firm, not only pays for the entire Capital Bikeshare annual membership for their employees, but they also cover any usage fees when employees take longer rides while commuting. In 2018, GMMB employees used Capital Bikeshare for a total of 1,506 trips spanning 1,186 hours.
Capital Bikeshare Community Partners Award
Miriam's Kitchen, a local nonprofit organization working to end chronic homelessness in the District, offers access to Capital Bikeshare to provide their clients with a low-cost means to commute and get around the city. Since the launch of their program, they have strongly encouraged their clients to use bikeshare and, as a result, their members took a collective 26,322 trips last year.
Outstanding Partner Award
WMATA SmartBenefits allows employers to administer commuter benefits at no cost to their organization, which results in a tax savings for employees and the employer. SmartBenefits is a crucial tool in helping employers begin to offer commuter benefits to their employees. The SmartBenefits team continuously works to improve the system to make it more user-friendly and are very responsive to the needs of employers.
goDCgo is an initiative of the District Department of Transportation that encourages the use of sustainable transportation. goDCgo provides complimentary support to help employers create and sustain commuter benefits programs. The Employer Ambassador Awards celebrates employers committed to encouraging sustainable commuting.
For more information on the goDCgo Employer Ambassador Awards, visit http://info.godcgo.com/ambassadorawardswinners.
The mission of the District of Columbia government's Department of Transportation (DDOT) is to enhance the quality of life for District residents and visitors by ensuring that people, goods, and information move efficiently and safely with minimal adverse impact on residents and the environment.
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