30, 2006 - Smart Trips has just been awarded the Silver Level
Award for EPAs Best Workplaces for Commuters Race to Excellence.
The Race to Excellence nationally recognizes commuter programs
that are successful in encouraging commute alternatives and promoting
the value of commuter benefits in their respective communities.
Smart Trips received the Bronze Level Award in 2005. Smart Trips
was one of twenty-four Network Member programs to be nationally
recognized for efforts in commuter benefits promotion at the Association
for Commuter Transportation International Conference in Boston,
Massachusetts, on August 29.
Smart Trips works with employers throughout the East Tennessee
non-attainment region to help develop commuter programs for their
employees. These programs encourage employees to use alternative
transportation to get to work, such as carpool, vanpool, taking
transit, bicycling, walking, or telecommuting. By using alternative
transportation, commuters can help to reduce the number of drive-alone
miles, which saves them money and helps to lessen air pollution.
Providing commuter benefits helps employers address limited or expensive
parking, reduce traffic congestion, improve employee recruiting
and retention, and minimize the environmental impacts associated
with drive-alone commuting. The Best Workplaces for Commuters program
publicly recognizes employers whose commuter benefits reach the
National Standard of Excellence. Participating companies earn the
designation "Best Workplaces for Commuters"-a mark of
excellence for environmentally and employee-friendly organizations.
Several companies in the Knoxville area are working towards earning
the Best Workplaces for Commuters designation.
Two Knoxville area employers have earned the Best Workplaces Designation
- the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and Knoxville-Knox County
Metropolitan Planning Commission - for providing and promoting commuter
benefits to their employees. For information on Smart Trips programs
or to become a Smart Trips employer, visit www.knoxsmarttrips.org
or call 215-2916. For more information on Best Workplaces for Commuters,