DEQ was recently recognized nationally as a 2016 Best Workplaces for Commuters Race to Excellence Award Winner for Best Employer! Best Workplaces for Commuters, a program designed to encourage sustainable transportation innovation, recognized 17 employers nationwide earlier this month during the annual “Race to Excellence” Virtual Awards Ceremony. The awards recognize organizations who have taken exemplary steps to offer transportation options such as vanpool and transit benefits or telework and compressed workweek for their employees.
Many DEQ employees ride the bus, carpool or bike to and from work, taking advantage of the various commuter alternatives provided by the department. Those alternatives include discounted van pooling through GoTriangle, carpooling with coworkers, or purchasing a GoPass, which allows permanent, full-time employees to pay $25/year for a pass they can use on any of the region’s public transit agencies to commute to and from work.
The department also took into consideration its bicycling employees when constructing the new Green Square building a few years ago, ensuring that showers were available in the building and that bike racks were accessible outside.
To learn more about commuting options, visit: http://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/air-quality/air-quality-outreach/air-quality-public-involvement/commuter-options. For a full list of winners, visit: http://www.bestworkplaces.org/race-to-excellence-2/2016-race-to-excellence-results/.