CLEVELAND (Thursday, September 22, 2016) — At the 2016 Sustainable Cleveland Summit, the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) and Sustainable Cleveland 2019 presented KeyBank and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center Gold Commuter Choice Awards for their support of environmentally friendly forms of transportation and implementation of programs that strongly encourage alternative commuting for their employees.
Environmentally friendly commute options include transit, carpooling, bicycling, walking and telecommuting.
This is the first year that KeyBank has earned a Gold rating. University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, a recipient of a Silver rating in 2015, achieved the Gold rating this year by becoming the title sponsor for UHBikes bikeshare program and offering financial incentives to put toward health insurance premiums.
“We are honored to receive the commuter choice award and are proud of our employees who not only participated in our annual remote access day, but also responded to our commuter survey which gave us insight on how our employees get to work.” Says Andrew Watterson, Head of Sustainability for KeyBank. “Over 10% of the commuter miles logged each week by KeyBank employees are taken using alternative transportation options, which helps reduce KeyBank’s environmental footprint and the commuter footprint of our employees.“
All winners of the 2016 Commuter Choice Awards include:
• Gold: KeyBank and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
• Silver: Motorcars Honda in Cleveland Heights and Case Western Reserve University
• Bronze: Squire Patton Boggs, LLP; Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Bike Cleveland, Cuyahoga
County and BrownFlynn
“We are pleased to see companies stepping up their efforts to promote alternative commute options to their employees,” says NOACA Executive Director Grace Gallucci. “Congratulations to KeyBank and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center for earning Gold ratings and proving that they are the top organizations in Northeast Ohio for supporting sustainable commute modes. We urge employers to take note of what these organizations are doing and follow their example.”
To support the City of Cleveland’s Year of Sustainable Transportation, NOACA teamed up with Sustainable Cleveland 2019 to conduct this year’s Commuter Choice Challenge. In addition to Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards, the following organizations also received prizes.
Large Business Grand Prize Winner: KeyBank (Receives private Ride ‘n’ Drive events for employees and private 3-hour bike ride and traffic skills class)
Small Business Winner: BrownFlynn (Receives Fitbits, monthly RTA passes, private tour of the George V. Voinovich Bridge project, bike helmets and t-shirts)
Small Non-Profit Winner: Bike Cleveland ($2,500 grant to spend on sustainable transportation items, such as bike racks, bike fix-it stations, transit passes, electric vehicle charging stations, etc.)
Non-Profit Institutions and Government Winner: Cleveland Museum of Natural History ($3,500 grant to spend on sustainable transportation items, such as bike racks, bike fix-it stations, transit passes, electric vehicle charging stations, etc.)
Examples of award winning actions that encourage employees to use alternative transportation include:
• Providing free or subsidized transit passes to employees
• Offering secure outdoor and indoor parking for bicycles
• Providing showers, changing areas and lockers for bicyclists and pedestrians
• Allowing employees to telecommute and have flexible work schedules
NOACA encourages all employers in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain and Medina counties to apply for a Commuter Choice Award in 2017.
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The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) is a transportation and environmental planning agency that represents state, county, city, village, and township officials in Greater Cleveland. NOACA addresses the transportation, air quality, and water quality needs of Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain and Medina counties. The agency and its partners cooperatively develop and implement plans to ensure that travel throughout the region is safe, cost-effective and environmentally sound. NOACA’s vision is to STRENGTHEN regional cohesion, PRESERVE existing infrastructure, and BUILD a sustainable multimodal transportation system to SUPPORT economic development and ENHANCE quality of life in Northeast Ohio.
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