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Chittenden County Employers Receive National Recognition as Best Workplaces for Commuters

On October 7, 2015, eight employers in Chittenden County received the national designation of Best Workplaces for CommutersSM by the National Center for Transit Research (NCTR)  located at the University of South Florida, an internationally recognized resource for transportation policy and education.  The recognition took place on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 4:30pm at Champlain College’s new Center for Communication & Creative Media building.

Honored Employers Include:

  • Champlain College
  • Chittenden Area Transportation Management Association (CATMA)
  • Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission
  • City of Burlington
  • Global Foundries
  • Seventh Generation
  • University of Vermont
  • University of Vermont Medical Center

The “Best Workplaces for Commutersdesignation acknowledges employers who have excelled at implementing environmentally friendly commuter programs, including subsidized transit passes, ride matching services and a Guaranteed Ride Home Program.  “Offering commuter benefits is a win-win situation for employees who change their commuting habits, save time, money and stress and for employers who gain a competitive edge in employee recruiting and retention”, said Julie Bond, NCTR’s national program manager for Best Workplaces for Commuters.

“It is very exciting to formally congratulate our members and employers, who offer an attractive suite of commuter benefits and transportation options to their employees,” says Sandy Thibault, CATMA’s Executive Director.  CATMA was formed in 1992 by Champlain College, University of Vermont and University of Vermont Medical Center with a mission to jointly plan and manage safe, convenient and economical transportation and parking to better coordinate land use and reduce environmental impacts.   Thibault adds, “It is also a pleasure to welcome our new business members, who join our founding institutions, in leading and improving transportation choices for commuters in Burlington and Chittenden County through collaborative efforts.”

Best Workplaces for CommutersSM   is a voluntary partnership program designed to promote energy conservation by reducing traffic congestion and related air pollution.  The program was initiated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and United States Department of Transportation in 2002. The program challenges employers across the country to meet the National Standard of Excellence.