For the first time, Halton Region has been designated as a Smart Commute Gold Workplace by Smart Commute, a program of Metrolinx. The Smart Commute Workplace designation is an acknowledgement of Halton’s leadership in providing commuter options to benefit its employees.
“Halton Region is proud to be a Smart Commute Gold workplace and setting an example in how small commuting changes can help the community and our workplace,” said Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr. “Halton Region is just one chapter of the smart commuting success story. Smart Commute Halton, in partnership with Metrolinx, has 15 Halton business members that are reducing the number of cars on our roads, preventing greenhouse gas emissions and saving their staff money by encouraging their work teams to participate in smart commuting options.”
The Smart Commute Gold Workplace designation is awarded to outstanding workplaces that demonstrate innovation, focus on measuring their success and achieve significant positive outcomes, while successfully encouraging their employees to choose different ways to get to work other than driving alone.
Last year carpooling by Halton Region employees alone removed 26,758 km of road travel from roads (equivalent to two roundtrip drives from Halifax to Vancouver); prevented 5,810 kg of greenhouse gas emissions (same weight as 53 stainless steel refrigerators); and achieved $16,531 in commuter savings (equivalent to more than 220 fill-ups at the gas station).
In 2011, the 15 Smart Commute Halton member businesses eliminated 172,064 km of road travel (that distance is more than four times around the world); prevented 31,987 kg of greenhouse gas emissions (that weighs as much as nine elephants); and achieved almost $92,000 in commuter savings.
Smart Commute, a program of Metrolinx and the municipalities in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, helps local employers and commuters explore different commute choices like carpooling, cycling and transit. The goal is to ease gridlock, improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions while making commuting less expensive and more enjoyable.
From Halton Region