There are many ways to encourage alternative transportation methods for your staff’s commute. Walking, bicycling, carpooling, public transit, and hybrid/electric vehicles can all help reduce air pollution and harmful emissions.
Bicycling and Walking
Improving your facility’s infrastructure to promote walking and bicycling is a relatively inexpensive, small-scale change that supports alternative transportation and has important ecological benefits. By improving pedestrian and bicycle access to your facility and providing incentives for your staff, your organization can help reduce traffic congestion and air pollution on game days, which benefits the environment as well as the health of fans, employees, and players. Bicycling and walking also help keep people healthier through exercise.
Tips to encourage staff to walk or bike:
- Provide free, convenient, and secure bicycle racks for employees
- Provide shower facilities and lockers for employees
- Provide safe pedestrian walkways to the facility from nearby transit options.
- Explain bicycling options in staff orientation
- Prominently display and distribute pedestrian and bike maps in staff rooms.
- Offer incentives for walking or biking to the venue
- Arrange discounts at local bicycling shops for staff
- Disseminate information concerning bike routes and bicycle-friendly public transportation connections to staff on internal websites or newsletters
- Encourage staff cycling groups and events to promote organization-wide biking.
Carpooling can save your employees money by reducing the amount of gas they buy and money they spend on auto-related upkeep. It also has significant environmental benefits, reducing the emission of harmful pollutants such as carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and volatile organic compounds. Consider the tips and resources below for information on how to increase carpooling to your facility.
- Provide discounted and preferential parking for staff who carpool.
- Actively match employees with those who live nearby.
- Circulate tips for effective and enjoyable carpools on your internal website and in newletters, and use to coordinate carpooling.
- Offer other incentives for carpoolers.
- Use your organization’s internal website to coordinate carpooling or recommend another existing carpooling website to help employees efficiently organize a regular carpool in their area.
Public transportation is often cheaper than travel by car, and increased use of buses, trains, and subways reduces the need for onsite staff parking facilities. Review the ideas and resources below for more information on how encourage employees to commute by public transportation.
Tips to Encourage Public Transit
- Pay or discount cost of employee public transportation passes
- Provide other incentives for employees who take public transportation
- Enter riders of public transportation into game-time raffles, which can provide opportunities for sponsor involvement
- Provide information on your website and in publicity materials on public transit options, including park & ride sites
Incentives for Electric and Hybrid Vehicles
Hybrid and electric vehicles can save money and reduce emissions of harmful gases such as carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide. Consider providing preferential and/or discounted parking for employees who commute in a hybrid or electric vehicle. Also consider installing electric-charging stations at your facility for employees with plug-in vehicles. Even better, consider partnering with sponsors to install solar systems to power electric-charging stations.
There are also state and federal incentives, tax credits, and insurance discounts available for hybrid drivers. Visit the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Hybrid Center and the US Department of Energy’s Fuel Efficient Vehicle Tax Incentive Information Center for a list of state and federal hybrid incentives.
The transportation sector is one of the main sources of smog, carbon monoxide, global warming, and harmful particles that can cause respiratory illnesses and other health problems. Walking and bicycling helps reduce all of these impacts, saves money, and is a healthy way to begin and end the day. Carpooling and using public transportation reduces the total amount of cars on the road, which in turn reduces the many forms of pollution associated with the transportation sector.
In addition, many forms of public transportation use environmentally preferable fuels such as natural gas, electricity, and fuel cells. Using public transportation therefore reduces the transportation sector’s emissions of harmful compounds such as carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds, and particulates. This reduces emissions that can cause smog, global warming, acid rain, and negative health effects