Transportation + Carbon Emission
Reducing the use of fossil fuels in work related transportation reduces carbon emissions and fuel expenses, and it provides opportunities for employees to live a healthier, more active lifestyle.
COMPLETE THE FIRST credit AND CHOOSE AT LEAST eight OPTIONS FROM THE LIST BELOW AND LET US KNOW WHEN YOU'RE FINISHED:
create a transportation policy
Hold a staff meeting to discuss your commitment to reducing carbon emissions and then draft a transportation policy based on the feedback. Think about how employees commute as well as any transportation directly associated with your business operations. This is a great way to begin a dialogue with employees about how to change their attitudes and behavior regarding transportation. Let them know you are interested in their feedback and are willing to work through any perceived barriers in participating.
Complete EIGHT more tasks either from the options below or custom solutions for your business.
Employee Carpooling/Ridesharing Program
Carpooling can be an easy way to reduce carbon emissions and works well when someone is specifically designated to co-ordinate the program. If you have a small business where carpooling may be unfeasible, look to establish ride sharing partnerships with other business to increase opportunities for ride sharing. There may exist rideshares already set up in your areas that could be a viable option for some employees. It is good idea to have people meet up at a common location, like a coffee shop, if it is not convenient to have front door pick up. There are several websites to aid in creating a program or get into an existing rideshare program; just search for “carpool websites” in your web browser, or try this app.
Offer LEV Parking in Desired Parking Locations
Encourage the use of Low Emission Vehicles (LEV) by designating desirable parking spots for their sole use. A LEV is a vehicle that emits relatively low levels of air pollutants when compared to similar conventional car models.
Provide Information About Reducing Transportation Emissions
Make information about options for reducing transportation emissions for employees and customers easily available to encourage their participation. Place information in a highly visible area where people feel free to browse at their leisure. Please consult green|spaces if you would like ideas and access to this type of information.
Post Signage Encouraging People to Use the Stairs Instead of the Elevator
If your facility has stairs, post provided signage by elevators encouraging occupants to use the stairs for health benefits. It can be a good stretch after sitting for a long period, good exercise, and will save energy as well. Make sure your stairwells are clean, properly lit, secure, and clean so that people aren’t deterred to use them.
Source Environmentally Conscious Hotels When Traveling
Hotels that are environmentally friendly usually have programs that save water, save energy and reduce solid waste. Not only are these hotels good to the earth, but they also work to reduce fumes, toxic residues and chemicals so guest are not absorbing or breathing them. Verify this is done through the online certification application.
The Crash Pad is a green|light preferred provider for eco-conscious accommodations for your company and visiting clientele in Chattanooga.
Trip Advisor has a simple green filter that you can use when searching for hotels.
The full list of TN Green Hospitality Properties is available here.
Install Bike Racks and Keep a Bike Tire Repair Kit and Pump on Site
Providing a place where employees and visitors can secure their bike and make adjustment or repairs as necessary helps encourage biking as alternative transportation to reduce VMT and carbon emissions. Tubes, tire levers, a patch kit and a pump are typically included in a basic repair kit and can be found at local bike stores.
Offer Discounted Bus Fare
CARTA bus service offers an affordable way to get around while reducing your carbon footprint. Incentivize your employees to ride the bus by offering to pay the difference for reduced fare. For more information visit CARTA.
Join Chattanooga Bike Share
Did you know that after joining, the first hour of riding is free with Chattanooga Bike Share? If your office is located in proximity to their bike stations, consider joining the program to provide your employees with a fossil free option for running errands and getting lunch. For more information about the program visit
CREATE A VEHICLE MILES TRAVELED (VMT) BASELINE
Ask all employees to log Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) for their typical work week (exclude typical days off work) and multiply that number by 50 to get an average VMT each year per employee. Then sum all employees annual VMT to get your company’s annual VMT. This number will be utilized in the following strategies to reduce carbon emissions. Submit this baseline number as part of your certification application.
Offer Opportunities for Telecommuting and Flex Scheduling
Telecommuting and/or flex scheduling provides numerous benefits to employees and the environment, such as: reduced traffic congestion, improved air quality, reduction in fuel consumption, and less demand on transportation infrastructure. For an explanation and ideas for developing your own telecommuting and/or flex scheduling visit HERE.
Encourage Errands on Foot, Bicycle, or Public Transportation
Ask your employees to let you know what neighborhood services they use most often. Perhaps someone knows a great restaurant right around the corner or a favorite dry cleaner close by. Create a list, or better a map outlining what services are in the neighborhood and encourage employees to walk, bike, or take pubic transportation to do their errands.
As part of this credit, team up with local non-profit GreenTrips and participate in their Partnership Program to educate your staff, get monthly reporting on your environmental impact, financial savings, and health benefits gained through greener transportation. GreenTrips has several incentives built into their programs, but you could consider creating your own company incentive program to encourage participation in this effort
Implement a No Idling Policy for Fleet Vehicles
Have a strict no idling policy for all fleet vehicles. Idling wastes gas and money, and it releases unnecessary emissions in to the atmosphere. According to the Hinkle Charitable Trust, engineers estimate that only if an engine is restarted within 5 to 10 seconds of being turned off is it more fuel efficient to leave it running. Implement a no idling more than 10-second rule: If you anticipate idling for longer than 10 seconds, turn off the engine and restart when you are ready to drive. Note: idling is not sitting at a red light, but is sitting waiting on a train. Also, post signage inside each vehicle reinforcing the no idling policy.