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Efforts to Promote Commuter Alternatives and Benefits Win EPA Awards

Release Date: 09/28/2005
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Contact: John Millett, 202-564-4355 /

(9/28/05) Yahoo!, Nortel, AstraZeneca, Valley Metro Regional Public Transportation Authority and North Texas Clean Air Coalition are among the companies and organizations with leading professionals who recently won EPA awards for efforts to conserve fuel, reduce air pollution and ease traffic congestion across the country. Forty-three recipients were presented with the First Annual Best Workplaces for Commuters Race to Excellence Awards. Some of the efforts include: adding new alternatives for commuters, expanding tele-commuting programs, increasing ride-sharing, and promoting public transportation and commuter benefits in their local areas.

The goal of the Best Workplaces for Commuters program is to offer alternatives to driving alone to reduce air pollution, traffic congestion, and fuel usage. EPA estimates that Best Workplaces for Commuters employers have prevented 2.9 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions and conserved nearly 388 million gallons of fuels since the program began in 2001.

For a list of winners and additional information about EPA's Best Workplaces for Commuters Race to Excellence program, visit: