The city of Bellingham and two local companies were recognized at the 2011 Governor’s Commute Smart Award in early October.
A-1 Builders and Adaptations Design Studio received a Commute Smart Small Employer Champion award for their program that offers financial incentives for employees who walk, bike, share rides or ride the bus to work.
Karen Hollingsworth, the employee transportation coordinator (ETC) for Bellingham Cold Storage, was given a Commute Smart ETC Champion award. Under her leadership, the Bellingham Cold Storage smart commute program has become more effective each year by including space on the company time cards to ask employees how they traveled to work that day.
The city of Bellingham received a Commute Smart Employer Champion award in the large employer category. The city’s program includes subsidized bus passes and bicycles for work-related trips. Since the beginning of the program, city employees have logged nearly 1 million miles of smart commuting.
“This year’s winners are great examples of what can happen when public and private organizations work together to offer commuters better choices that protect the air we breathe,” Marty Loesch, the governor’s chief of staff, said in a press release.
The Commute Smart awards recognize innovation and dedication by communities, businesses, agencies and individuals as they promote walking, bicycling, sharing rides and taking the bus to work.