Commuter Solutions Announces Diamond Award Winners for 2012Posted by heather on November 8, 2012
Program Coordinator, Maggi Lubov, also recognized with Commute Smart Award for her years of leadership
SEATTLE, WA – November 8, 2012 – Commuter Solutions, a program of the EDC that assists King County employers in reducing commute trips through education and partnerships, announced the winners of its prestigious Diamond Awards for 2012. Diamond Awards winners are innovative leaders in reducing commute trips for their employees. The award winners were recognized November 5, 2012, at the 19th Annual Commuter Solutions Diamond Awards, held in collaboration with the Governor’s Commute Smart Awards in Olympia, WA. Three of the 2012 Diamond Award winners also received Commute Smart Awards.
Commuter Solutions’ program coordinator, Maggi Lubov, also received the Washington State Ridesharing Organization Award for Excellence, a Commute Smart Leadership Award, in recognition of her years of leadership and dedication to commute trip reduction. In addition to her work with Commuter Solutions, Ms. Lubov is also the CTR Coordinator for the City of Tukwila, and previously held positions with the Overlake Transportation Management Association (now the GRTMA), King County Metro, and as a CTR consultant for numerous organizations.
“By providing employees with transportation solutions that work, this year’s Diamond Award winners have demonstrated the real-world impact of a triple bottom line: improving the financial bottom line, raising employee morale, and preserving our community’s quality of life. It truly is a win-win-win solution for everyone,” said Commuter Solutions Executive Director Steve Gerritson. “And we’re so proud that Maggi was recognized with a Commute Smart Award for her tireless work on commute trip reduction throughout our region. Her dedication and spirit of teamwork are second-to-none and this award could not have gone to a more deserving person.”
Commute trip reduction programs implemented by employers are one of the most cost-effective approaches to improving local transportation mobility. The winners of the Diamond Awards are selected by a review panel of transportation experts who look to reward those organizations for their innovative and successful efforts to reduce commute trips among their workforce. Diamond Award winners implement a variety of innovative programs to reduce commute trips including incentives for motivating employees to bus, carpool, vanpool, bicycle, walk, work compressed schedules, or telework.
The 1991 Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Law, introduced as part of the Washington State Clean Air Act, is a transportation success story in Washington State. Worksites that participate in the CTR program remove nearly 30,000 vehicles off of Washington’s roads each workday morning. CTR commuters reduced petroleum consumption in Washington State by 3 million gallons in the last biennium, saving approximately $30 million and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 69,000 metric tons annually.
This year five organizations received special recognition as winners of the Diamond Ring Award for Outstanding Leadership, awarded annually to those organizations that have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to expanding their commute trip reduction efforts year after year. This year’s Diamond Ring Award winners were: BECU, CH2M HILL, Group Health, Seattle Children’s, and University of Washington – Seattle.
Organizations that received Diamond Awards for Organizational Leadership included: City of Bellevue; Costco Wholesale Corporation; Parsons Brinckerhoff; and PATH.
Diamond Awards for Employee Transportation Coordinator Leadership were also presented to four individuals: Deric Gruen, Bellevue College; Hossein Barahimi, King County Government; Katie Bontempo, Menzies Aviation; and Natasha Nelson-Smith, Financial Pacific Leasing.
Awards for Special Achievements were presented to: City of Auburn for Achievement Using Compressed Work Schedule; Microsoft Corporation for Outstanding Commute Innovation Focused on Bicycling; and Outdoor Research for the Gold Star Award for “Clear the Lot Day” Promotion.
Commuter Solutions’ mission is to improve regional mobility to protect and sustain the environment in the Puget Sound region. Formerly known as “Commuter Challenge,” the organization works in collaboration with public agencies to provide information, technical assistance, and incentives to employers and employees to help reduce the number of vehicles on the road; while also working with public and private entities to develop and implement innovative programs to encourage changes in individual behavior; and proposing and supporting policies that offer real solutions to transportation problems. For more information visit: www.commutersolutions.org.
2012 Commuter Challenge Diamond Awards Winners
Diamond Ring Award for Outstanding Leadership
- CH2M HILL
- Group Health
- Seattle Children’s
- University of Washington – Seattle
Diamond Award for Organizational Leadership
- City of Bellevue
- Costco Wholesale Corporation
- Parsons Brinckerhoff
Diamond Award for Employee Transportation Coordinator (ETC) Leadership
- Deric Gruen, Bellevue College*
- Hossein Barahimi, King County Government
- Katie Bontempo, Menzies Aviation
- Natasha Nelson- Smith, Financial Pacific Leasing
Diamond Award for Special Achievement
Achievement Using Compressed Work Schedule
- City of Auburn
Outstanding Commute Innovation Focused on Bicycling
- Microsoft Corporation*
Gold Star Award for “Clear the Lot Day” Promotion
- Outdoor Research
(* denotes those who also received Governor’s Commute Smart Awards)