Last month the 5th annual Excellence in Commuter Options Awards (ECO) was held at the State Street Pavilion at Fenway Park, and MASCO members shone brightly.
The ECO Awards celebrate Massachusetts employers and their efforts to reduce congestion and greenhouse gas emissions by encouraging employees to utilize green transportation options. Employers encourage employees to travel to work by public transit, bicycling, walking or through the promotion of carpools and vanpools.
MASCO members Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) both received Spotlight Awards for Leadership in Innovation and Outstanding Leadership in Commuter Engagement, respectively. BCH’s Employee Transportation Coordinator Arina Jean-Chaplin was recognized for her efforts to support sustainable changes in transportation, encourage the use of commuter options and reduce drive-alone trips.
MassDOT Secretary Stephanie Pollack addressed the crowd: “The Massachusetts employers recognized today are helping the Commonwealth by encouraging more environmentally friendly commuting options that will enhance our communities by providing a healthier and cleaner environment. “Within the past calendar year, Massachusetts employers saw an increase of over 7,000 commuters participating in commuter options programs, resulting in a reduction of over 11,000 tons of emissions from entering our air.”
MASCO received the ECO Pinnacle Award along with members BCH, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, BIDMC, Harvard Medical School, Emmanuel College, Merck and Simmons College. Both Simmons and Emmanuel progressed to Pinnacle status from Leader status last year.
Pictured above: MassDOT Secretary Stephanie Pollack and BCH Employee Transportation Coordinator Arina Jean-Chaplin