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For Immediate Release
September 23, 2005

Smart Trips Receives National Award

KNOXVILLE , TN. – Earlier this week, Smart Trips received the Bronze Level Award for EPA’s Best Workplaces for Commuters Race to Excellence. The Race to Excellence nationally recognizes commuter programs that are successful in encouraging commute alternatives and promoting the value of commuter benefits in their respective communities. Jill Wolverton, Smart Trips Employer Outreach Coordinator, accepted the award this past Wednesday at the Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT) International Conference. Smart Trips was one of seventeen programs in the nation to receive a Race to Excellence Award in the Network Member Category.

Wolverton accepts award

Smart Trips works with employers throughout the East Tennessee non-attainment region to help develop commuter programs for employees. These programs encourage employees to use alternative transportation to get to work, such as carpool, vanpool, taking the KAT bus, bicycling or walking. By using alternative transportation, commuters can help to reduce the number of drive-alone miles, which saves them money and helps to lessen air pollution.

Providing commuter benefits helps employers address limited or expensive parking, reduce traffic congestion, improve employee recruiting and retention, and minimize the environmental impacts associated with drive-alone commuting. The Best Workplaces for Commuters program publicly recognizes employers whose commuter benefits reach the National Standard of Excellence. Participating companies earn the designation "Best Workplaces for Commuters SM"—a mark of excellence for environmentally and employee-friendly organizations. Several companies in the Knoxville area are working towards earning the Best Workplaces for Commuters SM designation.

Area employers that currently provide Smart Trips programs to their employees include: Alcoa, City of Alcoa, City of Knoxville, Covenant Health, Crown Plaza, Denso, Edison Schools, First Tennessee Bank, Home Federal Bank, ImagePoint, Kimberly-Clark, Knox County , KUB, SAIC, TVA, University of Tennessee, and Y-12. For general information or if you are interested in becoming a Smart Trips employer, visit http://smarttrips.knoxtrans.org or call 215-2916. For more information on Best Workplaces for Commuters, visit www.bwc.gov.