About the Awards
The Smart Commute Awards were introduced in 2007 to officially recognize employer members and partners who have put forth exceptional effort in implementing their Smart Commute programs. These awards acknowledge outstanding commitment, leadership, innovation and results in active and sustainable travel.
From among the nominations submitted, an independent Awards Review Panel selected an Employer of the Year for each of the six regions within the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, and from those finalists, a Smart Commute Regional Employer of the Year Award was announced.
In addition, the Smart Commute Rising Star Award recognizes a workplace that achieved outstanding success in their first year in the program. And finally, the Smart Commute Champion Award celebrates the ‘above and beyond’ accomplishments of an individual or group whose contribution has been integral to the success of a Smart Commute program anywhere in the region.
New this year we introduced the Bike to School Week Awards. These awards acknowledged the outstanding work done to promote active and sustainable school travel across the region for the Bike to School Week campaign. Each region was recognized for their accomplishment. The Bike to School Week campaign is just one of the larger school travel planning pieces each region supports to encourage active and sustainable travel.
The awards were given out on November 24, 2016 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Scroll down to learn more about the winners.
2016 Employer of the Year – Halton, Town of Halton Hills
Halton Hills is a vital member of the Smart Commute program, advocating for sustainable transportation practices for the last five years. Over the course of 2016, the Town of Halton Hills has continued to support Smart Commute initiatives, concentrating their efforts on cycling and walking activities. The “Noon Hour Ride” in May was a successful, public event that brought in 35 participants, 20 of whom were staff members.
Further to this, the Town of Halton Hills has supported cyclists with the installation of bike lockers and parking as well as the launch of their Bike Share program.
The Town has also invested in a series of active transportation wayfinding signs. The Town is in the process of installing 20 signage ‘trees’, each with five signs, across the community. These signs indicate the distance, on foot or by bike, to key destinations. The signs are located at key transition points, such as Georgetown and Acton GO stations. This program will be expanded with a further 10 signage trees in 2017.
2016 Rising Star Award , Javelin Technologies Inc.
Javelin Technologies joined Smart Commute Halton as a part of their ambitious plan to achieve a net zero carbon footprint by the end of 2016. Javelin targeted reducing single-occupant trips to work and building telework options for training sessions as a central part of their sustainable operations plan.
Javelin launched their Smart Commute membership by partnering with a local bicycle shop to provide free bicycle tune-ups for all employees who ride to work. To further support employees who choose an active commute, washrooms were outfitted with change rooms and showers for employees to freshen up after the trip. To date, 26% of employees on site have joined the Smart Commute online tool and logged 148kg in carbon savings so far!
Smart Commute is proud to recognize Javelin as this year’s Rising Star and looks forward to seeing future sustainable transportation achievements from this inspiring company.