Smart Commute Awards

Save the Date for the 2016 Smart Commute Awards!

The 2016 Smart Commute Awards will take place on Thursday, November 24th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Now in its 10th year, the Smart Commute Awards recognize local businesses for their outstanding efforts to help employees get to work by walking, cycling, taking transit, carpooling and telework instead of driving alone.

Recent Smart Commute Award winners within the Markham and Richmond Hill network include :

AMD, Winner of the 2014 Smart Commute Employer of the Year Award
AMD has been a partner with Smart Commute Markham, Richmond Hill since 2007. With programs to help employees carpool, take transit, cycle and telework, AMD has lead the way in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and providing healthy transportation choices while working to improve employee job satisfaction and recruitment. Since joining the program, AMD has grown registration in their Markham Commuter program by 170% (142 to 383). Recently their global program exceeded 8 million km of driving avoided and $175,000 USD. Lastly, AMD’s global commuter emissions have decreased 41% since 2009. At the Markham campus every 4 in 10 employees commute by a sustainable mode.

The success of the AMD program can be accredited to the combination of corporate and site leadership, employee involvement and the dedicated Smart Commute ambassadors who work at the Markham AMD campus. Highlights over the years include winning the Smart Commute Markham, Richmond Hill Employer of the Year in 2009 and being Runner-Up in 2011. This year AMD held an Electric Vehicle EXPO with multiple vendors including Plug n’ Drive, CAASCO, Powerstream, Sun Country Highway, and more, to showcase the benefits of going electric and to promote their newly installed Electric Vehicle Charging Station. Besides this, AMD has displayed an involvement in all of the major Smart Commute campaigns and are part of the Smart Commute Markham, Richmond Hill Advisory Committee.

Honda Canada, winner of the 2014 Smart Commute “Rising Star” Award
Honda has installed 24 carpool parking spots for their employees and have over 50 employees in carpools. Smart Commute and Honda partnered to host a Nordic Pole Walking clinic for employees and since then have started a walking club that meets regularly. Honda Canada is the first car manufacturer to join the Smart Commute program and are setting the bar for others.

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