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BrownFlynn wins 2017 Gold Commuter Choice Award
Posted Date: 9/28/2017 12:00 PM
Sustain_Summit_2017CLEVELAND (Thursday, September 28, 2017) — At the 2017 Sustainable Cleveland Summit, the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) and partners presented the Gold Commuter Choice Award to BrownFlynn for their support of sustainable transportation options for their employees. This year, 24 organizations with more than 100,000 employees participated in the Awards.

NOACA, along with Sustainable Cleveland and Cleveland 2030 District, presents the Commuter Choice Awards to recognize Northeast Ohio organizations that promote environmentally friendly commute options like transit, carpooling, bicycling, walking and telecommuting.

This year, NOACA encouraged Commuter Choice Award participants to boost their scores by creating a subsite on Gohio Commute – Northeast Ohio’s premier ride planning, matching, and logging tool – and participating in a challenge during the month of July. Participating organizations:

• Logged 3,681 alternative commutes
• Saved more than $10,000 in commuting costs
• Burned 263,253 calories biking & walking to work
• Saved 9.2 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions

BrownFlynn, a corporate sustainability and governance consulting firm, relocated their offices to Public Square to make it more accessible for employees who do not drive alone. Employees also logged 270 alternative commutes during the Commuter Choice July Challenge.

“As a corporate sustainability and governance consulting firm, we are committed to doing our part to preserve the planet and enable future generations to thrive,” said Jared Robbins, a Senior Consultant from BrownFlynn. “Reducing our environmental footprint played a large part in our decision to move to downtown Cleveland’s historic Terminal Tower—where we benefit from close proximity to the RTA’s train and bus lines, bike lanes, and wide sidewalks. Eighty percent of our Cleveland staff now walks, bikes, carpools or takes public transit to work.”

All winners of the 2017 Commuter Choice Awards include:
• Gold: BrownFlynn
• Silver: Ohio City, Inc., Cuyahoga County, and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
• Bronze: Thompson Hine and Cleveland Museum of Natural History

“We are very pleased that more and more organizations in Northeast Ohio are encouraging employees to choose alternative commute modes,” said NOACA Executive Director Grace Gallucci. “Even if it’s only once a week, alternative commuting can improve employee wellness, productivity, and retention. It also benefits employers by generating savings through tax benefits, lease costs, and reduced parking demand.”

Examples of award winning actions that encourage employees to use alternative transportation include:
• Providing free or subsidized transit passes to employees
• Offering secure outdoor and indoor parking for bicycles
• Providing showers, changing areas, and lockers for bicyclists and pedestrians
• Allowing employees to telecommute and have flexible work schedules

NOACA encourages all employers in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain and Medina counties to apply for a Commuter Choice Award in 2018.

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The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) is a transportation and environmental planning agency that represents state, county, city, village, and township officials in Greater Cleveland. NOACA addresses the transportation, air quality, and water quality needs of Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain and Medina counties. The agency and its partners cooperatively develop and implement plans to ensure that travel throughout the region is safe, cost-effective and environmentally sound. NOACA’s vision is to STRENGTHEN regional cohesion, PRESERVE existing infrastructure, and BUILD a sustainable multimodal transportation system to SUPPORT economic development and ENHANCE quality of life in Northeast Ohio.

Media Contact: Jocelynn Clemings, Communications and Public Engagement Manager, 216-241-2414, ext. 253 or jclemings@mpo.noaca.org