The application deadline for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments' Commuter Connections program has been extended to February 5. The awards recognize regional employers who adopt alternative commuting methods such as transit, teleworking, carpooling/vanpooling and bicycling. These methods help to mitigate traffic congestion and provide for cleaner air through reduced auto emissions.
Awards are made in three categories: incentives, marketing and telework. An employer in the region is eligible if it initiated, enhanced or expanded an alternative commute or telework program that were in place by January 1, 2015.
Applications are evaluated by a committee that chooses winners “based on their ability to offer measurable commuter benefits that reduce automobile fuel consumption and emissions through fewer vehicle trips and miles traveled.”