U.S. Environmental Protection Agency names KSU one of Best Workplaces for Commuters(SM)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has named Kennesaw State University as one of the Best…

Georgia (May 24, 2006) — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency names KSU one of Best Workplaces for Commuters(SM)

Karen Kennedy

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Contact: Frances Weyand Harrison‚ Director of University Relations‚ 770−423−6203 or fharris4@kennesaw.edu


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has named Kennesaw State University as one of the Best Workplaces for Commuters(SM) among colleges and universities. For the first time ever EPA is releasing a national list of innovative college and university employers committed to improving air quality‚ saving energy and reducing traffic congestion while improving quality of life for employees.

The Best Workplaces for Commuters(SM) among colleges and universities list recognizes employers who offer outstanding commuter benefits for their employees. Kennesaw State University was included on this list for offering benefits such as carpooling‚ vanpooling‚ guaranteed ride home and CCT program.

“At Kennesaw State University‚ we understand that workdays do not start at our desk‚ but at our home‚” said Lashonda Scott‚ coordinator for the KSU Rideshare program. “As employers‚ we must do all that we can to encourage options to driving alone so that employees arrive refreshed‚ renewed and ready to tackle the day.”

KSU is one of 72 campuses designated as Best Workplaces for Commuters. These academic institutions distinguish themselves from the competition and demonstrate their environmental leadership by offering commuter benefits meeting EPA’s National Standard of Excellence. For a complete list of Best Workplaces for Commuters among colleges and universities visit www.bwc.gov.

“We are pleased to recognize the efforts made by universities to provide commuter benefits that encourage employees to find alternative ways to commute to work‚ other than driving alone‚” said Margo Oge‚ EPA’s director of the office of air quality and transportation. “By giving their employees these options universities like Kennesaw State University are helping to improve air quality‚ save energy and reduce traffic congestion.”

Altogether the campuses on the list reduce the greenhouse gas CO2 by more than 300‚000 metric tons a year‚ a valuable contribution toward addressing climate change. In addition‚ they are saving their employees $86 million in gasoline costs. Kennesaw State University is reducing CO2 by approximately 1‚379 metric tons per year and saving employees in Cobb County $457‚618 in gasoline costs.

To qualify as one of the Best Workplaces‚ organizations must provide:

At least one primary commuter benefit‚ which can include a monthly transit/vanpool pass subsidy‚ cash in lieu of free parking or a significant telework program.

At least three supporting commuter benefits‚ which can include carpool/vanpool incentives‚ lockers/showers for bikers or walkers‚ incentives for living near work or onsite amenities such as day care or dry cleaning.

A central point of contact for information — a person who actively informs employees of available commuter benefits.

Access to a regional or employer−provided emergency/guaranteed ride home program.

For more information contact Lashonda Scott at (770) 499−3321 or by email at lscott24@kennesaw.edu or visit the KSU Web site: http://www.kennesaw.edu/ehs/ehs_rideshare.shtml

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Best Workplaces for Commuters is a free and voluntary program that recognizes employers nationwide that offer a comprehensive package of commuter benefits. Participating organizations must meet a National Standard of Excellence as defined by program criteria. Best Workplaces for Commuters improve employee job satisfaction and save money from reduced payroll taxes. Employees enjoy reduced stress and delays caused by driving alone to work and save money by using employer−provided commuter benefits and reducing use of personal vehicles. Visit www.bwc.gov for more information.


Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population exceeding 18‚500 from 132 countries. The third largest state university out of 34 institutions in the University System of Georgia‚ KSU offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


 

A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu

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