American Tobacco, a Best Work “SITE” for Commuters
What does your commute look like? Perhaps you’re a cyclist that enjoys the cool morning air as you ride in, or a transit rider that prefers reading your book, or connecting with your neighbors in route to work. Here in the Triangle, we know what a difference a high-quality commute can make in your day. This is why we participate in a national certification program that recognizes the best workplaces in the region for providing exemplary commuter benefits. This program has recently begun the certification of work sites to recognize places and spaces in our community that are creating more vibrant and more fulfilling job centers for us all.
American Tobacco Campus (ATC) is the first certified location in the Triangle to join as a Best Work Site for Commuters. ATC offers onsite amenities such as bike parking, transit amenities and comprehensive wayfinding signage to help direct visitors and staff to available resources. Instead of just a worksite, American Tobacco has become a destination for staff. Incorporating multiple modes and making transportation easy through site planning and development, American Tobacco is leading the way and raising the bar for what a workplace should look like. Notably, as a property manager, ATC recently incorporated a transit GoPass for American Tobacco staff and their tenants’ employees. The ATC GoPass is the worksite for approximately 4,000 employees who are now eligible for a free commute by bus! The ATC GoPass program enables individuals to easily commute via the regional transit system with routes serving much of the Triangle stopping a block away at Durham Station.
Learn more about becoming a certified Best Workplace or Best Worksite location by contacting Mary Sell, Best Workplaces for Commuters Coordinator for the Triangle Region at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-558-9400. Get more program information at www.bestworkplaces.org
Commuter Spotlight: Cyndi Booth
“I just wanted send you a note of thanks for all of the work that you do with the GoTriangle buses. I have been taking the Durham-Raleigh Express (DRX) to work for about a week and a half and I LOVE it. My only regret is that I didn’t start sooner! What a win-win for all. I am helping preserve the environment, meeting new people and saving gas at the same time! AND – I don’t have to deal with the traffic so I am not grumpy when I get home (smile). Keep up the great work!” Happy TTA (now GoTriangle) Customer! Cyndi, City of Durham
What is a fampool and does it qualify for the Emergency Ride Home program and GoPerks? A “fampool” is a group of family members that could have driven to work separately but decided to carpool instead. The only qualification is that at least two of the people in the car be of driving age. This means you can’t count dropping the kids off at daycare or school on the way to work unless your spouse, partner or other adult live-in relative is in the car too. Your “fampool” must be reducing road congestion by at least one car. This opens a world of possibilities for the FREE Emergency Ride Home and GoPerks incentive program. It is advisable to have all employees in a carpool register for the Emergency Ride Home program. Encourage your employer to register as well so that you all can track your trips and redeem prizes like those listed in this month’s list of winners. Click on the links for more information about carpooling, Emergency Ride Home program and GoPerks.
GoPerks Sponsor Spotlight: RTI International
Environmental sustainability is one of RTI International’s many areas of expertise and practice. We are dedicated to improving the human condition through our work and within our organization. Supporting the GoPerks program was a logical extension of our efforts internally to promote a more sustainable community and act as a model for others.
We have also partnered with GoTriangle to establish vanpools for our employees and provide them with subsidies for using mass transit. For employees who choose to bike, we offer a number of amenities to make biking to work an easy option such as showers in the buildings and convenient bike racks. For electric vehicle owners, we have installed charging stations on campus. We recognize that employee commutes represent a portion of our overall greenhouse gas emissions as outlined in our sustainability reporting, and we seek to further promote alternative commuting methods which reduce this environmental impact.
GoPerks sponsors …
This month’s GoPerks winners are…..
Nick Baldino – Cisco – Durham Bulls 2 ticket special
Andy Throgmorton – Digitalsmiths – Cary’s Amphitheatre 2 ticket special
David Matesanz – Duke – $25 Faire Restaurant Gift Card
Mirta Mihovilovic – Duke – $10 Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Gift Card
Julian Xie – Duke – $10 The Oxford Restaurant Gift Card
Holly Leddy – Duke – $10 Only Burger Gift Card
Chandi Quigley – Duke – $10 Saladelia Café Gift Card
Elisa Arevalo Perez – Hazen and Sawyer – $10 Mura at North Hills Gift Card
Kendra Bridges – NC DOT – $5 Cameron Village Gift Card
Pamela Taylor – NC Legislature – $10 Cuban Revolution Gift Card
Kerry White – Parsons Brinckerhoff – Durham Bulls 2 ticket special
Tim Falco – Pfizer – $5 Cameron Village Gift Card
Terry Burns – Pfizer – Cary’s Amphitheatre 2 ticket special
Donna Schaeffer – City of Raleigh – Cary’s Amphitheatre 2 ticket special
Amanda Carroll – State Employees’ Credit Union – $10 Shop Downtown Raleigh Gift Card
Barbara Massey – UNC – $25 Johnny Carino’s Gift Card
Christine Stachowicz – UNC – Durham Bulls 2 Ticket Special
Desere’ Cross – UNC – Durham Bulls 2 ticket special
Elizabeth Kunreuther – UNC – $25 Cameron Bar & Grill Gift Card
Ed Purchase IV – UNC – $5 Tobacco Road Sports Café Gift Card
Ed Purchase IV – UNC – Cary’s Amphitheatre 2 ticket special
Janet Stevens – UNC Health Care – $5 Cameron Village Gift Card
Krista Latta – UNC – Durham Bulls 2 ticket special
Lindis Chetwynd – UNC – $5 Only Burger Gift Card
Lori DelNegro – UNC – $10 Mellow Mushroom Gift Card
Michael McKay – UNC – $50 Medlin Davis Cleaners Gift Card
Nely Dicheva – UNC – $10 Café Carolina Gift Card
Nely Dicheva – UNC – $10 Café Carolina & Bakery – Cameron Village Gift Card
Peter Chow – UNC – $10 Sweet Frog – Chapel Hill Gift Card
Peter Chow – UNC – Durham Bulls 2 ticket special
Phyllis Lee – UNC – $10 Café Carolina & Bakery – Cameron Village Gift Card
Rupali Aggarwal – UNC- $10 Brixx – Cameron Village Gift Card
Sara Tinkham – UNC – Cary’s Amphitheatre 2 ticket special
Sara Levinson – UNC – $25 Zinda Restaurant Gift Card
A huge thank you to all of our GoPerks riders, making the Triangle better one trip at a time!