Environmental impacts associated with transporting members of the workforce can represent a major part of an organization's environmental footprint.
The direct measurement of transportation activity is shown here. Measuring vehicle use and reducing it (e.g. by using teleconferencing technology, carpooling) is the most efficient way to reduce transportation impacts. Ecology currently tracks and reports vehicle miles traveled in four categories. Employee commuting-to-work statistics are not currently reported to the Office of Financial Management and are not accurately tracked, although they are surveyed for our Commute Trip Reduction Program.
|Fiscal Year 2011 Miles Traveled|
(MP Daily Trips)
Ecology Initiatives to Reduce Transportation Impacts
Travel required for business:
- Purchased hybrid vehicles (now 31 percent of total fleet)
- Twenty percent reduction in agency fuel consumption between 2007 and 2009
- Instituted carpooling system for work travel when feasible
- Video conference system used to reduce travel between Ecology offices
Employees commuting to work:
- Alternative transportation incentive program at Lacey facility
- Lacey employees participate in Commute Trip Reduction program and many offices take part in Wheel Options and other commuter programs
- Ecology funded bus passes available
- Wellness program and culture
- Voluntarily charge for employee parking in order to fund CTR program in Lacey
- Extensive telework system
- The bicycle commuters are supported at the Lacey headquarters building by the newly installed bike repair station. Employee can use the station and its tools to work on their bikes. The station has a stand, a manual air pump, Phillips and flat head screwdrivers, Allen wrenches, a Torx wrench, a headset wrench, a pedal wrench, some box wrenches, and two tire levers.
- Between 30 and 70 employees per month used bikes to commute during 2011. The number often varied depending on the month and the weather.