June 12 , 2006
EPA names Emory one of "Best Workplaces for Commuters" in U.S.
by Beverly Clark
Emory recently was named one of the “Best Workplaces for Commuters” by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the agency’s first annual list of notable schools. Emory is among 72 institutions of higher education that earned the designation as environmental leaders that improve air quality, save energy and reduce traffic congestion in their communities. The U.S. Department of Transportation co-sponsors the program, and Emory first made the EPA’s general list of workplaces in 2001.
All of Emory’s commuter options are also available to Clifton Corridor Transportation Management Association members, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Veterans Administration Medical Center, American Cancer Society and other institutions adjacent to the University.
This fall Emory will nearly double its shuttle routes; the shuttle system is free and available to anyone, including routes to and from Decatur. More than half of University buses are alternatively fueled (compressed natural gas and electric) and Emory is developing a recycled biodiesel program (creating fuel from its own used cooking oil) that should help fuel the rest of the fleet by fall.
“We are honored to receive this recognition as Emory works toward more comprehensive sustainability in all of our operations,” said Laura Ray, associate vice president for transportation and parking services.
Emory’s efforts to help ease traffic congestion and improve air quality have been recognized each year since 2000 by the Clean Air Campaign, and the University has been cited by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a “green campus.”