A popular bumper sticker reads “Think Locally, Act Globally.” Cartus has followed that directive and has been honored for doing its part in making the planet a greener place.
In early January, the Best Workplaces for Commuters program managed by the University of South Florida’s National Center for Transit Research named Cartus as a gold winner in the 2010 “Race to Excellence” Virtual Awards Ceremony.
A total of 23 companies, institutions, and individuals were recognized in the “Best of” gold, silver, and bronze categories. Among other gold winners were the state of Arizona, the Mayo Clinic, Microsoft, Stanford University, Verizon California, and Virginia Tech.
The awards recognize those that took exemplary steps to offer alternatives to employees driving alone, thereby reducing air pollution, traffic congestion, and fuel from January 1, 2010 to October 15, 2010.
Cartus’ Danbury office has taken several steps to promote environmentally friendly commuting. The Cartus Conservation Committee hosted an Annual Ride Share Day on October 6, 2010. On that day, 112 employees shared rides resulting in emissions reduced by 1.3 tons and saving approximately 135 gallons of gas.
The company won a silver award in the 2009 “Race to Excellence” Virtual Awards Ceremony.
In June, then-Governor M. Jodi Rell of Connecticut cited Cartus as one of three companies most successful in reducing drive-alone car trips. The announcement was made as part of the 2010 Earth Day Commuter Challenge.
The Danbury office has monthly Transit Days to encourage employees to share a ride and to consider an alternative to driving solo, such as carpooling or taking the bus or train. Cartus invites employees to use MetroPool to help employees find commuting options in Connecticut and New York. The company offers a quarterly NuRide preferred parking space raffle for employees who use the NuRide commuting service that matches employees with other ride sharers. In 2010, employees arranged 14,893 trips through NuRide, saving 15,942 car trips, 359,441 miles, and 16,274 gallons of gas. The program reduced emissions by 159 tons and saved employees at total of $67,008.