George Brown College achieves gold status as a Smart Commute Employer

St_ James bike racksThere are so many reasons to be proud to be a part of the George Brown College community, and now we're giving you one more: we've achieved gold status as a Smart Commute Employer.

George Brown encourages its employees to reduce their carbon footprint by walking, cycling, taking transit or carpooling to work. Metrolinx—the provincial transit agency—recognized our efforts by awarding us our gold status as part of their Smart Commute program. That means George Brown is now eligible for the 2015 Smart Commute Employer of the Year award.

"It's very cool," said Stephanie Foster, George Brown's green team sustainability coordinator, about reaching gold status. "It reinforces what we're doing is good and being appreciated beyond the college, by our community and the city."

The college's green team used the results of an employee commuting survey to launch initiatives to promote greener ways to get to work. The team hosted a cycling maintenance workshop this past summer, increased bike parking at Casa Loma and St. James campuses, facilitates carpooling and is hoping to launch prioritized parking for hybrid vehicles at Casa Loma campus.

Here are some highlights from the 2013 George Brown College commuter survey:

  • 52 per cent of the 649 employees polled said they take public transit to work
  • 24 per cent drive to work alone
  • Nine per cent walk to work
  • Eight per cent cycle
  • Three per cent carpool

Stay tuned: The George Brown green team will also host two more cycling workshops this fall, for staff and students, on rules for cyclists on the roads and another on winterizing your bike and riding in bad weather.

Hey students! What are you doing to reduce your carbon footprint? What's your preferred way of getting to and from class? Let us know on Twitter and/or Facebook.