UNC-Chapel Hill Transportation and Parking has again been recognized at GoTriangle’s Golden Modes awards ceremony for its dedication to commuter access, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and long-running history of service to the University.
On Nov. 9, 2017, Triangle Best Workplaces for Commuters presented Transportation and Parking with the Best Workplaces for Commuters Longevity Award in recognition of their 15-year collaboration; UNC Transportation and Parking is the longest participating university partner with their organization. Transportation demand manager, Amanda Simmons, and associate vice chancellor of campus enterprises and chief sustainability officer, Brad Ives, accepted the award on behalf of the University.
“It’s great to see the Transportation and Parking department, under director Cheryl Stout’s leadership, receive recognition for all the work they do to impact commuter behavior and create positive change for our community,” Ives said. “Not only does this award represent efforts to reduce traffic congestion and parking needs on-campus, it also emphasizes our commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the University’s Three Zeros Environmental Initiative.”
Carolina has a history of excellence in commuter access and greenhouse gas emission reduction. In 2016 the University launched the Three Zeros Environmental Initiative. One of the goals is to reduce the net value of greenhouse gas emissions from campus to zero. Transportation and Parking’s commuter program is a key stakeholder in this initiative by providing ride and bike share programs, point-to-point transportation, park and ride options and partnering with local transit authorities. That same year, the Transportation and Parking department received Honorable Mention in the Employer Commute Champion category at the Golden Modes.
In addition to departmental recognition, two Carolina employees were also recognized for their individual excellence in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Katy Lang received the Golden Sneaker award for her commitment to walking and taking public transit. Lang has lived without a car since 2010 and walks or takes the bus to UNC-Chapel Hill every day.
Peter Leousis received honorable mention at the Golden Modes for his commitment to ride his bike 40 miles round-trip every day he is able. In addition to engaging in healthy and sustainable modes of transportation, Leousis is also actively involved in community outreach to advocate for cyclists in Orange County through the Orange County Bike Safety Task Force.
The Three Zeros Environmental Initiative is an initiative from Chancellor Folt’s Blueprint for Next.