May 16, 2017
For Immediate Release
Waterloo – Wilfrid Laurier University was recognized at Sustainable Waterloo Region’s (SWR) 8th annual Evening of Recognition for having the greatest increase in sustainable commuting in 2016. The recognition is based on Laurier’s use of TravelWise — a commuting support network for employers.
“With transportation accounting for 40 per cent of the Region’s greenhouse gas emissions, the daily commute is one of the most impactful areas where every single individual can make a difference,” said Tyler Plante, outreach and program coordinator in Laurier's Sustainability Office. “At Laurier, we’re proud to see employees making environmentally positive choices.”
In 2016, Laurier employees decreased their number of driving trips more than any other organization in the Waterloo Region. Cycling and carpooling increased the most — likely due to effective communication strategies, improved bike facilities and new events and programs to encourage cycling during summer months.
“The award recognizes an organization whose employees have made the greatest strides in using sustainable transportation to commute to work,” said Tova Davidson, executive director of SWR. “It’s clear that Laurier's team is supportive of sustainable transportation and actively looks for ways to make it easier for people to choose sustainable options.”
SWR fosters collaboration that enables organizations in Waterloo Region to convert their sustainability interest into action. The TravelWise program allows organizations across Waterloo Region to offer innovative and sustainable transportation options to their employees to reduce the number of single-occupancy vehicles traveling on our roads.
By promoting sustainable transportation choices like walking, cycling, taking public transit, or carpooling, TravelWise eases parking concerns, relieves traffic congestion, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, promotes healthy lifestyles, and improves quality of life.
For more information on Laurier’s sustainability initiatives, visit: wlu.ca/sustainability.
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