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ECO Awards, Fenway Park, March 28, 2013The Patrick-Murray Administration today celebrated the efforts of more than 130 Massachusetts businesses to promote healthier, more environmentally-friendly commuting at the Massachusetts Excellence in Commuter Options (ECO) Awards ceremony at Fenway Park.

The Administration recognized employers who have been successful in getting their employees to travel by public transit, carpools, vanpools, bicycling or walking.

MassDOT hosted the ECO Awards in collaboration with MassRIDES, the statewide travel options program and MassCommute, the Massachusetts Council of Transportation Management Associations. MassDOT, MassRIDES, and MassCommute actively support employers across the Commonwealth to reduce drive-alone trips to work sites by using public transit, carpools, vanpools, bicycling, walking, and telework.  MassRIDES and MassCommute together have over 700 employer partners and member organizations that support green and healthy transportation options.

“Today we recognized the efforts of these Massachusetts organizations who champion the value of creating opportunities to travel by healthier modes and helping to take cars off of the roads and lessen our environmental footprint," said MassDOT Secretary and CEO, Richard A. Davey. "These goals are key to MassDOT’s vision for a healthier and more sustainable Commonwealth.”

The awards ceremony at Fenway Park celebrated the efforts of over 130 MassRIDES partners and MassCommute members. Ten employers were recognized for outstanding accomplishments, including:

Leadership in Commuter Options
•    AstraZeneca: Alternative Work Arrangements
•    Axcelis Technologies: Bicycling
•    City of Northampton: Walking
•    EBSCO Publishing: Public Transit
•    Mass Mutual: Vanpooling
•    The University of Massachusetts Lowell: Carpooling

Leadership in Commuter Engagement
•    Davis-Marcus Management: Property Manager
•    Foley Hoag LLP: Employer Transportation Coordinator

Rising Star
•    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services

Leadership in Innovation
•    City of Cambridge

The ECO Awards Ceremony is presented with sponsorships from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, vRide, ZipCar, NuRide, URS Corporation, 128 Business Council and the Charles River Transportation Management Association.

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