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Mohawk College wins Smart Commute Award

Mohawk College has won the inaugural 2012 Parsons Brinckerhoff Employee Engagement Award from Smart Commute.

The new award recognizes a Smart Commute employer that has demonstrated exceptional leadership, innovation and success in getting employees to re-think commuting. The winner is selected by the Smart Commute Awards Review Panel from four nominations.

Smart Commute, a program of Metrolinx and the municipalities in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, help local employers and commuters explore different commute choices like carpooling, cycling and transit.

In announcing the award, Smart Commute said "The team at Mohawk has gone beyond the standardized surveys to gather opinions and feedback, implementing focus groups to engage in meaningful dialogue their stakeholders that have led to significant program initiatives.

One student-led initiative resulted in the creation of a Secure Bike Parking Program to monitor students’ use of bicycles and to encourage more cycling by providing secure facilities. An innovative spin on their Discount Transit Pass program for staff offers a 50 per cent discount to anyone who refers a colleague to the Smart Commute program.

The team systematically measures the social, financial and environmental impacts of their involvement in Smart Commute, as well as participation rates."