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Greater Washington DC Region’s Best Workplaces for Commuters

At the 2003 Commuter Connections Employer Awards, the Greater Washington DC Region’s Best Workplaces for Commuters Coalition recognized 76 employers placed on the first-ever regional Best Workplaces for Commuters list. The list spotlights employers that offer outstanding commuter benefits to employees, thereby cutting traffic and air pollution and improving health and quality of life for formerly stressed-out commuters.

“For many Americans, just getting to work can be a job in itself,” said Nicholas Ramfos, who directs the Commuter Connections program at COG. “These leading companies are helping their employees withdraw from the stressful gridlocked roads and are providing alternatives to driving alone to work so they can live healthier and more productive lives while cutting air pollution at the same time. The improved commuting habits of nearly 71,600 commuters working for the region’s Best Workplaces for Commuters will help reduce more than 50,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year.”

Listed employers must meet a national standard of excellence for commuter benefits by offering employees benefits such as employer-provided transit passes, vanpool subsidies, preferred parking for carpools/vanpools, bike lockers, compressed work schedules, and teleworking options. To qualify as one of the Greater Washington DC Region’s Best Workplaces for CommutersSM, organizations must provide the following:

• A central point-person who actively informs employees of available commuter benefits
• Access to a regional or employer-provided Guaranteed Ride Home program, which is a free service through www.commuterconnections.org
• At least one primary commuter benefit, which can include a monthly transit/vanpool pass subsidy, cash in lieu of free parking, or a significant telecommuting program
• At least three supporting commuter benefits, which can include carpool/vanpool incentives, lockers/showers for bikers and/or walkers, incentives for living near work, or on-site amenities such as day care or dry cleaning

The 1st Annual Greater Washington DC Region’s Best Workplaces for CommutersSM List:

American Intellectual Property Law Association, Arlington, VA
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Rockville, MD
ANSER, Arlington, VA
Army Historical Foundation, Arlington, VA
Association of International Auto Manufacturers, Arlington, VA
Arlington County Board, Arlington, VA
Breakthrough Technologies Institute, Washington, D.C.    
CALIBRE, Alexandria, VA
Calvert Group, Bethesda, MD
CAS, Inc., Arlington, VA
Children’s Environmental Health Network, Washington, D.C.
City of Rockville, Rockville, MD
Clover Management, Arlington, VA
Conservation International, Washington, D.C.
Consumer Electronics Association, Arlington, VA
Council for Exceptional Children, Arlington, VA
Dairy Management Inc., Arlington, VA
Designers and Planner, Inc., Arlington, VA
Destination Sales and Marketing Group, Ltd., Arlington, VA
Discovery Communications, Inc., Silver Spring, MD
Eagle Design & Management, Inc., Bethesda, MD
ECG Management Consultants, Arlington, VA
Educational Research Service, Arlington, VA
Electronic Industries Alliance, Arlington, VA
Electrotek Concepts, Inc., Arlington, VA
ERG, Inc., Arlington, VA
ESI International, Arlington, VA
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Washington, D.C.
Federal Election Commission, Washington, D.C.
Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, Washington, D.C.
Fu Associates, Arlington, VA
Gas Appliances Manufacturers Association, Arlington, VA
GEICO Direct, Chevy Chase, MD
General Services Administration, Washington, D.C.
George Mason University, Arlington, VA
Halliburton, Arlington, VA
High Performance Technologies, Arlington, VA
ICF Consulting Group, Fairfax, VA, and Washington, D.C.
InfoEdge Technology, Arlington, VA
JE Austin Associates, Inc., Arlington, VA
Jorge Scientific Corporation, Arlington, VA
Laughlin, Marinaccio, & Owens, Inc., Arlington, VA
Manufacturer’s Alliance, Arlington, VA
MCG Capital Corporation, Arlington, VA
Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, Washington, D.C.
National Computer Systems, Arlington, VA
National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
National Milk Producers Federation, Arlington, VA
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Arlington, VA 
National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA
National Stone, Sand, and Gravel Association, Alexandria, VA  
National Telecommunications Cooperative Association, Arlington, VA
Number 6 Software, Arlington, VA
Q.E.D. Consulting, LLC, Arlington, VA
RAND, Arlington, VA
Raytheon Systems, Arlington, VA
Reed Fax, Arlington, VA
Social & Scientific Systems, Inc., Silver Spring, MD
Syracuse Research Corporation, Arlington, VA
System Planning Corporation, Arlington, VA
The Aerospace Corporation, Arlington, VA
U.S. Commodities Futures Trading Commission, Washington, D.C.
U.S. Dairy Export Council, Arlington, VA
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C.
U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C.
U.S. Department of Energy, Washington, D.C.
U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, D.C.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C.
U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C.
U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Washington, D.C.
U.S. Sentencing Commission, Washington, D.C.
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Washington, D.C.
WAVA /WABS Radio, Arlington, VA
Westfield Realty, Arlington, VA
WWZZ Radio / WABS Arlington, VA
Wyle Laboratories, Arlington, VA 



Release Date: Jul 15, 2003

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