Thursday, May 22, 2008

Planes, Trains and Automobiles... Oh My!

I am an ETC who manages the CTR at LNT.

In a world without the three-letter acronyms, this actually means that I am serving as the Employee Transportation Coordinator (ETC), who will be working toward managing a Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) program for Leave No Trace (Leave No Trace).

Why? As one internal environmental initiative, the staff at the Center is partnering with GO Boulder and the City of Boulder to reduce the cost and carbon footprint of our operations by reducing vehicle trips and changing our employee behavior. In a town where 53 percent of its residents drive alone to work, and 80 percent of individuals who commute in to the town drive alone, a corporate carbon footprint is a big deal. Reducing employee dependence on vehicles is the key, but how varies from business to business.

To find out the answers for Leave No Trace, the staff is undertaking an internal assessment this week to qualify & quantify their personal behaviors & transportation patterns. Once individual responses are compiled, GO Boulder will be able to offer strategies that are available in our area, and conducive to our workplace's culture, like a pool bike program for errands during the day, teleworking, or Eco Passes for the bus system.

We'll keep you posted on what we find out, and where we will go next!

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