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GRANITE CITY — Hundreds of businesses, organizations and institutions in the St. Louis region promote carpooling and vanpooling to their employees, and RideFinders, the St. Louis region’s free rideshare program, is recognizing five of them with the first ever “Regional Sustainability Awards.”
The 2014 recipients of the RideFinders Regional Sustainability Awards are: Ameren Corp., the Boeing Co., Citicorp, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and Washington University. The award recognizes employers that actively promote sustainable transportation and support the efforts of RideFinders to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality.
“These employers go above and beyond to encourage staff or students to carpool or vanpool,” RideFinders spokesman SJ Morrison said. “We are extremely grateful for their commitment to sustainability and wanted to publicly recognize them for their efforts.”
Established in 1994, RideFinders works with more than 700 employers to help individuals get to work or class in a carpool or vanpool. Using RideFinders’ free online ride-matching program, nearly 10,000 commuters participate, throughout the nine-county St. Louis region. Although many employers actively promote ridesharing, the first five recipients were selected because of the level of employee participation and engagement by their on-site Employee Transportation Coordinator (ETC). “Each employer designates a member of their staff to serve as the RideFinders ETC,” Morrison said. “These individuals not only help us administer the program, they act as our ambassadors and we couldn’t do it without them.”
The following ETCs were awarded with a trophy, made from recycled glass, for their efforts:
Wendy York (Ameren Corporation), Paul Kieffer (National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency), Brenda Culver (Citicorp), Rosemary Paul (The Boeing Company), and Andy Heaslet and Melanie Strowmatt (Washington University).
With the assistance of participating employers, RideFinders’ carpools remove nearly 4,500 vehicles and 150,000 driving miles from the region’s roads every day. Not only are participants helping the environment by reducing vehicle emissions, they are also saving money and enjoying a hassle-free ride to work or class.
RideFinders also works with area schools to develop “Schoolpools” for students in kindergarten to 12th grade. Individuals who would like to learn more about the RideFinders program are encouraged to visit www.RideFinders.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call (800) 847-7433 or find the organization on Facebook.
“RideFinders has been a great partner to our alternative commuting program,” said the Boeing Co.’s ETC Rosemary Paul. “By promoting ridesharing (carpools and vanpools), they have helped ease traffic congestion on our parking lots by reducing the number of single-occupant vehicles.”
RideFinders is operated by Madison County Transit and is funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality program with support from the Missouri Department of Transportation, the Illinois Department of Transportation and the East-West Gateway Council of Governments.