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Virginia Tech awarded gold in Best Workplaces for Commuters Race to Excellence for second consecutive year

February 18, 2011

Amada Chassot holds the certificate in front of a bike.
Amada Chassot, alternative transportation coordinator, holds the framed certificate and gold medal awarded to Virginia Tech by the Best Workplaces for Commuters for the 2010 Race to Excellence.

Virginia Tech was awarded a gold award for the second year in a row for their Alternative Transportation programs, in the Best Workplaces for Commuters (BWC) Race to Excellence for the 2010 year. 

The Race to Excellence is designed to encourage sustainable transportation innovation and recognize organizations that have taken exemplary steps to offer transportation alternatives for their employees, thereby reducing air pollution, traffic congestion, and fuel consumption. There were 23 companies, institutions, and individuals nationwide that were recognized in the 2010 Race to Excellence. The winners were announced in January 2011.

Virginia Tech had previously received the gold award for programs during the 2009 year.

“The fact that we were able to receive the gold standard for two consecutive years shows that the Virginia Tech community continues to embrace alternative transportation to commute to campus,” said Debby Freed, alternative transportation manager at Virginia Tech. 

In addition, in 2006, the last year the Race to Excellence was held prior to the 2009 race, Virginia Tech received the silver award.         

The award for the 2010 award is attributed to new and/or enhanced programs such as the new departmental billing option from U Car Share, Virginia Tech’s support to the new Smart Way buses, the hybrid and articulated Blacksburg Transit buses, a significant increase to carpool participation, the launch of the first Freshman Summer Bike Sale during orientation, and the official online Virginia Tech Ride Board.

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