Advanced Micro Devices
AMD aims for environmental excellence in all aspects of our business, and we view how our 12,000+ employees get to/from work as an important part of that mission. Our international award-winning commuter program – Go Green – provides significant and measurable benefits for our employees, the communities in which we work, and the natural environment.
The goal of Go Green is to save AMDers money and enhance their quality of life while embodying AMD’s environmental values and improving work productivity. We designed our commuter program by identifying our employees’ barriers and motivators to using alternative transportation, and then providing programs and incentives to make the choice for sustainable transportation as easy as possible. The Go Green weekly newsletter and website promotes a lifestyle approach to sustainability by engaging participants to take action home, in route, and at the workplace.
We will breathe easier when the air over every American city is clean and Pure. We will breathe easier when the air in our public spaces, workplaces and children’s homes is free of secondhand smoke. We will breathe easier when Americans are free from the addictive grip of cigarettes and the debilitating effects of lung disease. We will breathe easier when our nation’s children no longer battle airborne poisons that bring the fear of an asthma attack.
Until then, we are fighting for air.
ACC serves over 40,000 students in Central Texas each semester. Commuting is the single most significant contributor to the Carbon Footprint for ACC, and through partnership with Commute Solutions ACC is able to better serve its students in their pursuit of alternative commuting options.
Bike Austin improves quality of life for all of Austin and Central Texas by growing bicycling as a form of transportation, exercise, and recreation. We envision Central Texas as a place where everyone recognizes and embraces the benefits of cycling, whether they ride or not, and where cycling is a common aspect of daily life for everyone.
Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
Because motor vehicle emissions are the most significant part of the MSA’s ozone problem, CAMPO is actively involved in regional air quality planning efforts. CAMPO models regional vehicle emissions and has initiated a bicycle & pedestrian program in partnership with the Texas Transportation Institute and the City of Austin.
Capital Area Council of Governments
CAPCOG promotes sustainable growth and livability of the CAPCOG Region by assisting in the develop of transportation systems integrated with land use patterns that offer residents and travelers choices and convenient access to goods, services, jobs, schools, recreation and civic involvement. CAPCOG staff is responsible for professional activities necessary for the planning and coordination of improvements to the region’s major road network, public transportation, airports, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities.
Capital Metro’s mission is to provide quality public transportation choices for our community that meet the needs of our growing region. Capital Metro serves almost 3,000 bus stops with metro, flyer and express routes and UT Shuttle service. Capital MetroRail is a new commuter rail system between Leander and Downtown Austin. Capital Metro also provides MetroAccess service for passengers with disabilities, van and carpool coordination, freight rail service. For more information, including an online trip planner visit www.capmetro.org or call (512) 474-1200.
Car2go is an innovative mobility service which offers a network of 300 environmentally compatible smart “car2go edition” vehicles for rent. Unlike traditional car sharing programs or car rental companies, car2go is not station-based. car2go vehicles are distributed throughout the city and can be accessed “on-demand”, or reserved for up to 24 hours in advance. Customers are not required to enter into a long-term contract, or be subjected to a minimum spend, deposits or monthly fees. For more information or to register, please visit www.austincar2go.com.
CARTS delivers transportation tailored specifically for each of the one hundred and sixty-nine communities it serves. The service frequency in or to the various locales range from many times a day to once a month.
The mission of the City of Austin Air Quality Program is to: Develop and implement programs that reduce the impact of our business activities on regional air quality; Promote air quality education and outreach to citizens and local businesses; and work with regional partners to promote healthy air in Central Texas.
The mission of the CLEAN AIR Force of Central Texas is to coordinate air quality planning and conduct educational activities in Central Texas focused on motivating the citizens, businesses, and governments in the five-county region to take actions to reduce air pollution to protect public health. With the help of our Clean Air Partners Program , we encourage Commute Solutions as a means to reduce ozone forming emissions that contribute to unhealthy air. Our Clean Air Partners implement Commute Solutions programs to reduce single-occupant vehicle trips and peak traffic by carpooling, vanpooling, taking bus/rail, bicycling, teleworking, or utilizing compressed work week or flexible work schedules. By reducing the number of single occupant vehicles on our Central Texas roads, this reduces the amount of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) and NOx (Nitrogen Oxides) in the atmosphere which furthers our organization’s mission of keeping Central Texas air breathable.
A program of the CLEAN AIR Force of Central Texas, the Clean Air Partners Program helps local businesses, governments and organizations to reduce their emissions with a flexible menu of options customizable to each Partner. By becoming a Clean Air Partner, employers pledge to carry out clean air programs and implement clean business practices to reduce emissions that contribute to unhealthy air in our region and to annually report their results via a user-friendly website. Partners receive public recognition for their efforts via events, publications and advertisements. The program is available to any employer in the counties of Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson.
Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority
The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority is an independent government agency created in 2002 to improve the transportation system in Williamson and Travis counties. Our mission is to implement innovative, multi-modal transportation solutions that reduce congestion and create transportation choices that enhance quality of life and economic vitality.
DAA Mission Statement: The Mission of the Downtown Austin Alliance is to preserve and enhance the value and vitality of downtown Austin.
DAA Vision for Downtown: Downtown Austin is the heart and soul of Central Texas. It is:
A welcoming community where our unique past, present and future meet and mingle on every street and corner
A thriving business, government and residential center
An accessible gathering place, easy to reach and enticing to explore for locals and tourists alike
The community’s cultural hub, where art, music and theater dance and play
A place where nature’s beauty beckons — to calm, surprise and delight
A prosperous place, environmentally and economically healthy and sustainable
In 2008, we launched our car sharing business, Connect by Hertz, in London, New York City and Paris. Connect provides urban drivers with environmentally friendly cars parked at convenient locations for hourly rentals. Hertz leap-frogged the competition with in-car technology to speed the rental process. Once the on-line booking process is completed and the rental commences, the customer is instantly connected to a Hertz service center representative who can assist with every aspect of the rental and provide directions and other services. Every Connect vehicle in the U.S. comes equipped with a NeverLost navigation system, and most are equipped with iPod/MP3 adaptors and Bluetooth technology.
Every car sharing vehicle has the potential to eliminate the need for up to 14 privately owned vehicles in urban markets, providing an economically and environmentally sensible alternative to vehicle ownership. Choosing to share rather than own a car eliminates the need for expensive parking, gas, insurance and maintenance/repair costs.
We have already expanded in 6 countries, adding more than fifty universities and corporate campuses worldwide. Because our technology and fleet are fully scalable, we will rapidly expand Connect to many more U.S. and European cities, universities and corporate customers. In October 2010 Hertz signed an agreement to acquire the Australian car sharing company, Flexicar. This is a statement to how dedicated we are to expansion, innovation and bringing Connect by Hertz to people all around the world.
This is our Keep It Parked programs mission statement-
LCRA’s Keep It Parked program is a voluntary trip reduction program designed to improve employees’ quality of life, lessen traffic congestion, and improve air quality by reducing ozone-forming vehicle emissions. The program is designed to enable employees to work more efficiently and cost effectively while providing employees with solutions for a better commute and options to lessen travel during work hours.
Commuters can consider alternatives to their current commute and try carpooling, vanpooling, bicycling, walking, teleworking, using compressed work weeks, flex-time or taking the bus. At-work travelers can consider teleconferencing, videoconferencing and carpooling to LCRA meetings and events. Commuters can also find carpool partners using LCRA’s Commuter Interactive Map and bike partners using the bike-to-work program.
LCRA mission statement-
The mission of the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) is to provide reliable, low-cost utility and public services in partnership with our customers and communities and to use our leadership and environmental authority to ensure the protection and constructive use of the area’s natural resources.
Movability Austin is focused on helping downtown employers and employees address the very real frustrations, costs and health/safety issues facing Austin commuters every day. Our success will help get more people downtown, which is the reason Movability Austin was created. We help employers investigate and implement new options that can save them money, solve problems, and contribute to the vitality of downtown. We also help employees find and use options that will cut gas cost, save them from the frustrations of traffic, even improve their health and well-being. Movability Austin is a Transportation Management Association (TMA). Around the country, TMAs have proven valuable and effective in coordinating mobility programs and services. We were formed as a collaboration of public and private sector employers, property owners, and other stakeholders to improve the mobility of downtown Austin. Check out our blog, Facebook & Twitter.
Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs are sustained efforts by parents, schools, community leaders and local, state, and federal governments to improve the health and well-being of children by enabling and encouraging them to walk and bicycle to school.
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality strives to protect our state’s human and natural resources consistent with sustainable economic development. Our goal is clean air, clean water, and the safe management of waste.
The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) regulates the state’s insurance industry. We also educate consumers to help them make well-informed insurance decisions.
TDI assists consumers with questions and concerns about insurance through its Consumer Help Line, complaint resolution process, and outreach events, such as those for Commute Solutions. At CS events, TDI staff explain the auto insurance cost savings involved with commuting or using public transportation. One of the factors companies may use to determine rates for auto insurance is the vehicle’s primary use. Rates for cars driven solely for pleasure are typically lower than rates for cars driven to and from work or used for business.
Travis County works to manage and protect our natural resources for future generations, in part by providing a cost-effective, efficient, and safe transportation system in balance with the social, economic and environmental needs of the community.
In March 2002, we partnered with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to create the Drive Clean Across Texas (DCAT) campaign. This program asks the public to help reduce air pollution by driving less, maintaining their vehicles, avoiding unnecessary idling, buying more energy-efficient vehicles and driving the speed limit.
The Clean Air Plan is our internal effort to take the same kind of action, and go a step further, including using LED lights for new signal lights, using alternative-fuel vehicles for Department business and using green energy providers.
The University of Texas at Austin strongly supports efforts to reduce congestion and curb vehicle pollution in the Austin area. The University has established an active Alternative Transportation Program, entitled UT Share, that encourages members of the UT community to do their SHARE and SHARE the ride to campus. The goal of the UT Share Program is to address and reduce the use of single occupancy vehicles by staff, faculty, students, and visitors.
Zipcar is the world’s leading car-sharing service with over 700,000 members and 9,000 vehicles in urban areas and college campuses throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Spain. Zipcar offers more than 30 makes and models of self-service vehicles by the hour or day to residents and businesses looking for an alternative to the high costs and hassles of owning a car.
Zipcar members pay only for the time they actually use the vehicle and have no responsibility for additional costs and hassles associates with car ownership, including gas, registration, insurance, maintenance and car payments.
Car sharing works! Zipcar members report saving an average of $600 per month compared to owning a car. Members of Zipcar and car sharing programs report a 46% increase in public transit trips, a 10% increase in bicycling trips and a 26% increase in walking trips.
To find vehicles near you go to zipcar.com/find-cars.