Education Series: Commuting Tools Employers Can Use

Clean air seminars educate employers on money-saving, morale-boosting programs

(ATLANTA, GA — 03.11.10)

The Clean Air Campaign®, the region’s transportation management associations (TMAs) and RideSmart are pleased to announce the lineup for the 2010 Employer Program Education Series. This event series will provide strategies and expert advice on commute options programs. From improved morale to tax savings to decreased costs associated with energy, parking and office space, the sessions offer practical ideas for employers to get the most out of their efforts.

“As employers continue to operate in a difficult economic environment, it’s crucial to manage resources wisely,” said Kevin Green, executive director of The Clean Air Campaign. “Shifting work hours, helping employees find carpool partners or formalizing a telework program can increase productivity and create efficiencies employers may not have considered.”

“Since we continuously look for ways The Clean Air Campaign can reduce its impact on traffic and air quality, we are taking our own advice,” continued Green. “Four of this year’s events will be no-cost webinars, so employers can get the same learning experience they expect without sitting in traffic to get there.”

The 2010 Employer Program Education Series includes:

  • March 25 – About Alternative Work Arrangements – A simple change, such as when employees start and end the workday, can pay big dividends. With compressed work weeks and telework, your employees work the same total hours, but spend less time stuck in traffic and more time being productive. Plus, this free webinar will offer more information about no-cost program assistance from our nationally-recognized consulting team.
  • April 16 – The Air We Breathe – Find answers to questions about air quality and how air pollution affects our region. Learn simple actions that employers and employees can take to reduce exposure to unhealthy air and improve air quality at this ticketed luncheon event.
  • May 25 – Green Teams: Think Sustainable, Act Green – Seeking to balance go green ambitions with other business needs in a tough economy? The Clean Air Campaign and successful “Green Teams” from employers across the region will present practical ways to make operations more environmentally friendly and beneficial to the bottom line at this ticketed luncheon event.
  • June 16 – Workplace Strategies for Public Sector Employees – Many public sector employers find implementing alternative work arrangements can yield savings on daily operating expenses and offer a solution to budget challenges. This free webinar will show public sector employers how to make these programs and work and receive no-cost assistance from The Clean Air Campaign’s experts.
  • July 14 – Saving with Commute Options – Today’s economy forces both business and individuals to stretch a dollar. The average metro Atlanta resident spends more on transportation than food annually, but unique tax benefits are available through employers that support telework, transit, vanpooling or bicycling to work. To find out how employees can save and even earn money, join us for this complimentary webinar.
  • August 4 – Why Telework? Why Now? – Atlanta is one of the most wired regions in the U.S. It’s no surprise that telework has emerged as a smart business strategy to reduce overhead expenses, increase productivity, ensure business continuity and improve work-life balance. This webinar will explain how to start or expand a telework program, from robust consulting services to a $20,000 tax credit for Georgia employers.

Employers interested in signing up for any of these training seminars can contact Ashlee Dunckel at adunckel@cleanaircampaign.org or call 1-877-CLEANAIR (1-877-253-2247) to register.

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About The Clean Air Campaign

The Clean Air Campaign is a not-for-profit organization that works with Georgia's employers, commuters and schools to encourage actions that result in less traffic congestion and better air quality. To accomplish this goal, The Clean Air Campaign, along with its associate organizations, partners with more than 1,600 employers to create custom commute options programs; and annually helps thousands of commuters find commute alternatives that work for them, providing financial incentives to get them started. The Clean Air Campaign also protects public health by issuing Smog Alerts and empowers students, parents and teachers to play a positive role in reducing traffic and cleaning the air through a multi-faceted education program reaching elementary, middle and high schools.

Each day, these programs reduce 1.6 million miles of vehicle travel and keep 800 tons of pollution out of the air we breathe. For more information, call 1-877-CLEANAIR (1-877-253-2624) or visit http://www.CleanAirCampaign.org.

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