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Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Sites Recognized as EPA’s Best Workplaces for Commuters in 2005
Release Date: 10/20/2005
Contact Information: Donna Heron, 215-814-5113
Donna Heron, 215-814-5113
PHILADELPHIA – Americans spend an average of 46 hours each year stuck in traffic. Gridlock produces more than $63 billion in congestion costs per year. Companies that offer commuter benefits help curb these costs and make a significant contribution to the health and welfare of their employees.
The EPA recognized 69 companies nationwide on October 19 for their commitment to reducing air pollution and their role in easing traffic congestion caused by too many vehicles on our nation’s roads.
Among those recognized was Wyeth Phrmaceuticals in Collegeville and Frazer, Pa., which ranked number 19 on the EPA’s top 20 list.
“We are proud that so many companies in our region are among those being recognized,” said Donald S. Welsh, regional administrator for EPA’s mid-Atlantic region. “If half of all U.S. employees worked for companies offering outstanding commuter benefits, 3.5 billion gallons of gasoline would be conserved. That would save drivers billions annually at the gas pump and would result in a significant reduction of carbon dioxide in the air we breathe.”
The Best Workplaces for Commuters program recognizes employers that are leaders in offering superior commuter benefits, such as subsidized transit or vanpool passes, telework programs, or shuttles, to their employees.
Wyeth Pharmaceuticals was recognized because it offers outstanding benefits such as discounts and coupons for walkers and employees riding their bikes. The company offers special incentive for people to live close to work, plans transportation for their employees for special events and offers a commuter awards program.
The companies being recognized today have met the National Standard of Excellence, extending outstanding commuter benefits to more than 400,000 employees across the country. In addition, EPA is showcasing its Top 20 List. The list highlights the 20 Best Workplaces for Commuters from the Fortune 500 companies having the highest percentages of employees eligible for these commuter benefits in their U.S. workplaces.
To qualify as one of the best workplaces for commuters, employers must provide:
- T At least one primary commuter benefit, such as a monthly transit/vanpool pass subsidy or a significant telecommuting program;
- T At least three supporting commuter benefits, such as carpool/vanpool incentives, lockers/showers for bikers or walkers, compressed/flexible work schedules, or on-site daycare;
- T A central point of contact, who actively informs employees of available commuter benefits; and
T Access to a regional or employer-provided Emergency or Guaranteed Ride Home Program.
The best workplaces for commuters program delivers results. The 1,400 employers participating and the 2.8 million employees who work for them are annually conserving 146 million gallons of gasoline and preventing the release of 1.3 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, while saving consumers more than$400 million dollars, according to the Energy Information Administration.
For additional information visit, http://www.bestworkplacesforcommuters.gov/.