ICYMI: DEQ recognized as Best Workplace for Commuters

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 12:00 am

DEQ was honored recently by the Triangle J Council of Governments with a Best Workplace for Commuters award that recognized the agency’s efforts to offer its employees inexpensive commuting alternatives to driving their own vehicles.

Many DEQ employees ride the bus, carpool or bike to and from work, taking advantage of the various commuter alternatives provided by the department. Those alternatives include discounted van pooling through GoTriangle, carpooling with coworkers, or purchasing a GoPass, which allows permanent, full-time employees to pay $25/year for a pass they can use on any of the region’s public transit agencies to commute to and from work.

The department also took into consideration its bicycling employees when constructing the new Green Square building a few years ago, ensuring that showers were available in the building and that bike racks were accessible outside.

“The agency has one of the most engaged and enthusiastic alternative commuter bases I’ve seen in a while,” said Mary Sell, who coordinates the council’s Best Workplace for Commuters program. “I’m refreshed by the energy and dedication to improving our shared environment and know that their advocacy and passion will help to advance the Triangle region as a sustainability leader nationally.”

To learn more about commuting options, visit: http://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/air-quality/air-quality-outreach/air-quality-public-involvement/commuter-options

Pictured below from left to right are: Mary Sell, who coordinates Triangle J Council of Government’s Workplace for Commuters program; John Evans, chief deputy secretary for DEQ; and DEQ employees John Seymour and Steven Rice.