SmartTrips Business is working with the Sustainability at Work program to certify Portland employers that integrate sustainable practices into their company actions.
Why should your business become certified?
- Market your business as a sustainable community leader.
- Reduce operating costs and invest in company efficiency and employee productivity.
- Be recognized through Sustainability at Work advertisements as a certified business.
- Use the Sustainability at Work Certified logo on your company materials.
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Transportation options and the bottom line
Dollar for dollar, commute benefits out perform simple pay raises.
Commute benefits, such as transit passes and bicycle reimbursements, are tax-free for your
employees and your business
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strategies for your business.
Sustainable transportation strategies can increase employee productivity 50% and cut sick time in half.
Research includes: Nieman, David, et al, “Immune Response to a 30-Minute Walk,” Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise,Jan. 2005, pp. 57-62. Besser, Lilah, et al, “Walking to Public Transit: Steps to Help Meet Physical Activity Recommendations,” American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2005, Vol. 29, pp 273-280.
- It can cost up to 150% of an employee’s annual salary to find and train a replacement.
Businesses that offer attractive benefits are better able to attract and retain desirable employees. In one study, a large corporation saw an 87% decrease in employee turnover when the company improved commute options. Research: Winters, Philip, et al, “Quantifying the Benefits of TDM,” Center for Urban Transportation Research.
- Significant federal and state tax savings for energy efficient investments.
Learn more about Oregon's Business Energy Tax Credit program and federal tax benefits for promoting commute options.
- Studies have demonstrated a significant link between commute stress and job satisfaction.
Research: Wener, Richard, et al, “Commuting Stress: Psychophysiological Effects of a Trip and Spillover in the Workplace,” Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 1924, pp. 112-117.
For a detailed look at resources for employers, view our transportation tool kit.