Champlain College Lauded for Improving Air Quality and Reducing Traffic CongestionBurlington, Vermont Today, Champlain College was designated one of the Best Workplaces for CommutersSM by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).Best Workplaces for CommutersSM, a voluntary partnership program designed to cut traffic congestion and traffic-related air pollution, recognizes employers that provide environmentally friendly commuter benefits to employees. Offering these commuter benefits identifies Champlain College as an organization committed to reducing pollution, commuting costs, traffic congestion, and employee stress caused by single-occupant vehicle commuting. Through Champlain Colleges membership in the Campus Area Transportation Management Association (CATMA) the private college is able to offer an array of benefits that help their employees pursue environmentally friendly and cost-effective commuting strategies. These programs include a confidential Carpool Matching service, a Guaranteed Ride Home program, and a Bike/Walk Reward Program. Additionally, Champlain College has implemented FREE transit on all local and express bus routes to their faculty, staff and students. Free off-site parking options with free express shuttles to their main campus are also provided.According to Margo Oge, EPA director of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality, the effects of incentive programs like Best Workplaces for CommutersSM can be dramatic. If just half of all U.S. employees were covered under these commuter benefits, said Oge, traffic and air pollution could be cut by the equivalent of taking 15 million cars off the road every year, saving American workers about $12 billion in fuel costs. Thats both cleaner air and real savings for families. The CATMA institutions have always been committed to a Transportation Demand Management (TDM) strategy that moves as much traffic out of our district as possible. We are proud to have Champlain College join CATMA and the other CATMA institutions, Fletcher Allen Health Care and the University of Vermont on the Best Workplaces for CommutersSM list. We continue to work to create programs, services and products that help reduce traffic congestion, increase mobility and improve air quality, said Meredith Schuft, Marketing Director of CATMA. The results of Champlain Colleges efforts will be reflected in the environment and in the bottom line. Champlain Colleges programs reduce commuting costs not only for its faculty, staff and students, but also for all commuters by taking cars off the road and reducing traffic congestion. The production of ground-level ozone, the major component of smog, is reduced as well. Best Workplaces for CommutersSM is a public-private partnership developed by the EPA and DOT. EPA and DOT have established a voluntary National Standard of Excellence for employer-provided commuter benefits. The program challenges employers across the country to voluntarily meet the National Standard of Excellence.