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Employer of the Year award

Transportation responsibility & YouSabrina Harris

The cities of Aspen and Glenwood Springs named Holy Cross Energy (HCE) as Commuter Club’s Employer of the Year. Holy Cross Energy was selected for their commitment to encourage and provide incentives to their employees to commute by alternative transportation. Holy Cross Energy (HCE), a rural electric utility serving 100,000 people in Western Colorado, was honored last week at a breakfast appreciation awards ceremony sponsored by Commuter Club. Holy Cross Energy’s Chief Executive Officer Del Worley and President of the Board Tom Turnbull proudly accepted a commemorative plaque on behalf of the company. HCE’s mission to become more environmentally friendly began in 2007, when Governor Bill Ritter released his Climate Action Plan. The plan proposes to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050 from their 2005 levels. HCE analyzed how to meet those goals and examined what actions would be necessary to achieve them. After many meetings, the board of directors formalized their transportation incentive policy on July 1, 2008. The basis of the policy was to provide incentives and encourage employees to use alternatives other than single occupant vehicles for transportation to and from work.The policy encourages eligible employees to commute to work by riding the bus, carpooling, biking or walking; and in turn they receive monthly financial incentives in their paycheck. Employees can also use a combination of these alternative mode of transportation during 75 percent of any month, and it can earn them up to one full day off work. The Glenwood Springs office furthermore provides two mini-buses to vanpool their employees from Rifle and Silt each day. HCE walks the talk when it comes to aligning themselves with corporate carbon reduction strategies and goals, promoting and encouraging the use of alternative transportation. In fact, HCE encourages the use of commuting with alternative transportation for a variety of reasons. Not only does it reduce CO2 in the air, it provides participating employees the opportunity to reduce their monthly commuting expenses and wear and tear on personal vehicles. It also provides an opportunity for a socialization process between co-workers which is fostered through an alternative transportation environment.Congratulations to Holy Cross Energy for doing their part in protecting our environment and reducing the number of vehicles on our local roads. We appreciate your commitment and dedication to our community. You are a true leader in clean energy and environmental stewardship, setting an outstanding example for other local businesses to follow. Thank you for making a difference in our community!

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