MITRE Receives Massachusetts ECO Award for Environmentally Friendly Efforts

March 2015

MITRE was one of 53 organizations to win a Pinnacle Award in the fifth annual Massachusetts Excellence in Commuter Options (ECO) Awards. The highest of three levels of awards, the Pinnacle recognizes MITRE as a leader in the effort to reduce congestion and greenhouse gas emissions by encouraging employees to travel by public transit, carpools, vanpools, bicycling, or walking.

Among MITRE's offerings that helped earn the award were our many work life balance programs, provisioning for mobile workers, on-campus charging stations for electric vehicles, and a new Bedford/Alewife shuttle for Massachusetts employees. Other related offerings include MITRE's commuter benefits program, such as the MBTA "Charlie Card" pre-tax savings advantage, on-site amenities, guaranteed rides home in emergency situations, and preferential parking for carpoolers.

"Promoting environmentally-friendly practices is part of MITRE's culture," says Carole Horne, director of corporate real estate and facility operations. "Receiving this award demonstrates that we are making strong steps toward further reducing MITRE's carbon footprint."

The ECO Awards are presented by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, MassRIDES, and MassCommute. The awards recognize the contributions Massachusetts employers have made toward encouraging and supporting employees who use green, sustainable and healthy transportation options in the Commonwealth. The ECO Awards are open to any Massachusetts employer who is a MassRIDES Employer Partner and who complete an annual questionnaire identifying the current sustainable commuter option programs their worksite offers.

"The efforts promoted through our network of Massachusetts employers help our state reduce traffic congestion, promote healthy lifestyles and benefit the environment," said Stephanie Pollack, secretary and CEO of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. "Your innovation is what drives us to success."

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