Arlington Campus Awarded for Commuter Benefits

Posted: November 30, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 25, 2009 at 10:24 am

By Dave Andrews

Traffic is the name of the game in the Washington, D.C., area. So winning an award in the realm of transportation is no small feat.

Last month George Mason University received the Outstanding Commuter Benefits Award from Arlington County’s Fresh AIRE program. Fresh AIRE is Arlington’s Initiative to Reduce Emissions throughout the entire county.

Arlington County Board Chair Barbara Favola (far right) presents the award to Arlington Campus Executive Officer Karen Pirhalla and Transportation Coordinator Bob Tennant.

Arlington County Board Chair Barbara Favola (far right) presents the award to Arlington Campus Executive Officer Karen Pirhalla and Transportation Coordinator Bob Tennant.

The award specifically recognizes Mason’s Arlington Campus for the variety of transportation options and the accessibility of commuting information to employees and students.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by Arlington County, especially because it is one of the most progressive counties in the nation with regard to transportation reform,” says Josh Cantor, director of parking and transportation at Mason.

“We’re constantly looking for ways to improve transportation issues at all three of our campuses. This award signifies that we’re moving in the right direction.”

Mason has become well known throughout the Arlington community for providing numerous commuter programs to staff and students. It has offered complimentary Metro cards during construction, promoted company-sponsored vanpools and offered monthly transit benefits to everyone commuting to the Arlington Campus.

The Fresh AIRE program annually recognizes businesses and organizations within the community that have taken steps or achieved milestones that help support their mission in the area of energy efficiency and green building.

They collaborate with Arlington Transportation Partners to identify “businesses and institutions that provide the highest level of service” to improve the environment.

“George Mason was the only recipient of this year’s Commuter Benefits Award,” says Sarah O’Connell, energy outreach coordinator for the Fresh AIRE program. “We saw this as a way to recognize Mason for its accomplishments and what it does for our community.”

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