NYPA Receives Award For Promoting Green Commutes

Paul DeMichele

August 26, 2010

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WHITE PLAINS—New York Power Authority (NYPA) President and Chief Executive Officer Richard M. Kessel today announced that NYPA was the recipient of a top award for its participation in the “2010 Earth Day Commuter Challenge,” a year-long contest which aimed to reduce drive-alone commuting time in the Hudson Valley. NYPA was among three local employers to take top honors in the category of “New Enrollments” on Nu-Ride.com, a free on-line ride matching network that tracks participants’ ridesharing performance.

“Along with producing clean energy, the Power Authority is proud to promote clean commuting alternatives for our employees,” Kessel said. “The Power Authority is  committed to seeking ways to help our customers reduce energy use and operate more efficiently and we like to practice what we preach. Programs like this yield value to our employees and to the environment and are right up our alley.”

Earlier this year, NYPA was cited as one of the nation’s “Best Workplaces for Commuters,” by the National Center for Transit Research at the University at Southern Florida for promoting a variety of options and incentives to limit drive-alone commuting.

The Earth Day Commuter Challenge is sponsored by MetroPool, a commuting solutions company that works to improve the region’s air quality by promoting environmentally-friendly transportation alternatives, including, car/van pooling, walking/biking, bus/train/ferry travel, telecommuting, compressed work weeks and pre-tax commuter benefits. Through NYPA’s participation and the involvement of other regional businesses, the program has reduced more than 3 million commuter miles driven, and avoided the release of an estimated 1,376,000 tons of carbon emissions.

The MetroPool commuter awards were presented in mid-June by Dr. Marsh Gordon, president and CEO of the Business Council of Westchester, at the IBM Learning Center in Armonk.  NYPA employees Jenifer Becker, chief sustainability manager, and Alice Conway, benefits manager, were on-hand to accept the award.

About NYPA:

■ The New York Power Authority uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. ■ NYPA is a leader in promoting energy efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives. ■ It is the nation's largest state public power organization, with 17 generating facilities in various parts of New York State and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ Approximately 80 percent of the electricity it produces is clean renewable hydropower.  Its lower-cost power production and electricity purchases support hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state. ■For more information, www.nypa.gov.


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