An Easy Way To Go Green This Earth Day

 

Earth Day is coming up on April 22, and there are some great events going on around town to help get you into the green mindset.

Capital Metro and Earth Day Austin are planning an Earth Day 2017 event at Huston-Tillotson that will help you cut your carbon footprint and include fun activities. At the Transportation Pavilion, exhibitors will help you learn how to add walking, biking, transit, car sharing, ride sharing, carpooling or vanpooling to your daily commute. At the pavilion, find commuting resources, a bike valet and repair station, a sneak peak of emerging transportation projects, the modern vehicle showcase, mobile app assistance and help to create a customized trip plan. PLUS, pledge to cut your carbon by changing your commute at least once a week, and you’ll be invited to make it official on the Graffiti Bus!

Speaking of the GRAFITTI BUS…..

Here’s how it works:

1) Visit with a Transportation Pavilion exhibitor.

2) Make a pledge to cut your carbon by changing your commute AT LEAST once a week.

3) Capital Metro will calculate how much carbon your new commute will save.

4) Take your carbon savings to the Graffiti Bus and make your pledge public!

And how better to get there than by making it a transit adventure? Capital Metro is providing free day passes and running increased frequency on the #4 bus all day long. If you’re a first time bus rider, join the transit adventure group for a fun and easy ride to and from the Earth Day festivities.

For those who want to get serious about reducing their carbon footprint beyond Earth Day, contact us at Movability! One of the great benefits of using mobility options is that in addition to saving you time and money, it also reduces pollution. We can help you find ways to connect with options that work for you and your schedule!

Member Spotlight

We’re excited to welcome some new members and welcome back renewing members to Movability. Read on to learn who they are, what they do in Austin, and why they see being mobility leaders as so important for our community.

  • Stitch Fix is a well-known online personal styling service for women and men that blends personal styling expertise with algorithms to deliver highly personalized apparel and accessories selected to fit clients’ tastes, lifestyles, and budgets. Stitch Fix joined Movability in an effort to solve its parking and commute problems in downtown Austin. As the company prepares to launch a new commuter benefit program, Stitch Fix is partnering with Movability to provide the appropriate resources and encourage solutions that fit its employees lifestyle and budget.

 

  • Jackson Walker is renewing its Movability Membership, and we couldn’t be happier! As Austin’s largest law firm, Jackson Walker is a mobility leader in Austin. As Jackson Walker Partner and Movability Board Chair Jim Pledger said, “Sitting in traffic isn’t the best use of our time. We are committed to reducing employees sitting in rush hour traffic.”

 

  • Freewheeler is a digital TDM (transportation demand management) engagement platform. The app automatically tracks commutes and identifies more active travel modes. That means it’s helping employers and individuals incentivize healthier commutes with points and rewards, and at the same time providing multimodal transport data. Freewheeler joined Movability to network and share ideas on reducing car use.

  • Chariot, which is already a Movability member, is stepping up to be a sponsor in the 2017 Mobility Challenge Partnership. San Francisco-based Chariot entered the Austin market last October, offering crowd-sourced shuttle routes for commuters.

 

If Movability membership looks like it would make sense for you or your employees, learn more about joining here!

Mobility Superstar Company: Amplify Credit Union

Member-owned financial cooperative Amplify Credit Union has been in Austin since 1967, long enough to see a lot of traffic growth in this city!

With locations all over the Austin area, Amplify knows that long commutes and transportation costs add up to cause huge stress on team members. The credit union is also growing and adding more workspace for added team members can be a challenge.

With that in mind, Amplify joined the Mobility Challenge Class of 2017, and hopes to develop policies to help employees telecommute, work flexible hours, and use alternate transportation.

“Amplify and Movability Austin have a shared vision of making Austin a better place in which to work and live,” says Terry McCoy, Senior Training Specialist at Amplify. “This makes the program perfectly in line with our mission to have a positive influence in the community.”

As a participant in the Mobility Challenge class of 2017, Amplify Credit Union will work with Movability Austin and the Thrival Company on developing a customized mobility plan for its employees.

Are you an employer that is interested in benefiting your business, the community, and your employees by creating policies to support alternative commutes? Contact Thomas Butler to learn more about participating in the Mobility Challenge.