March 11, 2010
Nice writeup in Going Green blog out of U.S. talking about SAP Vancouver’s commuting initiatives during, and hopefully after, the Olympics.
Great to see how we stacked up against the Vancouver and Canada averages. We have only 32% of employees driving solo as compared to an average of 67% in Vancouver, 72% across Canada and 77% in the US
The post notes a few reasons for this high level of non-car commuting:
- Downtown location near transit
- Showers and lockers on site
- Bike lockers
- Transit pass discounts
It will be interesting to see how many “converts” we have to the new way of commuting 3 or 6 months after the Olympics are over.
Plus I love the quote from Kirsten Sutton, our Managing Director, from her tweet. Saying she will be continuing to ride the bus now that the Olympics are over she says “You can teach an old dog new tricks”
February 5, 2010
Nice article here on the Translink blog talking about SAP Vancouver’s prep for the Olympics. This has been a massive planning exercise for our company since the main office is on Mainland Street – what will be a pedestrian only zone for the duration of the Olympics and we are right down the street from a few of the main venues.
As part of the planning process, we tried to leverage the changes to inform employees about more sustainable transportation choices. We already have over 60% of employees walking, riding bikes or taking transit to work. The traffic, road closures and general chaos is a great chance to educate employees about commuting options.
SAP provides Vancouver employees with a transit pass subsidy that when coupled with the Employer Pass Program from TransLink, provides a 50% discount for transit passes.
All of this combines to make a real impact. This year, for the first time, SAP announced its performance to Carbon Reduction targets (reporting 16% reduction without using offsets) on the same day we announced our 2009 financial results. Will be nice when the day comes that this is expected, and regulated, behaviour for corporations worldwide rather than the exception it is today