The City of Spokane and Mayor Mary Verner were recognized yesterday for efforts to reduce drive-alone commutes. Mayor Verner was in Olympia Tuesday to accept the “Commute Smart” award from Gov. Christine Gregoire.

The City was named a Commute Smart Employer Champion, and Mayor Verner was recognized as a Commute Smart Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Board Champion.

The Washington State Department of Transportation says that “Employer Champion Award—Affected Sites” award recognizes consistent, time-proven leadership in CTR. Employers who are chosen for the award continue to contribute to solving regional transportation challenges. These organizations demonstrate a commitment to their employees, the quality of life in their communities and the protection of the environment.

The City’s Commute Trip Reduction program is part of the City’s work to reduce its impact on the environment, saving resources and money.

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