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Oregon firm pays employees to leave their cars at home

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When execs at Portland, Ore.-based David Evans and Associates wanted to make their organization more sustainable, they started with their employees’ commutes.

The infrastructure design firm pays its 953 employees up to $6 a day to leave their cars at home and commute by walking, biking, car pooling or riding the bus.

A guaranteed-ride-home program gets participating employees into cabs or company cars in cases of personal emergencies.

The firm relies on an honor system for employees to claim their bonuses. During December, 86 of the headquarters’ 200-plus employees made claims.

The commuter program is part of a larger sustainability plan, which includes transportation, communications, resource conservation, waste prevention and recycling.

Contact: Karen Nicholas, media relations manager, at ktn@deainc.com.

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