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{Past Event} - Greening Operations Series: Climate Action: Worker Commuting Options and Incentives

December 18, 2009 - 2:00 pm - December 18, 2009 - 2:00 pm -- Eastern Standard Time


Motor Vehicles represent the largest single source of atmospheric pollution including nitrogen oxide (precursor of smog); benzene (a carcinogen); other volatile organic compounds; particulate matter (a trigger of respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses and symptoms); carbon dioxide (a greenhouse gas and contributor to global climate change); and carbon monoxide (contributes to the development of atherosclerosis.) By reducing emissions, transportation opportunities contribute to a healthier air quality, benefiting the health of the building occupants and the surrounding community. The physical exercise involved in the most commonly practiced forms of preferable transportation (public transport, walking, biking) promote cardiac, repiratory, muscular and social health!

Understand transportation’s role in global climate change and why hospitals should actively address single vehicle car use. Be able to communicate worker transportation issues to leadership and make the case for developing a program to assess and improve worker commuting options. Learn from a membership facility how they educated their workers on carpooling options. Gather the tools to make the case for addressing vehicle use as part of your facility’s greening activity. How can facilities incentivize car pooling and other activities that reduce single vehicle car use? What tools are out there to help facilities reduce single vehicle car use? What are some examples of facilities that have had success in this area?


  • Understand the importance of addressing commuter options in health care
  • Obtain tools to assess activities at your facility
  • Understand the numerous positive outcomes to reduced single vehicle car use at a health care facility
  • Use the Green Guide for Health Care’s “Transportation Operations” section to review, understand and develop a plan at your sites


Mark Chase, Transportation Planning Consultant
Mark Chase has fifteen years of transportation systems innovation in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Mark’s employment experience includes helping to launch the car-sharing service Zipcar, running two non-profit advocacy organizations and undertaking regional transportation planning initiatives for the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, Boston’s regional planning agency. Mark’s work experience encompasses many aspects of sustainable transportation planning. As Director of Business Development at Zipcar, Mark designed and implemented a parking acquisition and marketing strategy for the innovative car-sharing service. Currently Zipcar is the largest car-sharing service in the world with over 100,000 members in the US, Canada and England. Leading the non-profit group, the Alliance for Transportation Choice, Mark helped to design and implement bicycle lanes in Portland Maine. As Director of the Seaport Transportation Management Association Mark worked with Fidelity Investments and Gillette to realize cost savings through programs that reduced parking demand and improved shuttle service efficiency. Currently Mark does private consulting as well as contract work through Nelson Nygaard Consulting Associates where he specializes in parking and multi modal transportation planning. Mark serves on the board of the Livable Streets Alliance, a non-profit advocacy organization in Cambridge Massachusetts. Livable Streets encourages citizens and their governments to demand a balanced transportation system that includes transit, walking, biking and driving in the context of excellent urban design. Mark holds an MA in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts University and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern Maine.

Dr. Russell Mankes, PHD, Albany Medical College
Russell F. Mankes, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Center of Neuropharmacology and Neuroscience and the Center for Immunology and Microbial Disease at Albany Medical College. Dr Mankes has authored or co-authored over 90 scientific and technical publications and has held numerous research grants in reproductive toxicology and birth defects research. He serves as Toxicologist, Chemical Hygiene Officer and Responsible Official for the Albany Medical Center. Dr Mankes was a 2006 US EPA Environmental Quality Awardee and has been awarded a two year $153,000 US EPA Grant for Pharmaceuticals Waste Minimization. He chairs Albany Medical Center’s Controlled Substance Governing Board and is a member of the Centers Hazardous Materials Response team. He is responsible for compliance with Select Agent Regulations, State and Federal RCRA regulations as well as JCAHO’s EoC standards for Hazardous Materials and Waste Management. Dr Mankes received his doctorate in Experimental Pathology and Environmental Toxicology from the Albany Medical College.

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