Thursday, February 2, 2012

Clean Air NY’s Partners Help Improve Air Quality

IKEA Red Hook, Brooklyn
image by Tanenhaus used under Creative Commons license

Clean Air NY’s latest Champion is IKEA’s Brooklyn Store! IKEA has made a companywide commitment to sustainability and corporate social responsibility. One way its location in Red Hook, Brooklyn, has honored that commitment is by partnering with Clean Air NY. Not only has it helped spread the word about Clean Air NY by allowing CANY staff to visit its cafeteria to speak with employees during their lunch breaks, but IKEA is offering free lunches to employees on Air Quality Action Days to encourage them not to drive out for lunch when air pollution is expected to be high. In addition, IKEA’s employees are offered commuter pretax benefits to encourage them to take mass transit and 32 of its employees are enrolled.

Last month, Clean Air NY invited all our partners, including IKEA, to participate in a friendly competition to see who could refer the most new people to Clean Air NY by getting them to sign up for Air Quality Action Day updates via e-mail or text. All of the partners did an amazing job. Combined, they helped refer more than 400 subscribers to Clean Air NY! The following four companies led the way:

Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), New York City, achieved first place, referring the most people to Clean Air NY. You can read all about how it is working to improve the environment on its sustainability Web site portal. Pfizer, Rockland County, won second place; it has implemented many company initiatives at its Pearl River location, making commuting easier and more affordable for employees and reducing air pollution. Underwriters Laboratories, Long Island, was third. UL provides incentives to employees who commute using alternate transportation and holds lunch-in days on Air Quality Action Days so employees can avoid driving for lunch when air pollution is predicted to be high. New York Power Authority (NYPA), Westchester County, came in fourth. It has created a sustainability action plan to help drive sustainability efforts throughout the authority.

Once again, we want to thank all our partners for their continued support of better air quality in New York!

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