DEEP: DEEP Announces Receipt of “Bicycle Friendly Business” Award from The League of American Bicyclists

February 21, 2013
 
DEEP Announces Receipt of “Bicycle Friendly Business” Award from The League of American Bicyclists
 
Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) recently received a “Bicycle Friendly Business” award from the League of American Bicyclists, the nation’s largest bicycling advocacy group.  The award is for businesses or workplaces that promote a bicycle-friendly culture.  The bronze-level award was presented to the DEEP for the following actions:
 
  • Availability of bicycle racks in the on-site parking garage and on-site showers
  • Opportunity for staff to attend bike safety and bike repair classes
  • Co-sponsorship of  bike events such as the Capitol Bike to Work Day and Discover Hartford Bicycling Tour
 
DEEP joins almost 500 award winners nationwide, including local businesses, government agencies and Fortune 500 companies.
 
“It is an honor to be the only statewide environmental agency in the United States that is recognized as a ‘bicycle friendly business’ by the League of American Bicyclists, and to be a role model for other agencies and businesses to follow,” said Daniel C. Esty, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. “My thanks to DEEP’s ‘Green Team’ for promoting biking as an environmentally friendly mode of transportation and for nominating the agency for this prestigious award.”
 
“DEEP’s leadership and staff deserve high praise for pursuing and achieving the League of American Bicyclists Bicycle Friendly Business accreditation.  DEEP is just the third bicycle-friendly business in Connecticut, following REI West Hartford and Whitcraft LLC, Eastford,” said Kelly Kennedy, Executive Director of the statewide advocacy group Bike Walk Connecticut.  “Bike Walk Connecticut is eager to help more state agencies and private businesses follow suit, so we can really put Connecticut on the map as a bike-friendly state.”
 

DEEP’s Green Team
 
DEEP’s Green Team is a group of volunteers from throughout the agency that find ways to prevent pollution, reduce waste and greenhouse gas emissions and promote sustainability.  The Green Team also helps other Connecticut state agencies, businesses and the public start their own green teams. The Team has sparked a wide variety of projects, including:
 
  • An office supply reuse center that saves thousands of dollars a year in avoided purchases and tons of CO2
  • On-site food waste composting that avoids thousands of dollars in waste disposal fees per year
  • Encouraging staff to carpool, vanpool or use the bus or bike to work saving a million Vehicles Miles Traveled so far.
 
Take a virtual tour tour or find out how to start your own Green Team.