Employer Recognition Awards

Celebrating our 20th Annual Employer Recognition Awards Program

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and its Commuter Connections® program invite you to apply for the 2017 Employer Recognition Awards.
The Awards are open to all private sector companies, non-profit organizations, and government agencies within DC, Suburban Maryland, and Northern Virginia.

The 2017 Online Nomination Form

Downloadable Nomination Form (PDF)

Downloadable Brochure (PDF)

Winners will be recognized at our esteemed awards ceremony to be held June 2017 in Washington D.C.

Commuter Connections encourages area businesses and their employees to adopt alternative commuting methods such as transit, teleworking, carpooling/vanpooling and bicycling. These methods help to mitigate traffic congestion and provide for cleaner air through reduced auto emissions.

The Commuter Connections annual Employer Recognition Awards Ceremony recognizes employers who have voluntarily initiated programs that facilitate the use of such alternatives. Eligible employer programs included those that marketed alternative commuting options, initiated a successful telework program, or provided incentives that made using alternative transportation modes easier and more attractive than driving alone. Applications are evaluated by a selection committee and winners are chosen for their ability to offer measurable commuter benefits that reduce automobile fuel consumption and emissions through fewer vehicle trips and miles traveled. In addition, winners are selected for their altruistic policies that improved the lives of their employees and the region.

Employer Awards Categories


Commuter Incentives reward and encourage employees for taking alternative means of transportation. Incentives and commuter benefits can come in many forms such as transit and vanpool subsidies, pre-tax transit and vanpool passes and preferred or discounted parking for carpools and vanpools.

Other incentives might include offering flex-time schedules or the provision of facilities and equipment such as showers and lockers for those who bike or walk to work, on-site amenities, free shuttle service or laptops for teleworkers.


Promoting the merits of ridesharing, transit and teleworking within your company is an essential part of a successful commuter program.Companies who educate and advocate alternate commuting options enjoy high employee participation rates in such methods.

With knowledge of the available choices, employees are empowered to make well-informed decisions about better and smarter ways to get to work. Marketing of commuter information and available benefits clearly serves as an influential aspect behind helping to change commuter drive-alone patterns.


Teleworking (or Telecommuting) from home or from a Telework or Co-Working Center one or more days per week allows employees to dramatically reduce or completely eliminate the time and money spent commuting to-and-from work.

For employers, benefits may come in the form of reduced office space overhead, and telework may also help address parking shortages. In addition, teleworking provides for better work/life balance and translates into lower absenteeism, higher productivity and helps businesses attract and retain qualified employees.


Employers in the District of Columbia, Suburban Maryland, and Northern Virginia that have initiated, enhanced, or expanded an alternative commuter or telework program may apply for these awards. These awards are a measurement of 2016 calendar year performance. To be eligible, all employer commuter programs nominated must have been in place on or before January 1, 2016.

Nomination deadline is Friday, February 3, 2017.

Completed nominations should be submitted online or sent to:

Douglas Franklin
Commuter Connections
777 North Capitol St, N.E., Suite 300
Washington D.C., 20002-4290
Phone: (202) 962-3792


Complete either online form below or the hard copy Awards Nomination Form 2017.  Nominations should include all information requested in items 1-6. Supplemental materials may be submitted, but not in place of the questions on the nomination.  Email any attachments to dfranklin@mwcog.org


IMPORTANT: Once you have completed entering your information, please click on “Submit Form” and  after a pause you will see the following message: “Your awards nomination form was successfully submitted. Thank you and good luck!”.  .

Questions? Call 202-962-3792