Employer Recognition Awards

Celebrating our 21st Annual Employer Recognition Awards Program

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and its Commuter Connections® program invite you to apply for the 2018 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 2018 Online Nomination Form

Downloadable Nomination Form (PDF)

Downloadable Brochure (PDF)

Winners will be recognized at our esteemed awards ceremony to be held June 2018 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 policies that improved the lives of their employees and the region.

Employer Awards Categories


Employers who offer commuter incentives to encourage and reward employees for taking alternative means of transportation; such as transit and vanpool subsidies, pre-tax benefits, and preferred or discounted parking for carpools and vanpools. Other incentives may include flex-time schedules, free shuttle service, or the provision of facilities and equipment such as bike racks, showers, and lockers.


Employers who educate about and advocate for alternative commuting options, and promote their merits in an influential and informative way. With knowledge of the available transportation choices, employees are empowered to make well-informed decisions about better and smarter ways of getting to work.


Employers with telework policies that allow employees to work from home, or at a local telework or co-working center, one or more days per week. In addition, employers may have training for teleworkers and for management of teleworkers, internet reimbursement, laptops, software and other equipment to make working remotely seamless.


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 2017 calendar year performance. To be eligible, all employer commuter programs nominated must have been in place on or before January 1, 2018.

Nomination deadline is Friday, February 2, 2018.

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. 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

2018 Online Nomination Form

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