Healthier Transportation

Healthy Commuting

Healthy Commuting

University Hospitals is a constantly moving system. Tens of thousands of people travel to and from our facilities every day to work, be treated, or deliver goods and services. Fossil fuel-based travel can significantly affect air quality and health, generating particulate pollution that can cause adverse health effects.

Healthier, more sustainable forms of transportation are available, and UH is taking steps to encourage them. Our RTA Commuter Advantage Program supports the use of public transportation and parking priority is being given to electric vehicles. Below are some other highlights of our progress in 2013:

Healthier Transportation
  • New fuel-efficient vehicles were purchased to replace older models in our system laboratory vehicle fleet; in all, nine hybrid vehicles were purchased to replace less fuel-efficient models.
  • UH hosted a Bike to Work Day raffle encouraging employees to express why it’s important to them to go biking. The winning employee had his response posted on the Greening UH intranet page and also won a mountain bike.
  • Electric vehicle charging stations are available in multiple parking garages at our UH Case Medical Center campus.
  • In response to requests for more carpooling options on an employee transit survey, UH partnered with the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) to create a UH-specific portal supporting carpooling and biking. Called the Rideshare and Bikeshare program, UH employees are given the ability to identify potential carpool and biking partners quickly, securely and at no cost.
  • A flexible parking program for carpool and public transit pass holders at UH Case Medical Center was launched in January 2013. This program gave carpool and public transit pass holders, as well as walkers and cyclists, access to parking for those occasional circumstances that require these employees to drive to work. We are hopeful that these changes will improve incentives for employees to try alternatives to single-occupant car commuting. In collaboration with our Wellness Council, we have proposed additional “wellness credit” incentives for sustainable commuting options as part of our revamped employee wellness program (which is being expanded in 2014).

15 Environmental Excellence awards

UH received 15 Environmental Excellence awards from Practice Greenhealth, including the prestigious System for Change award, for our systemwide achievements in sustainability in 2013.