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Galway University Hospitals and UL recognised in inaugural Smarter Travel Awards

Galway University Hospitals and University of Limerick were named Smarter Travel Workplace of the Year and the Smarter Travel Campus of the Year respectively at the inaugural Smarter Travel Awards.

The awards competition recognise and celebrate the efforts that workplaces and campuses make to promote sustainable travel.

“A growing number of Irish organisations are engaging in smarter travel, working with their staff and students to facilitate travel choice in favour of more sustainable transport, resulting in reduced costs, enhanced employee wellbeing, better access and more effective parking management,” said Anne Graham, chief executive officer at the National Transport Authority. “Smarter Travel Plans can reduce an organisation’s car use by 18pc on average.”

Awards were presented in 14 categories across different modes of transport, sustainable champions and overall workplace and campus. University of Limerick took the lead among third-level institutions, taking home the award for Cycling Campus of the Year, Student Union of the Year, Sustainable Champions of the Year and Smarter Travel Campus of the Year award. Winners in the workplace categories included St Vincent’s University Hospital, which won Cycling Workplace of the Year and Sustainable Champions of the Year, and Ebay, winner of the Public Transport Workplace of the Year award.

“The promotion and facilitation of cycling in particular both on campuses and in workplaces made for strong competition, which highlights the growing interest in cycling across Ireland,” Graham said.  “The awards are well placed to act as inspiration and leadership as we recognise organisations that are paving the way for more sustainable travel options.”

The winners

Smarter Travel Workplace of the Year – Galway University Hospitals

Walking Workplace of the Year – SSE Airtricity

Cycling Workplace of the Year – St Vincent’s University Hospital

Public Transport Workplace of the Year – Ebay Inc

Car-sharing Workplace of the Year – South Dublin County Council

Business Travel Workplace of the Year – Cork City Council and EirGrid

Sustainable Champions of the Year – St Vincent’s University Hospital

Smarter Travel Campus of the Year – University of Limerick

Walking Campus of the Year – Dublin City University

Cycling Campus of the Year – University of Limerick

Public Transport Campus of the Year – IT Blanchardstown

Car-sharing Campus of the Year – Maynooth University

Student Union of the Year – University of Limerick

Sustainable Champions of the Year – University of Limerick

For more please click: http://www.businessandleadership.com/sustainability/item/50058-galway-university-hospitals/


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Galway University Hospitals and UL recognised in inaugural Smarter Travel Awards

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