In 2019, Gov. Jared Polis signed into law the Climate Action Plan to Reduce Pollution, and now the state is aiming to make progress on achieving the goals laid out in that bill with the new Employee Trip Reduction Program.
The Employee Trip Reduction Program would require employers to take steps to reduce the carbon footprint of employees commuting to work. The state wants companies to do things like increase parking charges, offer rewards to employees with electric vehicles, hand out subsidized public transportation passes, and appoint an employee transportation coordinator to manage it all. Employees would be surveyed about how they get to work, how far they live from work, and the type of vehicle they drive.
But the state’s biggest ask of all? That employers start implementing those measures by January 2022.
Last week, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Denver South Economic Development Partnership submitted comments on the matter to the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission, which will meet sometime in August to hammer out the details.
According to the 10 pages of regulations for the Employee Trip Reduction Program, it would affect businesses with 100 or more employees in Denver, Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Douglas, Broomfield, and part of Weld and Larimer counties.
[Denver Gazette; Denver Business Journal]
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