Awards and Designations

Recognizing Outstanding Transportation Programs

It’s proven that employers have a significant impact on their employees’ commute choices, particularly through the programs and benefits they offer related to transportation. From transit passes and preferential carpool parking to transportation fairs and prize drawings, Bellevue has a number of companies using innovative strategies to make a big difference in the way their employees get to work. Check out the companies below that are setting a great example with their programs.

Local Awards & Designations

Commute Champion

The Bellevue Downtown Association recognizes companies which take great strides toward making downtown viable, livable, memorable and accessible, through its Place Making Awards. The Commute Champion Award is given to the company that exemplifies a strong commitment to achieving downtown’s mode split goals by making an outstanding commute benefits program an integral part of its corporate culture. With about 70 percent of its 300 employees in Bellevue using a non-drive-alone travel mode at least once per week, CH2M Hill was recognized as the 2011 Commute Champion.

Eastside Sustainable Business Alliance

The Eastside Sustainable Business Alliance is a fusion of Eastside businesses, small and large, with a vision of achieving sustainable operations and positive community impacts. Created by businesses, for businesses, ESBA offers the opportunity to work together to lead our region toward the complementary goals of emission reductions, enhanced economy, and superior stewardship.  

Regional / State Awards & Designations

Diamond Awards and Pacesetter Designations

The King County Diamond Award program recognizes King County employers that go above and beyond with programs to reduce commute trips among their employees. The following Bellevue companies received recognition at the awards ceremony in 2013:

2013 Diamond Ring for Outstanding Leadership

CH2M Hill
Seattle Children's Hospital

2013 Diamond Award for Organizational Leadership


2013 Diamond Award for Employee Transportation Coordinator (ETC) Leadership

Laura Emmons, HDR Engineering
Sarah Hollis, Group Health

2013 Diamond Award for Special Achievement 

The Boeing Company for Outstanding Program Innovations: Tip Guides

2013 Pacesetters (King County companies recognized for their commitment to commute trip reduction principles):

City of Bellevue
Mulvanney G2 Architecture

Past Bellevue Diamond Award winners include: 

Bellevue College Oracle 
CH2M Hill Overlake Hospital
City of Bellevue Quadrant Qwest
EarthLink, Inc. Symetra
Eddie Bauer, Inc. T-Mobile USA
Group Health TransManage
HDR Engineering Trendwest Resorts
HNTB Unigard
Key Bank Verizon

Governor’s Commute Smart Awards

The Governor has recognized Washington companies for their commitment to reducing drive-alone commute travel.
2012 Bellevue Award Winners
In 2012, Deric Gruen of Bellevue College received the Commute Smart Employee Transportation Coordinator Leadership award. In addition, Microsoft Corporation received a Commute Smart Legacy award. Read more about the 2012 awards here. Congratulations to this year's winners!
2010 Bellevue Award Winners
In 2010, Governor Gregoire presented Corkey Christensen of LUMEDX Corporation the award for Employee Transportation Coordinator of the year at a voluntary worksite. In addition, the Connect Downtown program, a partnership of the City of Bellevue, King County Metro and the Bellevue Downtown Association’s TransManage, received the Community Champion Award. Read the press release and link to a video about the Connect Downtown program.

National Awards & Designations

Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT)

ACT, an international non-profit organization formed to support non-drive alone travel, annually recognizes the best programs in its awards competition. In 2008, Microsoft was recognized with the Outstanding Service Award for The Connector, a network of buses and shuttles that provide transportation for employees whose neighborhoods aren’t served by regular public transit agency routes. TransManage, a service of the Bellevue Downtown Association, was named the 2009 Outstanding Transportation Management Association (TMA) by ACT for its success in extending commute programs to companies with fewer than 100 employees through their employee commute program. This national-level award recognizes the TMA that has best used its public/private partnerships to achieve local or regional transportation goals.

Best Workplaces for Commuters

Best Workplaces for Commuters is a membership program that provides qualified employers with national recognition and a designation for offering outstanding commuter benefits, such as free or low cost bus passes and vanpool fares and strong telework programs. Employers that meet the National Standard of Excellence in commuter benefits—a standard created by the National Center for Transit Research (NCTR) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—can get on the list of Best Workplaces for Commuters and receive recognition, technical assistance, training and other Web-based tools and forums. There is an annual fee of $230 to become a Best Workplaces for Commuters member. Learn about joining here.  
Find out which companies are Best Workplaces for Commuters members here.