VW Emissions Settlement Funding Plan focusing on Clean Transportation and GHG Reduction released Reply

Massachusetts area businesses could potentially benefit from new grant money available for funding alternative transportation including electric vehicle charging stations, which is now available as a result of a recent settlement with Volkswagen (VW).

On December 7, the MASSDEP announced, along with the Attorney General’s Office and Baker-Polito Administration, the Commonwealth’s final plan on how it will use the first portion of the $75 million secured for Massachusetts from the national case settlement against Volkswagen (VW) for unlawfully installing defeat devices in certain model-year cars. The release includes an announcement regarding the $23.5 million in grants which have become available and the Beneficiary Mitigation Plan (BMP) which outlines how the funds will be used during the first phase of the 15-year timeline. The BMP was created after MassDEP held several public meetings and a comment period to ensure the plan includes smart investments in projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, drive innovative technologies and expand the clean transportation system.

Climate change and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector have been priorities for the Baker-Polito Administration as well as the MassDEP, the Attorney General and countless others who are concerned with the adverse effects of climate change on citizens and their environment. This news is very encouraging to businesses who share these concerns and report to MassDEP on alternative transportation under certain air regulations such as MassDEP’s Rideshare Program. The grants can be used to curb the cost to businesses looking to drive these initiatives.

CAPACCIO is a leader in EH&S and sustainability and can assist with the grant applications for electric vehicle charging stations, and in developing and implementing alternative transportation programs, transportation surveys and reporting to meet MassDEP requirements.

For more information, please contact Travis Wheeler at twheeler@capaccio.com or 774-249-3246.

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Annual Rideshare Reports Due December 31, 2016 Reply

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s (MassDEP’s) Rideshare Regulation (310 CMR 7.16) requires facilities that meet certain criteria to complete and submit an annual Rideshare Report summarizing its rideshare program.

The criteria that must be met to be applicable to these requirements includes:

  • Businesses with 250 or more applicable commuters that are subject to the MassDEP Air Operating Permit Program (310 CMR 7.00, Appendix C) or
  • Businesses with 1,000 or more applicable commuters
  • Educational institutions with 1,000 or more applicable students or applicable commuters combined

“Applicable commuters” are employees that work 17 hours or more per week for 20 or more weeks per year; that commute to work between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.; and use their vehicle for work purposes during work hours less than 5 times per month.

“Applicable students” are students that are full-time commuting students and live off campus; are scheduled to begin and complete classes between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m.; and need their vehicle for class assignments or for after-school work less than five times per month.

For further details, please visit:

http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/air/programs/the-massachusetts-rideshare-program.html

If you meet the rideshare requirements, your annual report is due December 31, 2016.

What must you do if your business/educational facility meets the requirements?

  • Collect data by surveying your employees/students current commuting patterns*
  • Identify available commuting options
  • Set goals and develop a plan for reducing drive-alone commute trips by 25 percent
  • Offer options and incentives to reduce drive-alone commute trips
  • Review how commuting patterns will change as a result

*For the majority of businesses and educational institutions this year is a long form year and a survey may be required.  Many companies choose to conduct a survey each year.

Many facilities find collecting rideshare data and surveying employees and students a challenge. CAPACCIO has been helping clients for years by making this process easier and more efficient. Using web-based forms we have developed, CAPACCIO can host your custom commuter survey online and collect data in a database for easy analysis. The findings can be shared with employees online and also be tailored to report commuter trends for your environmental management system (EMS) objectives and targets and help facilitate the completion of your rideshare report. The tool may also be tailored to your facility’s internal programs where employee transportation has been identified as a significant environmental aspect in your EMS goals and targets.

For more information, please contact Dan Forsythe at 508-970-0033 ext. 135 or dforsythe@capaccio.com

Annual Rideshare Reports Due December 31, 2015 Reply

As you may be aware, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s (MassDEP’s) Rideshare Regulation (310 CMR 7.16) requires facilities that meet certain criteria to complete and submit an annual Rideshare Report summarizing their rideshare program.

The criteria that must be met to be applicable to these requirements includes:

  • Businesses with 250 or more applicable commuters that are subject to the MassDEP Air Operating Permit Program (310 CMR 7.00, Appendix C) or
  • Businesses with 1,000 or more applicable commuters
  • Educational institutions with 1,000 or more applicable students or applicable commuters combined

The definition of “applicable commuters” is employees that work 17 hours or more per week for 20 or more weeks per year; that commute to work between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.; and use their vehicle for work purposes during work hours less than 5 times per month. “Applicable students” are students that are full-time commuting students and live off campus; are scheduled to begin and complete classes between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m.; and need their vehicle for class assignments or for after-school work less than five times per month.

For further details, please visit:
http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/air/programs/the-massachusetts-rideshare-program.html

If you meet the rideshare requirements, your annual report is due December 31, 2015.

What must you do if your business/educational facility meets the requirements?

  • Collect data by surveying your employees/students current commuting patterns*
  • Identify available commuting options
  • Set goals and develop a plan for reducing drive-alone commute trips by 25 percent
  • Offer options and incentives to reduce drive-alone commute trips
  • Review how commuting patterns will change as a result

*For the majority of businesses and educational institutions this year is a short form year so a survey is not required; however, many companies choose to conduct a survey each year.

Many facilities find collecting rideshare data from employees a challenge. CAPACCIO has been helping clients make the process easier and more efficient. Using web-based forms we developed, CAPACCIO can host your custom commuter survey online and collect data in a database for easy analysis. The findings can be shared with employees online and also be tailored to report commuter trends for your environmental management system (EMS) objectives and targets and help facilitate the completion of your rideshare report. The tool may also be tailored to your facility’s internal programs where employee transportation has been identified as a significant environmental aspect in your EMS goals and targets. Please see CAPACCIO’s rideshare service sheet for more details or visit our website for our entire suite of services.

For more information on CAPACCIO’s rideshare services, please contact Dan Forsythe at (508) 970-0033 ext. 135 or dforsythe@capaccio.com.

Annual Rideshare Reports Due December 31, 2013 Reply

As you may be aware, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s (MassDEP’s) Rideshare Regulation (310 CMR 7.16) requires facilities that meet certain criteria to complete and submit an annual Rideshare Report summarizing their rideshare program.

The criteria that must be met to be applicable to these requirements includes:

• Businesses with 250 or more applicable commuters that are subject to the MassDEP Air Operating Permit Program (310 CMR 7.00, Appendix C) or

• Businesses with 1,000 or more applicable commuters

• Educational institutions with 1,000 or more applicable students or applicable commuters combined

The definition of “applicable commuters” is employees that work 17 hours or more per week for 20 or more weeks per year; that commute to work between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.; and use their vehicle for work purposes during work hours less than 5 times per month. “Applicable students” are students that are full-time commuting students and live off campus; are scheduled to begin and complete classes between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m.; and need their vehicle for class assignments or for after-school work less than five times per month.

For further details, please visit:
http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/air/programs/the-massachusetts-rideshare-program.html

If you meet the rideshare requirements, your annual report is due December 31, 2013.

What must you do if your business/educational facility meets the requirements?

• Collect data by surveying your employees/students current commuting patterns*
• Identify available commuting options
• Set goals and develop a plan for reducing drive-alone commute trips by 25 percent
• Offer options and incentives to reduce drive-alone commute trips
• Review how commuting patterns will change as a result

*This year is a short form year so a survey is not required; however, many companies choose to conduct a survey each year.

Many facilities find collecting rideshare data from employees a challenge. Capaccio has been helping clients make the process easier and more efficient. Using web-based forms we developed, Capaccio can host your custom commuter survey online and collect data in a database for easy analysis. The findings can be shared with employees online and also be tailored to report commuter trends for your environmental management system (EMS) objectives and targets and help facilitate the completion of your rideshare report. The tool may also be tailored to your facility’s internal programs where employee transportation has been identified as a significant environmental aspect in your EMS goals and targets. Please see our rideshare service sheet for more details or visit our website for our entire suite of services.

For more information on Capaccio’s rideshare services, please contact Dan Forsythe at (508) 970-0033 ext. 135 or dforsythe@capaccio.com.