UMass Boston Wins Second Straight Gold Award for Commuting Options

Office of Communications | June 08, 2018
Daniel Scavongelli (in the middle of the photo, wearing a checked blue shirt) accepted UMass Boston's award. He's pictured here with the other winners.

Daniel Scavongelli (in the middle of the photo, wearing a checked blue shirt) accepted UMass Boston's award. He's pictured here with the other winners.

UMass Boston Has Won ECO Award Since Inception in 2011

UMass Boston has received its second consecutive Gold Excellence in Commuter Options (ECO) Award for its longstanding commitment to eco-friendly commuting options. It is the highest level of awards that MassRIDES, MassCommute, and MassDOT give out.

Daniel Scavongelli, the interim transportation demand management coordinator for UMass Boston’s Transportation Department, was on hand to receive the award in a ceremony this spring at Fenway Park.

“I am grateful to our community members for utilizing these sustainable transportation options, and I would like to thank all departments who work to make this award possible each year, including Campus Services, Transportation Services, Human Resources, Sustainability and Recycling, Environmental Health and Safety, the Campus Center, Master Planning, Procurement, and Facilities,” Scavongelli said.

UMass Boston’s many green transit options include discounted and pre-tax transit and parking passes; carpool, vanpool, and rideshare options with onsite amenities including food; an Emergency Ride Home program; a partnership with MassRIDES; free eco shuttle bus service that approximately half of the community utilizes; ample racks for bicycle parking; and direct access to the HarborWalk.

Awarded since 2011, the ECO Awards are a celebration of the exemplary contributions Massachusetts employers and colleges/universities have made toward encouraging and supporting employees who use green, sustainable, and healthy transportation options in the commonwealth. What are now the Bronze, Silver, and Gold awards used to be known as Pacesetter, Leader, and Pinnacle.

UMass Boston received Leader Awards every year from 2011 through 2016, a Pinnacle Award in 2017, and a Spotlight Award for Leadership in Commuter Options in the area of walking in 2016.

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Posted by Bill Caldwell | June 15, 2018 - 1:30 p.m.

UMass Boston has been this way from Day 1. I attended in the 1970s, starting in Park Square and moving to Columbia Point when that campus opened, and once I was attending at Columbia Point I was always able to take the Red Line of the T to JFK Station, get a shuttle bus to the campus, and walk to class. Always easily accessible.