The award-winning sustainability program at St. John’s Medical Center
implemented a new goal for the summer: reduce the number of people driving
themselves to work by 3%.
St. John’s human resources and wellness departments listened to staff
input and took a creative approach that would make a positive impact on
summer traffic and parking, increase employees’ well-being, improve
sustainability goals, and foster connection among colleagues.
The solution? A program called “Liberate Your Parking Spot,”
in which staff members are paid $5 for every day that they carpool, bike,
or walk to work between June 1 and August 31.
“Once we started looking at all the potential benefits, including
more parking for the hospital and less stress for employees, it became
clear this was a worthwhile investment for us to pilot as an organization,”
said Thom Kinney, director of human resources.
During the first two months of the program, 228 individual participants
carpooled, biked, or walked to work, for a total of over 4,000 participant
days. Approximately 39% of participants carpooled, 41% biked, and 20%
walked. Due to the popularity of the program, St. John’s installed
new bike racks on campus.
The response from employees has been extremely positive, with comments
like, “This is amazing!” and “These are totally the
things that increase employee happiness!”
Prior to implementing Liberate Your Parking Spot, a survey showed that
approximately 60% of staff members drive themselves to work, 12% carpool,
11% bike, and 6% take the bus.
Media contact: Karen Connelly, 307.739.7380,
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