Office of General Services

New York State Office of General Services

Green Employee Commuting

Encourage Biking or Walking to Work  

Making the workplace conducive for walkers and bikers can reduce emissions, decrease traffic and help employees with their fitness goals. Here are a few ways to encourage biking/walking:

Encourage Public Transit Use  

Using public transit lowers vehicle emissions, decreases traffic, and allows employees to be more productive during their commute, instead of driving.


NYS-Ride is a negotiated benefit program sponsored by the Governor's Office of Employee Relations (GOER) and administered by WageWorks, Inc., which provides New York State employees with the opportunity to pay for certain work-related transportation expenses on a pre-tax basis. NYS-Ride allows you to save money on your eligible transportation costs. You pay for these expenses through pre-tax payroll deductions and save money each month.

WageWorks purchases public transportation fare media (such as bus, subway and vanpool passes, and fare cards) from transit authorities and will mail your selected fare media directly to your home address. Or use your WageWorks Commuter Card. Check with your Human Resources Department for the current Pre-Tax Transit Limit.

You can promote this program by launching an educational campaign in your office to ensure that employees know about this important benefit. This can include all staff emails and putting posters in communal areas. For more information and resources on promoting NYS-Ride, including postcards, flyers, and talking points, reach out to the program administrator at:

Public Transit Providers

Let the employees know about public transit options in your community by sending around information via email and posting route schedules around the office.


Carpooling is a simple and effective way to lower emissions from employee commutes. Promoting carpooling can be as simple as sending out an email to staff encouraging this option along with resources to help them find a ride or offering preferred parking spots for employees who carpool on a regular basis.

Workplace Electric Vehicle Charging  

New York State is leading by example with its commitment to increase the amount of electric vehicles on our roads and ensuring the availability of workplace electric vehicle charging for all interested employees by 2020. As part of this initiative the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Office of General Services are launching a pilot program in Downtown Albany to learn more about employee charging habits to inform a successful statewide rollout.

To learn more about offering employee charging at your facilities please reach out to Brendan Woodruff (518-402-9159 or

Workplace Charging Challenge

The US Department of Energy’s Workplace Charging Challenge aims to have 500 U.S. employers join the initiative as partners by 2018. Partners set a minimum goal of providing charging for a portion of plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) driving employees and a best practice goal of meeting all employee demand. For more information, visit:

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