Vanier College is adding motor power to its commitment to going green. In November, it started implementing an allégo program that will make it easier for its 8,200 students and 1,000 employees to commute to and from the school. In doing so, Vanier is joining the ranks of institutions and businesses that have opted to invest in transportation alternatives to single-occupancy vehicles and promote public transit.

In developing this initiative, Vanier College has been able to draw upon the expertise of Développement économique Saint-Laurent (DESTL) via its Centre de gestion des déplacements (CGD). “The benefits are many, both for the institution and its employees and students,” says coordinator Aline Berthe. It’s a winning solution for organizations, who enjoy greater accessibility and lower management costs (parking, etc.), while providing employees and students with a better quality of life and enhancing the organization’s image.”

Vanier College is also eligible for financial support from the Ministère des Transports du Québec. A MTQ grant can cover up to 50% of the analysis, promotion and assessment costs of the program, up to a maximum of $35,000. Such funds help the institution achieve its objectives. “The government support will be greatly appreciated, as it will help promote our new way of doing things at our institution, which in 2009 achieved the first level of Green CEGEP certification,” explains Beverly Chandler, Communications Director at Vanier College.

An allégo program is a procedure used by a company or an institution that makes it easier to commute by public transit, carpooling, bicycle, or on foot. It some cases it leads to a different way of managing parking or to adjustments to work schedules making alternative means of transportation more accessible and attractive to use.

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