Regent Limousine Service Acquires Two Hybrids

Victoria, BC – Regent Limousine Service is a chauffeured ground transportation company that has been serving Victoria, British Columbia and its surrounding areas for over twenty-five years.

Recently, Regent Limousine Service acquired two new Lincoln MKZ Hybrid L vehicles within their fleet, in an effort to further their commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from their business operations.

The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid offers exceptional fuel economy with 41 mpg city, 36 mpg highway, and a combined fuel economy of 39 mpg.

“Regent Limousine Service continues to be accountable for its carbon footprint” says Sarah Champoux, Program Director of Green Ride Global. “With the addition of these Hybrid L vehicles, we anticipate seeing a significant improvement in fuel efficiency.”

As a Silver member of Green Ride Global (GRG), Regent Limousine Service is committed to improving business operations towards environmental sustainability.

Learn more about Regent Limousine: http://www.regentlimousine.bc.ca/

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GRI Launches Event Sustainability Guidance

The Global Reporting Initiative has published sustainability guidance for events, from business meetings to cultural festivals, and the organizers of this year’s Olympics say they’ll be using the guidelines to help meet their environmental goals.

The GRI said the Event Organizers Sector Supplement (EOSS) is suitable for all types and sizes of events, including conferences, exhibitions and sports festivals, and covers the complete event lifecycle from bid to planning, execution and event legacy.

GRI said the guidance will enable organizers to report their sustainability performance in a comparable way, covering impacts to natural environments, communities, and local and global economies. It also said the guidance makes reporting more relevant for event organizers with explanations of how to provide qualitative and quantitative information on sustainability issues.

In addition to commonly reported-on impacts such as greenhouse gas emissions and waste, the guidance aims to help event organizers report on more specific issues including attendee travel, legacy of the event, and initiatives taken at the event to promote sustainability and transparency. The supplement can be used to report before or after an event has taken place.

Phil Cumming, corporate sustainability manager for the 2012 London Olympics, said the supplement will play a key role in achieving the sustainability goals of the Games. He said his organization wants to use the guidance to set new standards and create a “knowledge legacy” for more sustainable event management.

Maaike Fleur, senior manager for reporting frameworks at GRI, said that public sustainability reporting is a relatively new concept for event organizers. Sustainable Event Alliance president Meegan Jones agreed, saying the industry has needed such guidance for a long time.

Sebastien Tondeur, CEO of MCI and Chairman of Meeting Professionals International (MPI), said both his company and his association are already using the supplement to improve their sustainability initiatives. He said the guidance will make it easier for the events industry to be transparent about sustainability strategies and events.

Volunteers from events companies, governments, labor and civil society organizations helped develop the supplement through a working group. They then held two public comment periods and considered the consultation feedback before finalizing the guidance.

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Premier Transportation of Minneapolis is Accountable for Carbon Footprint

Minneapolis, MN – Premier Transportation, a chauffeured transportation company serving Minneapolis and surrounding area, has designed a carbon reduction strategy aimed at achieving greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions from their fleet through fuel efficiency and the transition to new technologies.

As a Gold Member of Green Ride Global (GRG) – a firm that creates and implements environmental sustainability programs for the ground transportation industry – Premier Transportation is committed to evolving operations toward environmental sustainability. Their environmental program includes the following:

  • A comprehensive environmental policy that identifies and addresses the reduction of potential environmental impacts from all areas of business operations
  • Environmental Management System
  • Fleet GHG Inventory
  • Ongoing measurement and monitoring of fleet GHG emissions
  • Transition to the latest low-carbon vehicles and fuels
  • Ongoing monitoring and enforcement of GHG emissions reductions including a responsible driving practice across the entire fleet
  • Greening of the supply chain
  • Fleet GHG emissions reporting
  • Exclusive hybrid vehicle discount program through Royale Limousine
  • Green Ride Global member identification on Limos.com and Forground.com booking platforms

As the first Green Ride Global Member in Minnesota, the team at Premier Transportation recognized the need to differentiate themselves as environmental leaders in their market. “Customers are increasingly looking for green suppliers when it comes to ground transportation” says Janet Cherrier, President of Premier Transportation. “We are committed to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions from all areas of our business operations and are assisting our clients in reaching their own sustainability goals.”

Learn more about Premier Transportation: http://www.premiertrans.com/

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North Point Transportation Group Demonstrates Environmental Leadership in Atlanta

Atlanta, GA – North Point Transportation Group, a chauffeured transportation company serving Atlanta and surrounding area, has designed a carbon reduction strategy aimed at achieving greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions from their fleet through fuel efficiency and the transition to new technologies.

As a Gold Member of Green Ride Global (GRG) – a firm that creates and implements environmental sustainability programs for the ground transportation industry – North Point Transportation Group is committed to evolving operations toward environmental sustainability. Their environmental program includes the following:

  • A comprehensive environmental policy that identifies and addresses the reduction of potential environmental impacts from all areas of business operations
  • Environmental Management System
  • Fleet GHG Inventory
  • Ongoing measurement and monitoring of fleet GHG emissions
  • Transition to the latest low-carbon vehicles and fuels
  • Ongoing monitoring and enforcement of GHG emissions reductions including a responsible driving practice across the entire fleet
  • Greening of the supply chain
  • Fleet GHG emissions reporting
  • Exclusive hybrid vehicle discount program through Royale Limousine
  • Green Ride Global member identification on Limos.com and Forground.com booking platforms

As the first Green Ride Global Member in Atlanta, Georgia, the team at North Point Transportation Group recognized the need to differentiate themselves as environmental leaders in their market. “Customers are looking for green ground transportation providers” says Tony Mehdiof, C.O.O. of North Point Transportation Group. “We are committed to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions from all areas of our business operations, more specifically our fleet, and can now provide a service that will help our clients reach their own sustainability goals.”

Learn more about North Point Transportation Group:
www.nplimo.com or call 678-935-5000

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Green Ride Global Contributes to Forest Again

In an effort to continue to reduce the environmental impact of the ground transportation industry, Green Ride Global is contributing to the Forest Again carbon project on behalf of all of our members.

Forest Again is an international Climate, Community & Biodiversity (CCB) Gold Level Certified carbon project in Kenya, Africa. As the only rainforest in Kenya, the Kakamega Forest creates thousands of jobs in one of Kenya’s most impoverished areas. Through the production of seedlings, tree planting and long-term maintenance of reforested sites, the Forest Again project is removing an estimated 11, 000 tons of CO2 per year while conserving its endangered species and biodiversity.

Located in western Kenya, the Kakamega Forest is recognized by the IUCN for its conservation status, where only half of it is currently protected despite the forest being less than half its original size. Forest Again aims to restore the forest by connecting the smaller, fragmented areas with the main forest, rebuilding a cohesive ecosystem that is critical in conserving its endangered species and biodiversity. Carbon revenues from this project fund forest management as well as the Muileshi Community Forest Association (CFA), an organization representing the 70 villages around the forest. The CFA educates, assists and implements long-term income opportunities for these people, providing economic and environmental benefits to one of the world’s most densest and poorest rural populations.

For more information on Forest Again, please click here.

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Pure Luxury Transportation’s Unwavering Environmental Commitment

Four Years of Traveling on the Green Road

Pure Luxury Transportation, a chauffeured ground transportation company servicing Sonoma County, Napa Valley, and the Greater Bay Area, has an ongoing commitment to environmental progress of their entire business operations and is continuously recognized for their efforts.

Over the past four years, Pure Luxury Transportation has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions produced by their vehicles, electricity and waste diversion through staff and chauffeur behavior modification, strict anti-idling policies and the use of alternative fuels.

Over the full year of 2010, Pure Luxury Transportation has reduced their environmental footprint, on a per-vehicle basis, by 2% and their fleet performance has steadily improved by 0.6% annually since the 2008 baseline year.

With their energy efficiency, waste reduction and recycling programs, Pure Luxury Transportation has saved over 3 tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2010 alone.

Thanks in part to their dedication to sustainability, Pure Luxury Transportation was named 2010 Best Transportation Service Provider by Meetings & Events Magazine.

Pure Luxury Transportation has also just been awarded Best of Wine Tourism Services for 2012, in recognition from Great Wine Capitals Global Network San Francisco/Napa Valley 2012 Regional Best of Wine Tourism Awards. Not only did the judges award Pure Luxury Transportation for their outstanding level of service, but also for their aggressive environmental policies and initiatives as a green ground transportation provider.

“Our environmental commitments remain a huge priority among our business operations” said Jennifer Buffo, COO of Pure Luxury Transportation. “We are committed to reducing our environmental footprint, and this is evident through our continued annual emissions reductions and the recognition we receive in our local market for our environmental efforts.”

As part of Pure Luxury Transportation’s ongoing strategy, they continue to measure, manage and monitor their GHG emissions, transform vehicle operation standards through the enforcement of reduced vehicle idle times, reduced speed limits and reduced accelerations, and continue to research and implement alternative fuels, as well as continue their transition to next-generation hybrids and diesel vehicles.

Learn more about Pure Luxury Transportation: http://www.pureluxury.com/

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EmpireCLS Expands Sustainability Reporting throughout Global Affiliate Network

Aiming to provide audited environmental reporting from Top 40 Global Markets to corporate travel clientele. 

For Immediate Release – Secaucus, NJ:  EmpireCLS takes client-specific sustainability reporting very seriously.  So seriously in fact, that they have started to enroll their Top 40 Affiliate Network transportation partners into the Green Ride Global program to ensure audited data flows into the sustainability reporting for their top clients.

“Being accountable for your environmental footprint is a fundamental component of our business operations,” said David Seelinger, Chairman and CEO of EmpireCLS.  “A company can only truly understand how to manage their footprint if they have measurements in place.”

EmpireCLS measures and tracks all aspects of their environmental footprint, have a third-party audited algorithm that feeds trip specific carbon footprint data onto all trip receipts, and provides monthly, quarterly and annual customer specific supply chain carbon reporting to clients that require this information.  Now, based on new client requests, EmpireCLS is working with their Global Network Partners to capture their sustainability data as well.  This is managed through participation in the Green Ride Global program – a program that entrenches sustainability into the daily operations of transportation companies.

The Affiliate markets reporting audited carbon data to Green Ride Global include Boston, Nashville, Miami, Atlanta, Sacramento, Phoenix, Denver, Washington DC, Dallas, Toronto, Montreal, Victoria, Orange County, San Francisco, Kansas City, and Seattle.  More markets are being added weekly.

“The Green Ride Global program captures the accurate carbon footprint of every vehicle in the program.  The data is stored inside each respective company’s Carbon Inventory, where it can be pulled from to complete any large, global corporate reporting requirement,” explained Justin Raymond, President and CEO of Green Ride Global.  “The thirst for sustainability data from business travel and event-related programs is growing.  For many corporations, it is a key element of their RFP process as well.

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About EmpireCLS
EmpireCLS is one of the largest chauffeured transportation companies operating in more than 700 cities around the globe.  More than transportation from point A to point B, EmpireCLS has built a reputation for providing a luxurious and comfortable transportation experience beyond the ride.  This experience encompasses not only the physical transportation, but also the myriad tools and services that make your interaction with EmpireCLS entirely simple, effortless, secure, comfortable and consistent.  For more information you can visit our new website at www.EmpireCLS.com.

About Green Ride Global
GREEN RIDE GLOBAL creates and implements third-party verified environmental sustainability programs for the transportation industry, with a focus on chauffeured ground transportation companies. Its programs cause real and measurable reductions in their clients’ greenhouse gas emissions and environmental footprints. GRG’s team provides tailored environmental solutions, strategic sales and marketing tools, and auditable reports showing progress toward environmental sustainability.

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