Archive for November, 2011

EmpireCLS Expands Sustainability Reporting throughout Global Affiliate Network

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

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 informationn.  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.

November – December 2011 Green Preferred Supplier List Now Available

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Green Ride Global is pleased to provide the November- December 2011 Green Preferred Supplier List™ (GPSL) for ground travel and chauffeured transportation services for the United States, Canada and Europe.

The following markets and new companies have recently joined Green Ride Global:

Universal Limousine and Transportation
California: Sacramento, San Francisco, Oakland, Napa, San Jose

Grand Avenue Limousine
Tennessee: Nashville, Brentwood, Franklin, Mount Juliet, Lebanon

Reliance Worldwide
United Kingdom: Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, London, Manchester

Worldwide Transportation
Florida: Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach

ETS International Limousine
Massachusetts: Boston, Randolph
New Hampshire: Manchester
Rhode Island: Warwick

Please follow this link to view the Green Preferred Supplier List: http://bit.ly/rQetIG

If you would like to receive an updated version of this document every 60 days or so (at no cost), please e-mail your contact info to info@greenrideglobal.com

If you currently use ground transportation companies who are not Green Ride Global members and would like them to achieve a higher level of carbon management and environmental reporting, please forward them the above link or provide them with our contact e-mail: info@greenrideglobal.com

ETS International of Randolph, MA is Accountable for Environmental Footprint

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Randolph, MA- ETS International Limousine, a chauffeured transportation company serving Boston 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), ETS International 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
  • ISO 14001-compliant 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

“There is movement towards sustainable business operations and carbon measurement as a key factor in the selection of ground transportation suppliers,” says John Greene, President and CEO of ETS International Limousine. “We now have a third-party verified environmental program which allows us to be fully accountable for our environmental footprint.”

Learn more about ETS International Limousine:  http://etsintl.net/

 

Worldwide Transportation of Miami Incorporates Sustainability into Business Operations

Thursday, November 17th, 2011


Miami, FL-  Worldwide Transportation, a chauffeured transportation company serving the South Florida 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), Worldwide 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
  • ISO 14001-compliant 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

“We are excited to offer our clients luxury ground transportation that unites quality service with environmental stewardship,” says Alex Malek, President of Worldwide Transportation. “Joining Green Ride Global now allows us to have a third-party verified environmental program in place to measure our environmental footprint, and hold us to account for our environmental commitments”.

Learn more about Worldwide Transportation:  http://worldwidetransportation.com/

 

Reliance Worldwide in London, UK Joins Global Network of Environmental Leaders

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

London, UK - Reliance Worldwide, a chauffeured ground transportation company with headquarters in London, UK, has designed a carbon reduction strategy aimed at achieving greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions from their entire business operation, including fleet, through fuel efficiency and the transition to new technologies.

As a Platinum Member of Green Ride Global (GRG)- a firm that creates and implements environmental sustainability programs for the ground transportation industry- Reliance Worldwide is committed to evolving all aspects of business 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
  • ISO 14001-compliant Environmental Management System
  • Business-wide GHG Inventory
  • Ongoing measurement and monitoring of business-wide 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
  • GHG emissions reporting
  • Complimentary Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reports for corporate clients

Reliance Worldwide has been pro-active in the area of sustainability for some time now,” said Justin Raymond, President  & CEO of Green Ride Global. “By joining Green Ride Global, Reliance Worldwide now has the third-party measurements and reporting to demonstrate data-driven environmental progress to their clients”.

The team at Reliance Worldwide recognised the need to incorporate environmental sustainability into ground transportation. “We are committed to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions from all aspects of our business operations and Green Ride Global is holding us accountable to those commitments,”says Reza Choudhury, President & CEO of Reliance Worldwide.

Learn more about Reliance Worldwide: http://www.reliance-grp.com/

 

Grand Avenue Demonstrates Environmental Leadership in Nashville

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Nashville, TN- Grand Avenue Chauffeured Transportation, a chauffeured transportation company serving the greater Nashville 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 the first Gold Member of Green Ride Global (GRG) in Nashville, Grand Avenue 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
  • ISO 14001-compliant 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

The team at Grand Avenue recognized the need to differentiate themselves as environmental leaders in the Nashville market. “Customers are increasingly looking for sustainable purchasing options when it comes to ground transportation” says Patrick Owings, CFO/COO of Grand Avenue. “As a Green Ride Global member, we are demonstrating our environmental values by committing to decrease Grand Avenue’s carbon footprint”.

Learn more about Grand Avenue Chauffeured Transportation:  http://www.grandavenuelimo.com/

Sacramento Operator, Universal Limousine and Transportation, Makes Environmental Commitment

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Sacramento, CA- Universal Limousine and Transportation, a chauffeured transportation company serving the greater Sacramento 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- Universal Limousine and 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
  • ISO 14001-compliant 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

The team at Universal Limousine and Transportation recognized the need to incorporate sustainability into ground transportation. “When seeking environmentally sustainable options, you don’t need to sacrifice service or luxury,” says Dave Harrott, Controller of Universal Limousine and Transportation. “We are committed to reducing emissions from our fleet, which in turn assists our clients in reaching their own environmental targets”.

Learn more about Universal Limousine and Transportation:  http://universallimo.com/

 

Platinum Limousine Service of Waldorf, MD joins Green Ride Global

Thursday, November 17th, 2011


Waldorf, MD- Platinum Limousine Service, a chauffeured transportation company serving Washington D.C. 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- Platinum Limousine Service 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
  • ISO 14001-compliant 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

Learn more about Platinum Limousine Service:  http://platinumlimousine.com/

Masters Limousine of L.A. Accountable for Carbon Footprint

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Los Angeles, CA- Masters Limousine, a chauffeured transportation company serving the greater LA 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- Masters Limousine 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
  • ISO 14001-compliant 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

Learn more about Masters Limousine: http://masterslimo.com/

About Green Ride Global

Green Ride Global (GRG) 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. GRG member companies are promoted based on their environmental leadership and readiness to the corporate travel managers and meeting & event industry through published directories, online booking platforms (Limos.com), manifest optimizations software (Event Ground Global) and inside of MPI, NBTA, GMIC and ACTE.

Convention Industry Council Announces Completion of Sustainable Meeting Standards

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

The meeting industry is one step closer to the introduction of the very first green meetings and event standards. Today, the Convention Industry Council (CIC) announced that eight of the nine APEX/ASTM Environmentally Sustainable Meeting standards are complete.

“This is a major accomplishment for the collective conventions, meetings, events and exhibitions industry,” stated Karen Kotowski, CAE, CMP, Chief Executive Officer of the Convention Industry Council. “Sustainability is a strategic concern for planners, suppliers and the organizations they represent. These standards are much anticipated so this is a great moment for the volunteers who put such effort to this project”.

The standards were conceptualized and initiated by the Green Meetings Industry Council (GMIC) and the US Environmental Protection Agency. Development has taken place through a partnership between CIC’s Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX), an initiative that focuses on industry best practices and the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International.  The standards have been in intense development since 2007.

The APEX/ASTM standards will be comprised of nine individual “sector” standards, covering all facets of event planning and management. The eight standards that have been ratified cover:

  • Audio-Visual
  • Communication & Marketing Materials
  • Destinations
  • Exhibits
  • Food & Beverage
  • Meeting Venue
  • On-Site Office
  • Transportation

Much of the work and research behind the standards was a result of the work done by the APEX Green Meetings and Events Practice Panel, consisting of 300 planners, suppliers and sustainability experts from across nine time zones. ASTM International provided the formal standards development environment and process including comprehensive input, review and technical expertise from its members across the globe.

“None of this work would have happened without the passion, dedication and conviction of the volunteer force that spans across North America and Europe,” said Amy Spatrisano, Chair of the APEX Green Meetings and Events Panel and Principal at MeetGreen. The level of specificity required and accountability of both the planner and supplier that is built into these standards is unprecedented. It’s a game changer”.

The completed standards will be published in November as both electronic and paper documents.  Information on publication date and availability will be announced and posted on www.conventionindustry.org when the standards are available.

A ninth standard on Accommodations is undergoing final balloting through ASTM.