Transportation Coordinator Spotlight:
Steven Gottleib, COTTONWOOD de TUCSON
What is your job at Cottonwood, in addition to being a TC?
My role has changed in my 7 years with Cottonwood, an inpatient holistic behavioral health treatment center and addiction rehab facility. I am a registered nurse by trade and when I started working at Cottonwood, I worked primarily in patient care, infection prevention and employee health. With time, my role has shifted to training staff and giving patient lectures.
Tell us about Cottonwood’s travel reduction incentive program.
Cottonwood was awarded a $350 stipend as part of the 2013 TRP Incentive program, which we were able to use creatively.
Our program had two parts: First, employees were awarded a meal ticket in any week that they used an alternate mode of transport. A total of 60 tickets were allocated. Second, the employee that used an alternate mode of transportation the most often during the contest received a $50 award.
What advice can you give to other TCs?
Don’t give up. Keep plugging away. Work will always get in the way, but there is always an extra little piece you can add to the puzzle, such as sending out a quick email to your staff about an event or program. The more you put it out there, the more it will make a difference.
What are the biggest transportation challenges for Cottonwood?
The biggest challenge is there is no public transportation to our facility. Our nearest bus stop is a couple miles away, so some people still take the bus and then walk or bike from there.
Other difficulties include all the different shifts our nursing staff may work. It makes it very challenging to coordinate carpools and keep them running over time.
What’s been the most successful strategy to get your employees involved, engaged and actively participating in Sun Rideshare?
Cottonwood has seen success by providing staff with quarterly prizes and highlighting Sun Rideshare offerings and events on our internal website. People start talking about it, increasing awareness. It also has spawned other facets of sustainability, like improving our recycling program and highway cleanup.