Jennifer Cox and Steven Eddy of Tucson Electric Power
Jennifer Cox serves as both the TC and the Special Projects Coordinator for Tucson Electric Power (TEP). She handles two locations, one at Irvington and the other downtown, each with their own benefits and challenges.
Jennifer shared a few of her experiences. “The Irvington site is generally a long commute for employees wanting to walk or bike, but there are designated carpool spots and we have shower facilities. With the construction of the new TEP building in 2011, many of our employees were relocated from Irvington to our downtown location. Our monthly bus ridership increased from 10 to 60 employees. The new building includes a secure bike storage facility, designated parking for carpoolers, electric charging stations for company and personal electric vehicles and showers.”
“Having information available and focusing on the benefits of alternative modes encourage employees to consider options. The health benefits of biking, environmental stewardship, monetary savings, including TEP’s 100 percent subsidy for bus passes, make it attractive for employees to use alternative modes of transportation. In addition to PAG’s Guaranteed Ride Home program, we provide a motorpool car when possible or reimbursement for a cab ride home for employees. Sometimes ease of use and comfort in knowing they always have a way home, if necessary, is more important than monetary incentives.”
Jennifer highlighted that TEP is increasingly focused on sustainable practices, not only in the way they do business, but also in internal practices. The amenities and incentives provided to employees contribute to TEP’s sustainability efforts.