Tips for Selecting and Nominating
Use the samples below of actual nomination forms which were selected for Most Valuable Commuter honors, as a guide to selecting an individual Employee and writing a nomination which reflects this individualís strengths.
Select individual employees to nominate based on their demonstrated commitment to using commute alternatives, their enthusiasm and willingness to encourage fellow employees to use an alternative mode, and their extra efforts to overcome obstacles which could prevent their use of commute alternatives.
Nominate only outstanding individual employees who use the current mode category as their dominate mode (must be over half the commute). For example, if the category is bus rider, do not nominate an employee who carpools over half of their commute trip to meet the bus (this is a carpooler!).
Nominate only individuals for each mode. For example, nominate one employee for the "carpooler" category (not all carpool partners) as the recognition program is focused on individual Most Valuable Commuters.
Nominees don't have to be life-long users of alternative transportation. Individuals who have recently made the commitment to use commute alternatives are also excellent candidates for a Most Valuable Commuter award.
Nominees should be aware of their nomination for a Most Valuable Commuter award and agree to the public recognition which would result if selected (story and photo on CommuteSmartNW.org, poster with photo).
Get your CTR Committee and/or management involved in selecting potential Most Valuable Commuter candidates, to increase their ownership and support of the program.
Allow ample time to complete the nomination forms and include input from the individual(s) you are nominating, to convey a true reflection of their commitment and participation in commute alternatives in your written nomination.
Completed nomination forms should address each of the five specific questions on the Most Valuable Commuter form.
Nominations must be submitted on time because all Most Valuable Commuter nominations are forwarded to the CommuteSmartNW Recognition Committee for their review and scoring, on the next business day.
Online Nomination Forms
Commute Smart Champion Nomination Forms
Most Valuable Commuter (MVC)
ETCs can nominate up to three MVCs each quarter, each one being a different mode and you select the modes. i.e. you can select a carpooler, bus rider and teleworker or vanpooler, bicyclist and bus rider, you can't duplicate any mode in one quarter.
ETCs tell us what you have been doing over the last 3 months to promote and encourage participation in your CTR program. Information will be used to help select the All Star Coach.
All Star Leader
Please explain how your leader provides support for your CTR program and why he/she should be recognized for the All Star Leader Award. All nominations will be reviewed by Spokane County's Commute Smart Champions committee and CommuteSmartNW. If selected, your leader will be recognized at a networking lunch, included on the Commute Smart Champions quarterly posters, their story and photo posted on CommuteSmartNW.org as well as an ad in the Journal of Business.
For tips and samples on nominating and information about the Commute Smart Champions Awards program, please review and select the links located to the right.