News and stories by Rachel Bannon-Godfrey

Rachel Bannon-Godfrey

Director of Sustainability, RNL

How to pick the right sustainability ratings certification for your transit agency

How to pick the right sustainability ratings certification for your transit agency

August 31, 2016

Rating systems have become the currency of sustainability. The right sustainability ratings system provides an important third-party verification of your agency’s commitment to creating facilities that reduce carbon emissions, save water, create healthier work environments for your employees and have a positive impact on the communities they serve.

5 Transit Facility Design Elements to Boost Employee Health, Well-Being

5 Transit Facility Design Elements to Boost Employee Health, Well-Being

June 30, 2016

Everyone needs to take a mental and physical break at some point in the workday, whether they’ve been concentrating on a computer screen, the road, or the underside of a bus, truck or train car. The tricky part for transit agencies is that each of these activities takes place in different surroundings, lighting conditions, room temperature and noise levels. With that in mind, consider the following factors in your facility design.

How Lighting Design Can Impact Transportation's Shift Workers

How Lighting Design Can Impact Transportation's Shift Workers

May 17, 2016

Shifts are long and varying, and facilities are often inadequate for transit employees to truly recharge and stay sharp on the job. But it doesn’t have to be that way. The quality of the environment within facilities can be designed to support shift workers and those with jobs that don’t follow traditional 9-to-5 schedules. Two key elements that can be utilized to support vehicle operator health; creating spaces with adaptability for varied activities and quality lighting that supports the adaptability of the space.

How Transit Facility Design Empowers Employees, Supports Active Lifestyles

How Transit Facility Design Empowers Employees, Supports Active Lifestyles

April 20, 2016

Most transit facilities have a break room for operators to use between shifts — typically an artificially lit space with a TV, vending machines, and cafeteria-style tables and chairs. The trouble is, every person has a different way of relaxing. Besides exposure to daylight and nature, key components of wellbeing are social cohesion and a sense of empowerment. The key here then is to empower employees to choose the best way to relieve their own stress around shifts.

The Benefits of Taking a Leadership Role in Transit Workplace Well-Being

The Benefits of Taking a Leadership Role in Transit Workplace Well-Being

March 16, 2016

A health and wellness revolution is underway in America. Concurrently, there is a growing public health initiative to promote safer, more accessible recreation facilities and active transit options. Transit agencies are uniquely positioned in the overlap of these two movements. By promoting health and well-being, agencies have an opportunity to show leadership and innovation in a truly holistic approach to total worker health, while benefiting workforce productivity and happiness.

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