Go Green

By becoming a goDCgo School Ambassador, your school will receive recognition for its efforts as a transportation leader. By offering transportation benefits and creative program incentives, your school can help to make the District the healthiest, greenest, and most livable city in the United States.

Become an Ambassador

BRONZE CRITERIA

Complete at least one strategy for staff or students.

Staff-focused strategies:

  • Conduct baseline commuter survey of school and administrative staff
  • Express interest in offering transit benefits or alternative commuter benefits program
  • Include transportation information (bike, walk, transit, rideshare) on intranet, bulletin boards, school website, etc.
  • Distribute information about available transit benefits to all new hires and employees (e.g. flyer, email, etc.)

Student-focused strategy:

  • Provide information about Kids Ride Free to all students and families

BRONZE PERKS

  • goDCgo designation acknowledgment in newsletter
  • Recognition at our Annual School Ambassador Awards
  • Digital badge for online marketing use
  • Continued support from goDCgo through our complimentary services: commute surveys, brochure ordering, and commuter benefits implementation support

SILVER CRITERIA

Complete required strategy plus one additional strategy for staff or students.

Required strategy:

  • Designate a school transportation coordinator and share their contact information with goDCgo

Staff-focused strategies:

  • Provide pre-tax transportation benefits for transit or vanpool use
  • Meet with goDCgo School Services and develop a Sustainable Transportation Plan
  • Set-up a permanent transportation information display and/or transit screens
  • Host a transportation or benefits fair to promote commuter benefits
  • Participate in the Capital Bikeshare Corporate Membership Program
  • Install electric car charging station onsite
  • Facilitate internal carpool or vanpool formation meetings
  • Provide preferential parking for carpools or vanpools
  • Provide bike racks or lockers
  • Promote commuter transportation events like Bike to Work Day, Bus to Work Day, etc.
  • Promote the Guaranteed Ride Home program

Student-focused strategies:

  • Host student and family-focused transportation events like Bike to School Day and Walk to School Day
  • Promote student and family-focused transportation events like Bike to School Day and Walk to School Day

SILVER PERKS

  • goDCgo designation acknowledgment in newsletter
  • Recognition at our Annual School Ambassador Awards
  • Featured on goDCgo.com
  • Digital badge for online marketing use
  • Continued support from goDCgo through our complimentary services: commute surveys, brochure ordering, and commuter benefits implementation support
  • Additional support with implementing Capital Bikeshare Membership Program, facilitating internal carpool/vanpool formation meetings, and hosting a transportation benefits fair

GOLD CRITERIA

Complete required Gold Level strategy and one additional Gold Level strategy (for staff or students) PLUS complete two additional Silver Level strategies.

Required strategy:

  • Conduct an annual staff commute survey to track progress of sustainable transportation goals and plan

Staff-focused strategies:

  • Have 20% or more staff participating in pre-tax transportation benefits
  • Implement a parking fee but provide free or significantly discounted parking for carpools/ vanpools OR provide a parking ‘cashout’ option
  • Supplement the Guaranteed Ride Home program with payment for additional trips
  • Provide shuttle service to and from transit stations that staff can use
  • Provide school staff free or discounted courses on how to learn to ride a bike
  • Provide financial incentives for walking, biking, taking transit, or carpooling
  • Provide a comprehensive walk or bike program (includes installing showers, bike racks/lockers, or providing financial incentives for bicycling/walking)

Student-focused strategies:

  • Provide students free or discounted courses on how to learn to ride a bike
  • Facilitate external carpool or ‘walkpool’ formation meetings for students and families
  • Conduct travel surveys of students and families every two years
  • Provide shuttle service to and from transit stations for students

GOLD PERKS

  • goDCgo designation acknowledgment in newsletter
  • Recognition at our Annual School Ambassador Awards
  • Featured on goDCgo.com
  • Digital badge for online marketing use
  • Opportunity to be featured in a success story
  • Social media support – including mentions, re-tweets and follows on all platforms
  • Continued support from goDCgo through our complimentary services: commute surveys, brochure ordering, and commuter benefits implementation support
  • Additional support with implementing a parking fee, doing annual commute survey, and conducting commuter travel surveys of students and families.

PLATINUM CRITERIA

Complete at least one required strategy.

  • Implement three or more of the Gold Level sustainable transportation strategies AND complete three or more Silver Level strategies
  • Achieve staff commuter benefit enrollment goal AND SOV reduction goal in your Sustainable Transportation Plan

PLATINUM PERKS

  • goDCgo designation acknowledgment in newsletter
  • Recognition at our Annual School Ambassador Awards
  • Glass Ambassador Certificate
  • Featured on goDCgo.com
  • Digital badge for online marketing use
  • Opportunity to be featured in a success story
  • Opportunity to be featured in regionwide newsletter publication
  • Social media support – including mentions, re-tweets and follows on all platforms
  • Continued support from goDCgo through our complimentary services: commute surveys, brochure ordering, and commuter benefits implementation support
  • Additional support to implement gold level strategies to maintain SOV reduction goals and commuter benefits enrollment rates

Ambassador Resources

Custom Survey

Custom Survey

goDCgo will create a customized transportation survey for your school and analyze the data to produce recommendations. Collecting baseline data about your staff’s and students’ commutes can help create the best Sustainable Transportation Plan for your school. With data in hand, your school can make an easier case for implementing new commuter benefits and amenities.

On-Site Promotions

On-Site Promotions

Transportation is always changing in DC. Keep your teachers, staff, and students up to date on all the latest options as well as tips and tricks for sustainable commuting with complimentary services from goDCgo.

  • Lunch-and-Learns
  • Tabling at benefit or transportation fairs
  • Custom Get Around Guides for your school
  • Transportation brochures and bike maps

For more information about these services, reach out to info@goDCgo.com or 202-299-2186

Webinars and Commuter Benefits Support

Webinars and Commuter Benefits Support

goDCgo hosts monthly webinars and virtual office hours to provide support for schools looking to enhance their commuter benefits programs and amenities. These events provide an opportunity to engage directly with a Client Services Manager.

Subscribe to our monthly newsletter to receive invitations to these webinars and virtual office hours.

School Ambassadors

School Transportation Coordinator (STC) Perks

When you become a School Transporation Coordinator you’ll receive:

-A FREE Capital Bikeshare 1-year Membership (Limited Availability)
-goDCgo School Services Swag (notebook, tote, pens, post-it notes, water bottle, bike lights)
-Annual STC only thank you lunch
-A chance to win the STC Award at the Annual Ambassador Awards Ceremony

goDCgo School Ambassador Awards

goDCgo’s Ambassador Awards is a time to celebrate the effort all our School Ambassadors have put into improving their school’s transportation programs and amenities. With a catered meal, networking, and awards ceremony, this is an event you don’ want to miss! Make sure you’re a designated ambassador for a chance to get recognized at the 2021 inaugural School Ambassador Awards.

FAQs

The School Ambassador designation is a way to recognize DC schools and showcase their commitment to sustainable transportation. Designations are based on a set of criteria that involve promoting and providing alternative travel options and transportation benefits to school staff, students, and families.

The School Ambassadors Awards Ceremony is an annual event to honor DC public, private, and charter schools who have gone above and beyond to promote sustainable transportation and continue to build interest in the use of alternative travel options through their exceptional benefit programs and amenities. The inaugural awards ceremony will take place in 2021.

Eligible schools are thoroughly evaluated against other DC schools by a selection committee of transportation industry thought leaders.

Awarded schools receive:

  • A displayable commemorative award
  • Recognition at the goDCgo Ambassador Awards ceremony
  • Networking opportunities with DC education agencies and the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) leadership
  • Social media exposure to 5,000+ followers
  • Publicity via press releases
  • Opportunity to be featured in case studies, success stories, and other goDCgo promotional pieces

To be eligible for the next goDCgo Ambassador Awards, all schools must:

  • Be located in Washington, DC
  • Offer transportation benefits to school staff, students, and families.
  • Distribute information about commute options to staff, students, and families
  • Designate a staff member as the School Transportation Coordinator
  • Be a goDCgo Transportation Ambassador. Not a School Ambassador? Join today.

Yes! If you’d like to get your school recognized, but you do not currently have a transportation program, goDCgo will provide complimentary support to help you start or expand your transportation benefits program and amenities. Learn more.

goDCgo is available to assist with any additional questions about the Ambassador Awards and transportation resources. Please call 202.299.2186 or email info@goDCgo.com.

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