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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is New Jersey Smart Workplaces?

New Jersey Smart Workplaces (NJSW) is a New Jersey program that honors organizations and individuals who help reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality.

This program was inspired by the national Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Best Workplaces for Commuters recognition program. The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) and New Jersey's Transportation Management Associations (TMA) developed NJSW in 2006.

The program recognizes the achievement of employers in New Jersey who have created significant and innovative alternative commute programs. Employers whose commuter benefits reach State Standard of Excellence qualify for the Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze designation.

Q. How does NJSW designation benefit employers?

The designation is an opportunity for an employer to:

  • Position itself as a leader in employee benefits and environmental programs.
  • Take advantage of the prestige that comes with being part of the NJSW.
  • Enhance its reputation as a great workplace.
  • Attract and retain the best employees.
  • Show commitment to improving the local quality of life by reducing traffic congestion and improving air quality.
Q. How does NJSW designation benefit employees?

The NJSW program can help employees by:

  • Reducing commuting costs.
  • Providing options to better balance personal and work life.
  • Reducing commute related stress.
  • Providing alternatives to driving alone to work.
Q. How does NJSW designation benefit communities?

NJSW benefits communities by providing:

  • Cleaner air.
  • Reduced traffic congestion.
  • Reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.
Q. How does NJSW define a worksite?
A. NJSW defines a worksite by the transportation environment within which it is located. Several buildings on a corporate campus may be considered a single worksite. Several locations within the same municipality may be considered a single worksite.
Q. How many worksites can an employer apply for?
A. Employers may apply for any or all their worksites located in New Jersey, provided that each worksite meets the requirements of the initiative. Each worksite's application is considered separately.
Q. Is NJSW a voluntary program?
A. Yes. Employers elect to participate and can leave the program at any time.
Q. How does an employer quality for the NJSW designation?
A. To qualify, an employer must meet the requirements for the bronze, silver, gold or platinum designation.
Q. How can I get more information about the NJSW program?
A. Review the application for the list of requirements or contact your local TMA.
Q. How does an employer sign up?
A. Employers may submit their application using the online form. Alternatively, employers may print out the New Jersey Smart Workplaces Nomination Application (pdf 337k), fill it out and mail it to their local TMA. New Jersey employers are encouraged to contact their local TMAs for more information and for assistance with their application.
Q. Is there a cost to apply?
A. No.
Q. When will the Employer Recognition Event be held?
A. Please contact your local TMA.
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