MITRE’s sustainability initiatives reach beyond our campuses and satellite offices. Maximizing our positive impact on the environment and reducing our carbon footprint extends to how our employees travel to and from work each day.
With options like flexible work schedules and telecommuting that allow staff to alter commute times to avoid traffic and reduce congestion, you’re supported in setting a commute that works for you and for our planet.
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Our best pathway to reducing the volume of Scope 3 emissions from commuting—and improving our carbon footprint—is through the efforts of MITRE employees. With your help, MITRE can move the needle on reducing commuting emissions through public advocacy, team-based action, and expanded bicycle and trail infrastructure that encourage low-carbon alternatives.
Creating Safe Routes
MITRE employees can use several bike trails surrounding our McLean and Bedford campuses to bike to work. The maps below can be used to plan your trip:
- Fairfax County Bicycle Map
The sustainable commuting campaign team is working with MITRE employees to map additional routes in an ArcGIS format for easy, accessible, and interactive use in the near future. We hope to share that mapping with you soon—in order to build the best tool possible, we’d love to hear from you!
Connect with our campaign to share your preferred routes and get involved in building a tool for your colleagues to make the switch to a safe, carbon-free commute!
Walking and cycling are the greenest ways to get from place to place—but without safe routes to travel, making the switch can be a challenge.
MITRE is joining the Washington Area Bicycle Association (WABA), the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition (MassBike) and the Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT) to partner in promoting additional bicycle infrastructure. We are advocating for safer routes—from paved cycling and footpaths to designated bike lanes—to encourage commuting on foot, by bike or by scooter and to make these options safer and more accessible for our employees and the communities we operate in.
Personal vehicle use has an outsized impact on carbon emissions. Carpooling is one of the more straightforward solutions to addressing that—and MITRE is committed to exploring how we can best support employees looking to make the change.
We’re currently investigating and testing tools and strategies to facilitate carpooling for interested employees—and we’d love to hear from you about how we can best shape carpooling policies in the future.
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More widespread adoption of electric vehicles will go a long way toward reducing the carbon footprint of personal vehicle use. To encourage early adoption among our employees, MITRE campuses include infrastructure that makes EV trips as convenient as possible.
In the near future, MITRE employees can take advantage of EV charging stations at our Bedford and McLean campuses that will be operational and accessible 24/7. (After hours, you will need your employee badge with PIN to access the stations.)
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These stations are operated by Blink Charging and the Car Charging Group, which offers a transparent, interactive map showing station availability and the rates and station fees you can expect.
Because MITRE’s on-site EV charging stations are operated by a third party, any questions, concerns or service requests should be directed to the stations’ account manager, Sylvia Gingell, at 510-427-3467 or Sylvia@CarCharging.com.
MITRE’s primary campuses are conveniently located close to public transportation networks to make this low-carbon—and low-cost—commuting option convenient for employees. Where public transit networks don’t connect directly to MITRE sites, free shuttle buses are available. Using public transportation is made even easier with a MITRE Commuter Benefits Program (FJ: Commuter).
The resources below are a good starting point toward planning your public transportation commute in Bedford or McLean:
Employees can take regional transit buses directly from MITRE’s Bedford campus, or take advantage of the free shuttle service connecting employees to the Alewife MBTA station in Cambridge, which provides access to the Red Line and the 62, 67, 76 and 350 buses.
|MBTA||The 351 bus connecting Bedford Woods Drive to Third Avenue stops on MITRE Corp Inner Road by the M Parking Deck.|
|LRTA||The 14 bus connecting Lowell to the Burlington Mall arrives approximately once every hour—the stop is located outside the E and S buildings on the east side of campus.|
Employees at MITRE’s McLean campus—and at MITRE’s Rappahannock and Polk offices— can access a free shuttle throughout the day between our sites and the McLean Metro kiss-and-ride parking lot.
From the Metro station, employees can access the Silver Line train that runs from Ashburn or Vienna to Largo Town Center in Maryland. Several bus routes are also accessible from the station, including: