Emission Reduction Plan - Overview
Due to impacts from COVID-19, the Emission Reduction Plan is only required for employers with 50 or more employees. Therefore, employers with 49 or fewer employees will not be required to submit an ERP while the program is suspended. If your organization has 49 or fewer employees, please disregard any previous notification you have received in the mail; they were sent before program changes were adopted. This information will be updated as it becomes available.
With this document you will submit information about how your employees get to and from work. Take the following steps to ensure compliance with City regulation and play your role in making Santa Monica the best place to live, work, and play.
Attend an ETC Training
Complete your ERP online
Find your target AVR
Sign Up for the GoSaMo newsletter
GoSaMo Transportation Management Organization
Download on-site transportation information
Frequently Asked Questions
Employer TDM Ordinance Basics
1. Designate and certify an Employee Transportation Coordinator
An employee Transportation Coordinator (ETC) is the person responsible for the development and administration of the Emission Reduction Plan. Any person at your organization may become a certified ETC by attending a class. Employers with 250 or more employees bust be certified with the SCAQMD, while those with fewer employees can certify with a City of Santa Monica approved instructor.
Upcoming dates and contacts for instructors can be found at www.gosamo.org/events
2. Survey employees annually about how they get to work
Average Vehicle Ridership (AVR) compares how many vehicles are coming to your worksite versus the number of employees. AVR is measured by asking your employees how they got to and from work during a 5-day period. Every worksite has a target AVR, which varies depending on location. Target AVR is determined by a worksite's proximity to transit and areas of high congestion.
Find your worksite's target AVR at www.smgov.net/TargetAVR
3. Reach your target AVR
All employers are required to create a TDM plan that will encourage employees to ride their bikes, walk, use public transit, or carpool to work, among other more sustainable options. Ongoing education, supportive policies, and financial incentives are strategies your business can utilize to increase AVR. Programs utilizing parking charges, transit pass reimbursements, and telework policies are effective in reducing vehicle trips and reaching your target AVR.
Many resources are available to help employers succeed at www.gosamo.org/tmo
4. Complete your Emission Reduction Plan online
Most of the tools you need to complete the Emission Reduction Plan are available online. By using the online system, your surveys, calculations, and analysis are highly automated.
Begin your ERP at go.citygro.ws/city-of-santa-monica
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