Dealer.com (www.dealer.com(link is external)), the global leader in online marketing solutions for the automotive industry, and Burton Snowboards, the world’s leading snowboard company, today announced the completion of the first ever Summer Commuter Challenge ‘ a competition which called on employees of both Burlington, VT-based companies to use creative commuting methods in an effort to reduce CO2 emissions. As an extension of the Vermont Way to Go Challenge, Dealer.com and Burton turned their common goal of reducing their carbon footprints into a friendly competition to see which company could drive greater employee participation in the challenge during the summer. Throughout June, July and August, employees from both companies were encouraged to use alternative modes of transportation such as walking, carpooling and telecommuting. Employees logged their creative commuting activity on www.burtonvsdealer.com(link is external), a website specifically developed to track the ongoing progress of both companies. During festive meetings at the end of each month, employees from Dealer.com and Burton met to discover the winning company for the month, recognize top commuters and celebrate each other’s efforts. ‘Participating in the Commuter Challenge with Burton was incredibly fulfilling and fun,’ said Dealer.com CEO Mark Bonfigli. ‘Not only did both companies make a meaningful impact on our overall carbon footprints, but we all enjoyed coming up with creative, and sometimes unique, methods of clean and green transportation.’ The challenge began June 5th and culminated on August 27th with employees from both companies saving approximately 170,000 lbs of CO2 emissions by adopting alternative commuting methods in June, July and August. While Dealer.com came out ahead each month in the friendly competition, a total of 412 employees from both companies participated in the challenge throughout the summer. Both companies celebrated the culmination of the Commuter Challenge in downtown Burlington on Tuesday, September 7th. Employees who participated in the challenge were recognized, and prizes were awarded to those who used alternative modes of transportation to commute the most, commute at least once every week or commute each day throughout the summer. In addition, each commuter was eligible to win one of 40 door prizes donated in part by local businesses that sponsored the challenge. About Dealer.com (www.dealer.com(link is external))Dealer.com is the global leader in online marketing solutions for the automotive industry, providing award-winning SaaS-based e-marketing solutions to OEMs, auto dealers and media companies. Headquartered in Burlington, Vermont with additional offices in Manhattan Beach, California, the company’s innovative websites and integrated online tools include advertising alternatives that significantly lower the cost of customer acquisition, enhancing dealers’ efficiency and profitability. Recent national and international accolades include placing No. 14 on Outside magazine’s 2011 list of Best Places to Work in America and receiving two Stevie Awards from the American Business Association for Best Overall Company of the Year and Fastest Growing Company of the year in 2011. Dealer.com has also by honored by Inc. magazine as one of the 2010 Top Small Company Workplaces in addition to securing a place on both the Inc. 5000 and Deloitte Technology Fast 500 rankings in 2010. Dealer.com wasalso ranked first in SEO effectiveness among auto dealer website providers for the third consecutive year in 2011 by Sorgenfrei LLC. About Burton Snowboards (www.burton.com(link is external))In 1977, Jake Burton Carpenter founded Burton out of his Vermont barn. Since then, Burton has fueled the growth of snowboarding worldwide through its groundbreaking product lines, its team of top snowboarders and its grassroots efforts to get the sport accepted at resorts. In 1996, Burton began growing its family of brands to include boardsports and apparel brands. Privately held and owned by Jake, Burton’s headquarters are in Burlington, Vermont with offices in California, Austria, Japan and Australia. For more information visit www.burton.com(link is external).September 9, 2011 (Burlington, VT) ‘ Dealer.com
Joe Schmidt has made two changes to the starting line-up for their final game of the RBS 6 Nations Championship against Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday.Luke Fitzgerald replaces Simon Zebo on the left wing and Cian Healy comes in for Jack McGrath at loose-head prop. Captain Paul O’Connell continues his second-row partnership with Devin Toner. McGrath takes a spot among the replacements which include: Sean Cronin, Martin Moore, Jack McGrath, Iain Henderson, Eoin Reddan, Ian Madigan and Felix Jones. Healy’s inclusion is the only change to the front-five as both Mike Ross and Rory Best hold on to their places. Jamie Heaslip, Peter O’Mahony and Sean O’Brien will make up the back row. Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton are paired at half-back and the combination of Robbie Henshaw and Jared Payne link up for the sixth time in midfield. Fitzgerald joins Rob Kearney and Tommy Bowe in the back three. Ireland team:15. Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster)14. Tommy Bowe (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster)13. Jared Payne (Ulster)12. Robbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Connacht)11. Luke Fitzgerald (Blackrock/Leinster) 10. Johnny Sexton (Racing Metro)9. Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster) 8. Jamie Heaslip (Dublin University/Leinster)7. Sean O’Brien (UCD/Leinster)6. Peter O’Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster)5. Paul O’Connell (Young Munster/Munster) 4. Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster) 3. Mike Ross (Clontarf/Leinster)2. Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster)1. Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster) Replacements16. Sean Cronin (St. Mary’s College/Leinster)17. Jack McGrath (St. Mary’s College/Leinster)18. Martin Moore (Lansdowne/Leinster)19. Iain Henderson (Ballynahinch/Ulster)20. Jordi Murphy (Lansdowne/Leinster)21. Eoin Reddan (Lansdowne/Leinster)22. Ian Madigan (Blackrock/Leinster)23. Felix Jones (Shannon/Munster) Meanwhile Scotland coach Vern Cotter has also made two changes. In the back-row Adam Ashe starts on the blind-side in place of Rob Harley while Ryan Grant takes over from Alasdair Dickinson in the front row.That game kicks-off at 2.30pm in Murrayfield.