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November 2, 2010 > Winners of the Great Race for clean air

Winners of the Great Race for clean air

Submitted By Jennifer Jones, BAAQMD

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District, the regional agency chartered with protecting air quality in the Bay Area, announced on October 19 the results of the Great Race for Clean Air, a two-month competition between Bay Area employers to see who could achieve the greatest reductions of CO2.

During August and September, 4,589 employees from 152 companies logged their daily air-friendly commutes. Approximately 900 tons of CO2 were saved by employees who chose not to drive to work alone.

The Great Race for Clean Air began as a project of the Air District's Tri-Valley Air Quality Resource Team and was previously held in the San Ramon, Livermore, and Pleasanton area. This was the first ever Bay Area wide Great Race.

"Participants in the Great Race demonstrated that we all can find alternatives to driving alone to work," said Jack Broadbent, Air District executive officer. "Anytime employees rethink their commute and carpool, take transit, bike or walk to work instead of driving alone, they save money and spare the air."

The Great Race for Clean Air challenged employees and employers from small to large companies to commit to finding alternatives to commuting by car alone for two full months. CO2 savings were calculated based on the length of the employee's commute, their vehicle's gas mileage and the number of miles that were traveled using one of the commute alternatives.

Winners were chosen in several categories, including highest CO2 savings per capita and highest percentage of employee participation per small, medium and large company.

The companies with the largest amount of CO2 savings per capita were SYSTIME Computer Corporation (San Francisco County and overall Bay Area winner), Cisco Systems (San Mateo County winner), Yahoo! Inc. (Santa Clara County winner), Agilent Technologies (Sonoma County winner), City of Hayward (Southern Alameda County winner) and ValleyCare Health System (Tri-Valley Region winner).

For more information about the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, visit www.baaqmd.gov. For more information about Spare the Air and a complete list of regional winners, visit www.sparetheair.org.

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