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August 5, 2011 > Bay Area employers can register for the Great Race for Clean Air

Bay Area employers can register for the Great Race for Clean Air

Submitted By Kristine Roselius

Registration for the annual Bay Area Air Quality Management District's Great Race for Clean Air commuter challenge for Bay Area companies and government agencies is currently under way.

The Great Race for Clean Air is a friendly competition between Bay Area employers to encourage employees to take transit, carpool, walk or bike to work.

"Employees are more likely to travel in such fashions when it is encouraged at work," said Jack Broadbent, executive officer of the Air District. "The Great Race for Clean Air is a fun, competitive way to improve air quality, reduce traffic and save money while giving Bay Area commuters an opportunity to try alternatives to driving alone."

Registration for employers is open and runs through August 15, 2012, at www.SpareTheAir.org. Participating employees will automatically be entered into weekly random drawings for incentive prizes such as gift cards to local merchants.

From September 1 through October 31, thousands of Bay Area commuters will compete against other company and agency teams to find alternatives to commuting to work alone - such as ridesharing, vanpooling, biking, walking or taking transit. At the conclusion of the Great Race, one employer in each county will be recognized for the highest CO2 savings per capita. In addition, employers in small, mid-size and large employer categories in each county will be recognized for achieving the highest rate of employee participation. Great Race winners will be announced in November 2011.

The Great Race for Clean Air is sponsored by the Air District, the regional agency responsible for protecting air quality in the Bay Area, with support from 511 Rideshare.

For more information about Spare the Air, visit www.sparetheair.org. For more information about the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, visit www.baaqmd.gov.

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