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Attention Bay Area Employers! Registration for "Great Race for Clean Air" Now Open

January 14, 2014

The Great Race for Clean Air is a friendly competition between Bay Area employers to determine who will reign as the company with the best Bay Area Commuters! The competition encourages employees to use commute alternatives such as transit, carpooling, vanpooling, walking and bicycling – anything by driving alone to work! In 2012, employees at Bay Area companies saved approximately 674 tons of CO2 by using alternatives to driving alone. This is equivalent to taking 120 passenger vehicles off the road - for a year!

The next Great Race runs from March 1 through April 30, 2014.

The Great Race for Clean Air is conducted in partnership with 511 Rideshare, the Peninsula Traffic Congestion Relief Alliance, 511 Contra Costa, and the San Francisco Department of the Environment.

Employers need to register the company before their employees can join the Great Race. Registration can be completed online at Registration opens January 6, 2014.

Once your company is registered you will receive a welcome packet including posters and a series of email messages which you can use to promote the Great Race for Clean Air. Starting March 1 employees can track their commute trips and measure CO2 savings using 511 Rideshare’s online Trip Diary.

All participating employees will be eligible for weekly prize drawings for gift cards from local merchants.

Companies can win in the following categories:

• Highest average of “clean commute days” logged by participating employees
• Highest CO2 savings overall
• Highest employee participation rate. (Minimum 5% participation threshold.) Company participation awards are given in 5 size categories:

• Mini companies with 1-25 employees
• Small companies with 26-100 employees
• Mid-size companies with 101-500
• Large companies with 501-1,000 employees
• Extra Large companies with 1,001 or more employees

Individuals can win in the following categories: (one winner per participating county)
• Highest number of “clean commute days”
• Highest CO2 savings

Winning companies will be recognized at a local Board of Supervisors meeting or other event of their choosing. Every participating employer receives a certificate of participation. All employer coordinators are invited to thank-you luncheons hosted in each county. Invitations will be emailed to employer coordinators.

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