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Tue, Mar 27, 2012

How to save 4 tons of pollution in 1 week!

Phoenix, AZ (March 27, 2012) Commuters who pitched in to help reduce travel during 2012 Rideshare Week, February 26-March 3, saved 213,139 miles from being traveled and more than four tons of pollution from being emitted into the air. Traveling just 48.7 miles creates one pound of pollution and contributes to the formation of ground-level ozone and the creation of particulate matter.

Twenty-nine employers in the Valley competed in the Try 1 in 5 Rideshare Week Employer Challenge as a way to rally the highest percentage of participation among organizations. In addition, their efforts were measured in miles of travel saved, which clearly demonstrates the impact on trip reduction and air quality efforts.  Employers encouraged their employees to carpool, vanpool, ride transit, bike, walk or telework at least one day out of the five to show that even a small but consistent effort can make a big difference.

“The bottom line is that everyone in the Valley is a winner when commuters reduce trips,” said Dawn Coomer, Valley Metro Transportation Demand Manager. “Trip reduction has a direct impact on air quality and traffic congestion year round.”

Event at CityScape on February 24 kicks off Rideshare Week.

Winning companies were selected based on having the highest percentage of participation out of a total number of employees. In the small employer category, 50-500 employees, WorldatWork saved 4,801 drive-alone miles with 46.4 percent employee participation.  In the medium employer category, 501-1,000 employees, Desert Mountain Club saved 52,784 drive-alone miles with 23.6 percent employee participation. In the large employer category, 1,000+ employees, SRP saved 43,440 drive-alone miles with 7.7 percent employee participation. These organizations will receive special recognition at the Clean Air Campaign Awards luncheon held this fall. All employers participating in the challenge are part of the Maricopa County Trip Reduction Program.

“The annual Employer Challenge contest is a wonderful way to build camaraderie among our Scottsdale staff,” said WorldatWork Human Resources Director Kip
Kipley, CBP, SPHR. “Our employees enjoy the friendly competition against other Valley employers and we find that providing a supportive work environment with options like flexible work schedules and telework helps meets our day-to-day business strategy.” 

In addition, there were randomly selected individual commuters who won prizes for making their pledge to Try 1 in 5 during the week receiving prizes such as an Arizona Cardinals autographed football and brunch for two at the Wrigley Mansion. Commuters who registered on and tracked their trips were eligible for the donated prizes. A complete list of prize winners and sponsors is available on

Try 1 in 5 and Rideshare Month are programs of the Clean Air Campaign, sponsored by the Maricopa Association of Governments, Maricopa Air Quality Department and the Arizona Departments of Environmental Quality and Transportation. Valley Metro RPTA provides eco-friendly public transit options to residents of greater Phoenix and Maricopa County, including a clean-fuel bus fleet, low-emissions light rail, commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. Funding is provided by local and federal revenues. A board of 16 governments sets the policy direction for the agency and works to improve and regionalize the public transit system. All service and projects funded by the Proposition 400 Regional Transportation Plan funds approved by Maricopa County voters in November 2004.# # #

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