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Wed, Oct 28, 2015

Valley Metro Celebrates Clean Air Champions

PHOENIX, AZ – Valley Metro is celebrating the many individuals and organizations that are taking extra steps to improve our air quality. Nearly 500 guests were honored at the 28th Annual Clean Air Campaign Awards and Luncheon at JW Marriot Desert Ridge Resort & Spa.

“Our clean air champions are making a positive impact across the region,” said Steve Banta, Valley Metro CEO. “They should all be celebrated for their inspiring work.”

Award recipients include a Valley Metro vanpool group that was formed more than 25 years ago. The Circle K employees have saved approximately 4.5 million miles vanpooling, which is equal to 19 roundtrip commutes to the moon. Other awards include Outstanding Bike Program and Outstanding Multi-Modal User. See below for a complete list of 2015 award winners or click here.

CAC luncheon

“We’re seeing a generation of commuters, conscious about the environment, who rely on public transportation,” said Avondale Councilmember and Valley Metro Board Chair Jim McDonald. “Growing the Valley’s availability to alternative travel modes is necessary for demand and our air quality.”

Valley Metro promotes various alternative travel modes including carpool, vanpool, bus, light rail, telework, bicycling and walking. To find a carpool, vanpool or to learn more about other alternative travel modes, visit

2015 Clean Air Campaign Award Winners :

Outstanding Transportation Coordinator – 50-250 employees

Annie Foster – Ernst & Young LLP

Outstanding Transportation Coordinator – 251-500 employees

Katie Dunham – Equity Fund Advisors

Outstanding Transportation Coordinator – More than 500 employees – Public Employer

Sandy Adams – City of Glendale

Outstanding Transportation Coordinator – More than 500 employees – Private Employer

Christine Anderson – Express Scripts

Maricopa County Outstanding Travel Reduction Program – 50-250 employees


Maricopa County Outstanding Travel Reduction Program – 251-500 employees

Bechtel Corporation

Maricopa County Outstanding Travel Reduction Program – More than 500 employees – Public Employer

State of Arizona Travel Reduction Programs

Maricopa County Outstanding Travel Reduction Program – More than 500 employees – Private Employer

American Express

Outstanding Leadership

Mary Lynn Kasunic – Area Agency on Aging

Outstanding Marketing & Creativity – Electronic and/or Print Media

SRP’s Wheels & Wellness 2015

Outstanding Marketing & Creativity – Event or Campaign – Less than $500 budget

Friendship Village - Tempe

Outstanding Marketing & Creativity – Event or Campaign – More than $500 budget

SRP/Phoenix Zoo/Desert Botanical Garden – Bikenic

Outstanding Bike Program

Grid Bike Share – City of Phoenix

Outstanding Bike Program

RED Development

Outstanding Commuter – Bus or Light Rail Rider

Carolyn Fitzgerald – Maricopa County

Outstanding Commuter – Carpooler or Vanpooler

Tom Wilson - SRP

Outstanding Commuter – Bicyclist or Walker

Veronica Edwards – AutoNation Tempe Toyota Scion

Outstanding Multi-Modal User

Leslie Boring – Greenberg Traurig

MAG Livable Communities

City of Mesa Bicycle Program

Corporate Sustainability – 50-499 Employees

City of Avondale

Corporate Sustainability – More than 500 Employees

Charles Schwab

People’s Choice – Best Bulletin Board

Arcadia High School – Scottsdale Unified School District

Blue Sky Award

Circle K Vanpool Group

About and other Valley Metro Commute Solutions programs are sponsored by the Maricopa Association of Governments, Maricopa Air Quality Department and the Arizona Departments of Environmental Quality and Transportation.

About Valley Metro: Valley Metro provides eco-friendly public transit options to residents of greater Phoenix and Maricopa County including the planning and operations of a regional bus system and the development and operations of 23 miles of light rail. In Fiscal Year 2015, total ridership for the system was 71 million passengers. Six light rail extensions are planned or are under construction that will create a 66-mile system by 2034. Valley Metro also offers transit options including alternative transportation programs for seniors and people with disabilities, commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. Two Boards of Directors set the policy direction for the agency with the intent of advancing the regional public transit system. Get the latest news by following us on Facebook and Twitter or visiting

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