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Valley Metro is pleased to announce the winners of the 26th Annual Clean Air Campaign Awards, which honor the individuals and organizations who have made extraordinary efforts to reduce air pollution and traffic congestion. This year’s winners include a catchy parody song called Carpool Maybe, a large municipal employer that has inspired more than twenty thousand people to change their commuting habits, and a man who has clocked enough miles on his bike to travel around the world twice.
“Every year we are inspired by the dedication and creativity of these clean air champions,” said Steve Banta, Valley Metro CEO. “They should all be commended for the positive impact they are having on air quality and traffic congestion across the Valley.”
More than 500 guests were honored at yesterday’s 26th annual Clean Air Campaign awards luncheon held at the Arizona Biltmore. They were recognized for their year-long efforts to improve air quality and comply with the Maricopa County Trip Reduction Program. Dozens of awards were given ranging from outstanding carpooler to corporate sustainability. Click here for a complete list of 2013 award winners.
Valley Metro promotes various alternative travel modes including bus, light rail, carpool, vanpool, compressed work weeks, telecommute, bicycle and walking as a way for organizations to their meet annual trip reduction goals. Partnering organizations that help sponsor the Clean Air Campaign include the Arizona Departments of Environmental Quality and Transportation, Maricopa Association of Governments, Maricopa County Air Quality Department and SRP.
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 light rail. In calendar year 2012, total ridership for the system was 72.5 million passengers—an increase of 3.8 percent over 2011. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Six light rail extensions are planned or under construction that will create a 57-mile system by 2032. Valley Metro also offers transit options including 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 valleymetro.org.