Valley Metro recognizes champions of clean air at 32nd annual awards ceremony | Valley Metro
Clean Air Champions luncheon 2019

There are many ways to get to work, and as Rideshare Month comes to a close, Valley Metro celebrates commuters who travel with the environment in mind. The 32nd Annual Clean Air Campaign Awards recognizes Valley commuters who are committed to promoting and using alternative modes of transportation, from bicycling and carpooling to traveling on light rail and bus.


Winners include:


Outstanding Carpooler or Vanpooler: Mohsen Askarinya

Askarinya has used alternative modes to get to work for 30 years and has been a vanpooler since 1999. His vanpool has traveled 240,000 miles since then and has prevented 8,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions from being emitted each year.


Outstanding Multi-Modal Commuter: Tony Plata

Plata bikes and rides from Glendale to Scottsdale, traversing across three cities to get to work during his forty mile roundtrip commute. He enjoys the health benefits and savings he gets from using alternative modes.


Outstanding Bicyclists: Scott Peters and Davis Robinson

Peters bikes to work three days a week and travels nearly 60 miles roundtrip. Last year, he biked 7,000 miles. Robinson bikes ten miles roundtrip every day, rain or shine. He says the health benefits are a major factor in his choice to commute by bike.


Go to the full list of 2019 Clean Air Champions (below).


More than 1,200 employers representing 3,000 sites and 780,000 commuters participate in trip reduction efforts for Maricopa County, part of a mandatory program for employers with more than 50 or more employees reporting to a work site.


Valley Metro promotes various alternative travel modes including carpool, vanpool, bus, light rail, telework, bicycling and walking through its ride matching and tracking database Over the last year, the site’s 45,000 registered commuters prevented 102,860 pounds of carbon monoxide emissions and saved over $2 million by using alternative modes. To find a carpool, vanpool or to learn more about other alternative travel modes, visit


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 28 miles of light rail. In Fiscal Year 2019, total ridership for the system was 64 million passengers. Five high capacity transit extensions are in planning or under construction that will create a 50-mile system by 2030. 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 from 19 local cities, towns and the county 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, Instagram and Twitter or visiting

Congratulations 2019 Clean Air Campaign Award Winners!

Outstanding Transportation Coordinator – 50-250 employees

  • Katie Kes, VEREIT, Inc.

Outstanding Transportation Coordinator – 251-500 employees

  • Julie Insidioso, The Hillman Group

Outstanding Transportation Coordinator, More than 500 employees – Public Employer

  • Mary Marshall, State of Arizona

Outstanding Transportation Coordinator, More than 500 employees – Private Employer

  • Valerie Payson, Bashas’

Outstanding Travel Reduction Program – 50-250 employees

  • Inventure Foods, Inc.

Outstanding Travel Reduction Program – 251-500 employees

  • The Hillman Group

Outstanding Travel Reduction Program, More than 500 employees – Public Employer

  • Maricopa County
  • State of Arizona

Outstanding Travel Reduction Program, More than 500 employees – Private Employer

  • Charles Schwab

Outstanding Marketing & Creativity – Electronic and/or Print Media

  • Fox Restaurant Concepts

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

  • Garmin International

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

  • SRP – Change Starts with ME

Outstanding Commuter – Transit Rider (Bus or Light Rail)

  • Candace Lee, Indian Health Service – Phoenix Indian Medical Center

Outstanding Commuter – Carpooler or Vanpooler

  • Mohsen Askarinya, Medtronic

Outstanding Commuter – Bicyclist or Walker

  • Scott Peters, Honeywell International, Inc.
  • Davis Robinson, City of Chandler

Outstanding Multi-modal User

  • Tony Plata, City of Scottsdale

MAG Livable Communities

  • City of Tempe

Corporate Sustainability – 50-499 Employees

  • No entries

Corporate Sustainability – 500-1,500 Employees

  • City of Avondale

Corporate Sustainability – More than 1,500 Employees

  • Republic Services

People's Choice Most Creative Bulletin Board

  • VEREIT, Inc.

Blue Sky Award

  • Downtown Phoenix Partnership Clean and Green Team