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Clean Air Commute Awards

In 2014, Cleaner Commute Philadelphia launched the Clean Air Commute Awards to highlight the efforts of Philadelphia-area commuters and employers who go the extra mile for sustainable commuting. At the Clean Air Council’s annual Run for Clean Air, Clean Air Council’s Cleaner Commute Philadelphia program presents two awards: the Clean Air Commute Employer and the Clean Air Commuter.

Clean Air Commute Employer Award

The Clean Air Commute Employer award recognizes a company that does the most to support their employees in getting to work without driving alone. Examples of Clean Air Commute Employer actions include installing indoor bike racks, providing RideECO transit benefits, offering telecommuting options, and providing shuttles between public transportation and the office. In addition to recognition at the Run for Clean Air, the Clean Air Commute Employer gets a free team entry to the Run for Clean Air and regional advertising announcing their win.

2017 Nominations for Clean Air Commute Employer Award are now open.

Nominate your business or your employer through our easy web form . Nominations close on March 9, 2018.

Questions or concerns? Contact Kamali Alloway, Sustainable Transportation Outreach Coordinator, at 215-567-4004 ext. 131 or kalloway@cleanair.org.

Clean Air Commuter of the Year

The Clean Air Commuter of the Year is an individual who shows the most commitment to getting to work sustainably. Clean Air Commuters include avid SEPTA users, bicyclists who brave ice and snow, carpool conductors, and employees who advocate for their companies to become Clean Air Commute Employers. In addition to recognition at the Run for Clean Air and a free entry to the Run, the Clean Air Commuter receives a prize tailored to their commute — a $150 gift certificate to a local bike shop, a SEPTA TrailPass, or a green car detailing.

2017 Nominations for Clean Air Commuter of the Year are now open.

Nominate yourself or someone else online with our easy web form . Nominations close on March 9, 2018.

Questions or concerns? Contact Kamali Alloway, Sustainable Transportation Outreach Coordinator, at 215-567-4004 ext. 131 or kalloway@cleanair.org.

2016 Clean Air Commute Commute Award Winners
2016 Clean Air Commute Employer of the Year: University of Pennsylvania

The 2016 winner of the Clean Air Commute Employer award is The University of Pennsylvania. In 2014, The University of Pennsylvania launched Climate Action Plan 2.0, their roadmap for environmental sustainability. Their plan sets challenging new standards for campus performance; expands educational opportunities for students; and provides enriched support for faculty research, teaching, and collaboration. The Climate Action Plan also focuses on transportation and strongly encourages sustainable transportation for both students and employees.

Employees are offered comprehensive commuter transit benefits to help make sustainable commuting an easy choice. These benefits include discounted parking rates for carpools and vanpools, electric charging stations for electric vehicles, and incentives for participating in car sharing.

Most recently, Penn launched new incentives for commuting by bicycle. Cyclists not only enjoy ample bike parking and dedicated bike repair stations complete with tools and air pumps, but employees can also enroll in the bicycle commuter expense reimbursement program where they receive a reimbursement of up to $20 per month for reasonable bicycle expenses.

Today, over 50% of the Penn community uses sustainable transportation. The University of Pennsylvania is a leader in clean commute benefits and has earned the Clean Air Commute Employer of the Year award for 2016.

2016 Clean Air Commute Employer Runner-up: American Association for Cancer Research

The 2016 Clean Air Commute Employer runner-up is the American Association of Cancer Research. They are strong promoters of RideECO, a benefit program that allows commuters and employers to save money by putting pre-tax dollars towards public transit fares. Additionally, AACR encourages sustainable commuting by hosting lunch and learn presentations and wellness events. AACR even had Clean Air Council’s transportation staff in to talk to their employees this past summer on two separate occasions.

Clean Air Commuter of the Year: Robin Irizarry

The 2016 Commuter of the Year is Robin Irizarry. He has an exemplary multimodal plan for getting to work. Robin enjoys commuting by bike along the Tacony Creek Park trail as often as possible. It’s a small piece of The Circuit Trails, the regional trail network, and he can take the entire trail on his way to work. It is a great way to get to his office in Frankford and sure beats sitting in traffic! It also gives him an opportunity to keep an eye on the trail and the creek – part of his role as the Philly Watershed Coordinator for the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford (TTF) Watershed Partnership.  Robin rides the trail and keeps his binoculars handy so he can get some birdwatching in on the way into the office. TTF Watershed Partnership has been working hard to demonstrate to their community just how great the little trail is for commuting, exercising, and relaxing #OntheCircuit.

When conditions are less conducive for riding, Robin carpools with a coworker who lives nearby. Since he lives right near the Cheltenham train station, he frequently hops on the train to get into the city for meetings at the Philadelphia Water Department. His office, in Frankford, is just a few blocks from the Market-Frankford line, which he also often takes to meetings in the city.

Click here to see our past Clean Air Commute Award winners!

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