Congratulations to Diamond Awards winners!
In March, the SANDAG iCommute program honored 14 organizations and two individuals for their outstanding contributions to reducing traffic congestion and greenhouse gases in the San Diego region.
Diamond Award winners help people get to work or school without adding traffic to roads and freeways. This is accomplished by promoting alternatives to driving alone, including vanpooling, carpooling, walking, biking, taking transit, teleworking, working a compressed workweek, or a combination of these. Some organizations also provide incentives, subsidies, or pre-tax deductions to their employees to support their participation in eligible programs.
This year’s winners are:
Parsons Brinckerhoff employees regularly use public transit, carpool, bike, or walk to work. The company offers a compressed workweek, option to telework, and prize drawings. A company bike is available for local work trips.
Program Excellence Award (size category based on number of employees):
Intuit (large) has a new bike-sharing program and secure bike parking. The company also offers preferred parking for ridesharing, a shuttle to the COASTER, discounted transit passes, and telework options.
URS Corp.(medium)offers incentives to encourage employees to use alternative modes, including pre-tax transit benefits and compressed workweeks. The company holds commuter appreciation breakfasts and presents awards to top commuters.
KTU+A Planning + Landscape Architecture (small) employees bike to work as a model for each other, their clients, and the community. They have a bike buddy program to ride to work, and offer carshare service for off-site meetings.
Best New Program Award (size category based on number of employees):
RECON Environmental, Inc. (medium) offers transit pass reimbursement and pays employees who don’t use company parking. Approximately 39 percent of employees choose to bike, walk, carpool, take transit, or telework.
car2go San Diego (small) has a network of 300 electric vehicles for rent in the downtown and beach areas. Its carshare system supports
San Diego Coastkeeper (micro) staff and volunteers regularly bike to work, carpool, and telework to reduce their carbon footprint and stay fit.
Agency Leadership Award:
Outstanding Educational Institution Award:
UC San Diego (university) provides incentives and directly subsidizes alternative transportation for students, faculty, staff, and other affiliates and visitors. In 2012, 59 percent of commuters entering the campus used alternative transportation.
Community Champion Award:
Workplace Champion Award:
Commuter of the Year: