09.13.2023 | News Release

SANDAG Recognizes 118 Local Employers For Encouraging Sustainable Transportation Choices

On Wednesday morning, SANDAG hosted its annual Diamond Awards reception at the San Diego Central Library to recognize organizations across the San Diego region who are making a difference by embracing methods to reduce traffic and promote sustainable commute choices. 

“Today, we are honoring the true champions of the San Diego region for their exceptional efforts in alleviating traffic congestion on our freeways and roads," said SANDAG and San Diego County Supervisor Chairwoman Nora Vargas. "It's truly inspiring to witness the collaborative spirit among these organizations, as they unite to empower their employees with resources that enable meaningful improvements in their daily lives. These efforts not only promote healthier lifestyles but also contribute to a reduction in emissions within our region.”

SANDAG offers complimentary assistance to organizations in the San Diego region through the Employer Commuter Program by providing commuter benefit programs that support alternatives to driving alone, including carpool, vanpool, biking, walking, transit, telework, and compressed workweek schedules. 

As a part of the Employer Commuter Program, some organizations recognized at Wednesday’s event have committed to providing additional incentives, subsidies, and pre-tax deductions to support their employees. Some of the employers provided facilities such as bike lockers, showers, dedicated parking for carpools, vanpools, and employees who rideshare, monthly prize drawings for participating employees, and more.

SANDAG Diamond Award recipients are recognized in four tiers: Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze.

Congratulations to the 2023 Diamond Award recipients!

Platinum Tier: 
Alexandria Real Estate Equities Inc. 
Altos Labs, Inc.* 
BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair 
BASF Enzymes LLC 
BD Biosciences 
California American Water 
Caltrans District 11 
Circulate San Diego 
City of Del Mar 
City of La Mesa* 
County of San Diego 
Cox Communications 
Eli Lilly San Diego* 
Fehr & Peers 
General Dynamics NASSCO 
HDR Engineering 
Heron Therapeutics 
HM Electronics* 
Illumina, Inc. 
Kittelson & Associates* 
La Jolla Institute for Immunology 
LPL Financial 
Michael Baker International 
Patagonia Cardiff 
Port of San Diego 
Rick Engineering Company 
San Diego Convention Center 
San Diego County Air Pollution Control District* 
San Diego County Regional Airport Authority 
San Diego County Water Authority 
San Diego Natural History Museum* 
San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce 
San Diego State University* 
San Diego Tourism Authority 
San Diego Unified School District 
Sempra Energy 
Sharp HealthCare 
Sony Electronics 
Southwest Strategies LLC 
Staff Pro Workforce Solutions 
Tetra Tech 
Thermo Fisher Scientific 
UC San Diego 
Union CoWork* 
University of San Diego* 
Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc.* 
Watkins Wellness 
Gold Tier: 
Ajinomoto Bio-Pharma Services 
AleSmith Brewing Company 
Balboa Park Cultural Partnership 
California State University San Marcos 
Catalent San Diego* 
City of Coronado 
City of Encinitas 
City of San Diego 
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.
Pfizer Inc. 
Quantum Design 
Salk Institute for Biological Studies 
Scripps Health* 
Silver Tier: 
CR Associates  
DCN Diagnostics*  
Francis Parker School  
Westfield Mission Valley* 

Bronze Tier: 
Alexan Gallerie 
Ballast Point Brewing Company* 
BioMed Realty  
Bristol Myers Squibb 
Casa Familiar* 
City of Carlsbad 
City of Chula Vista 
City of El Cajon 
City of Oceanside 
City of San Marcos* 
City of Solana Beach 
Contract Services Group* 
Cooley LLP 
Cuyamaca College 
Del Mar Fairgrounds 
Encinitas Library 
Grossmont College 
Hunter Industries 
INX Academy* 
Irvine Company Office Properties (La Jolla Center) 
ISS Governance* 
Janssen Research & Development* 
L'Auberge Del Mar* 
Leidos and JLL* 
Longfellow Real Estate Partners 
Molecular Assemblies* 
Naval Base Coronado 
Naval Base Point Loma 
Naval Base San Diego 
North Park Main Street Association* 
Northrop Grumman Mission Systems 
Pathway Innovations, Inc. 
Raytheon Technologies 
RECON Environmental, Inc. 
San Diego County Office of Education 
San Diego Gas & Electric 
San Diego Humane Society 
San Ysidro Chamber of Commerce* 
Scripps Research Institute, The 
Solar Turbines 
Travere Therapeutics* 
VA San Diego Healthcare System 

*These organizations have advanced to a higher tier. 

To learn more about the Employer Commuter Program, visit SANDAG.org/sustainabletransportation.