Clean Air Campaign Annouces 2011 PACE Awards

The Clean Air Campaign, in partnership with the Atlanta region’s transportation management associations (TMAs), RideSmart, the region’s ridematching service and the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) presented the 2011 PACE Awards today. In its 11thyear, the PACE Awards program recognizes the best commute options programs in Georgia, celebrating the success of employers, property managers, schools and individuals in advancing the promise of cleaner air and less traffic.

“This awards program reinforces the idea that commute options are increasingly becoming a go-to business strategy for Georgia employers, not to mention a practical way to help organizations raise their green profile in the community.,” said Renay Blumenthal, Clean Air Campaign board chair. “Each winner has demonstrated measurable results and a strong commitment for a better Georgia.”

PACE Awards were presented in 14 categories. (See backgrounder for more information on winning employers, property managers, schools and individuals.)

  • GDOT Commissioner’s Award—Sally Silver
  • Best Overall Program/Small Business– Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Best Overall Program/Medium Business – Sutherland Asbill & Brennan
  • Best Overall Program/Large Business– Saint Joseph’s Hospital
  • Best Overall Program/Property Manager—Jamestown Commercial Management/999 Peachtree
  • Government Champions/City Employer—City of Roswell
  • Government Champions/County Employer– Fulton County Government
  • Government Champions/State Employer—Georgia Department of Administrative Services
  • Government Champions/Federal Employer – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Most Innovative Program (Two winners)—Cobb EMC and Perimeter Shuttle
  • Telework Catalyst—Vocalocity
  • Dr. Marlin Gottschalk Environmental Leadership Award—Evansdale Elementary in DeKalb County
  • Clean Air Schools Champion of the Year—Deputy Brian Reents (General Ray Davis Middle School in Rockdale County)
  • Clean Air Schools District of the Year—Gwinnett County Schools

“As our state continues to grow, investments in our transportation landscape must include ways to reduce traffic congestion, improve air quality, and keep Georgia a great place to live and work for decades to come,” said Georgia DOT Commissioner Vance C. Smith, Jr. “Georgia DOT applauds the many employers, individuals and schools like those we’ve honored today for their important work in reducing single-occupancy vehicles on our roads and improving mobility for commuters.”

This year’s ceremony was held at the Georgia-Pacific Auditorium, located inside the Georgia-Pacific headquarters in downtown Atlanta. The awards were sponsored by WABE 90.1 FM.

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