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Communicating with Employees – Samples Articles and Social Media Posts

Inform your employees about what they can do to help improve air quality and save money!

 

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  • Hear from commuter converts from around the Bay Area

 

Tips for saving gas and money

  • Give your car a rest. Carpool, take public transit, bicycle, or walk to your destination. Call 511 or check their website for transit information. You’ll save gas, money and avoid the traffic headache!
  • Refuel after dark. Plan to refuel your car after sundown when gasoline vapors are less likely to form into smog.
  • Tune up. Keep your car in good running condition and your tires properly inflated.  A well-maintained car uses significantly less gasoline than one that is poorly maintained.
  • Plan your outing by trip linking. Limit driving as much as possible by combining all of your errands into one trip.
  • Junk that clunker. The Vehicle Buy Back Program will pay Bay Area residents $1,000 to turn in their operable, registered, 1994 or older vehicle for scrapping. 

 

Sample social media posts

Be Idle-Free post:

Spare the Air and save money by turning off your car's engine when stopped for more than 30 seconds. The California Energy Commission says for every two minutes a car idles, it uses about the same amount of fuel it takes to go one mile. With gas prices above $3.00 a gallon, the average driver can easily idle away $20-$30 of gas each month.

Stay Updated post:

Spare the Air Alerts tell us when air quality is forecast to be unhealthy. Stay up-to-date, find helpful commute tips and be in the know on clean air topics. Follow Spare the Air onTwitterFacebookLinkedInPinterest, or YouTube.

Spare the Air Information post:

The Spare the Air program was established by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District in order to reduce air pollution and to alert the public when air quality is forecast to be unhealthy.

During the summer ozone pollution, or smog, can become a health problem in the Bay Area. Residents are urged to walk, bike, carpool, or take transit instead of driving alone, not just during Spare the Air Alerts, but regularly in order to reduce overall pollution.

To learn more about simple actions you can take to prevent air pollution and to sign up for email notification of Spare the Air Alerts, visit SpareTheAir.org. Information is also available in Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog and Vietnamese at SpareTheAirNow.org.

 

Spare the Air posters and logos for newsletter and website

  • Use the Spare the Air Employer Program member logo
  • a Spare the Air Employer Program window decal 
  • Promote the value of carpooling  with “Brought to you by Carpooling” posters
  • Incorporate Spare the Air widgets to your company website
  • View daily ozone concentration patterns across the Bay Area with the Ozone Animation Map
  • Spare the Air Alert mobile apps: for iOS and Android
  • Tweet or Retweet Spare the Air on social media during Spare the Air Alerts
  • Follow Spare the Air on social media

 

Online tools to encourage biking and carpooling

  • 511 Regional Bike Mapper
  • Park and Ride lots map
  • Calculate your savings when riding in a carpool 

 

Spare the Air in multiple languages 

  • Visit SpareTheAirNow.org for general information in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese and Tagalog. If you have information about your commuter benefit offerings or other Spare the Air related programs for which you need translation help, email

 

Promoting commute alternatives

Awards and Recognition Opportunities

  • The MTC Excellence in Motion Award recognizes people and organizations who have made extraordinary contributions to the way people get around in the Bay Area.
  • Employers can secure national recognition for their sustainable commuting practices through Best Workplaces for Commuters, an organization honoring employers who provide excellent transportation alternative programs.
  • Acterra Business Environmental Awards for sustainability, environmental innovation, sustainable built environment and environment project.

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