The Southern Alameda County Spare the Air Resource Team has worked to reduce greenhouse gas production and traffic congestion by promoting commute alternatives to solo driving and educating drivers about the expense and waste of unnecessary idling.
The team began focusing its energies on shuttle systems and expanding its anti-idling efforts in 2012 and continued in 2013. After the team developed a white paper about shuttle programs, the Team hosted Shuttles 101 – a workshop to provide an introduction to shuttle programs to city and county staff. View the recorded webcast online.
On February 27, 2014 the team will host a Shuttle workshop at Hayward City Hall tailored to the needs and interests of employers, chambers, TMA’s and others seeking to learn more about how to establish a shuttle program. At this workshop, the team will share a white paper on Shuttle Programs. Cities and businesses have successfully used shuttle programs to meet their business objectives. The purpose of the workshop is to better understand what goes into planning, funding, and operating a shuttle.
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In 2012, the Team is focusing its energies on shuttle systems and expanding its anti-idling efforts.
Also in 2012, the Team spread anti-idling messages to area schools in Union City and Fremont, and to Sunol Glen Elementary School in Castro Valley, by distributing anti-idling bannesr to each school site to encourage parents to turn off their engines while waiting to pick up children. Packets also included short articles on idling that could be included in the school newsletter, and a small number of stickers to share with parents. The Team is continuing to distribute the items in Hayward and Newark schools.
Additionally, the Team helped encourage participation in the Safe Routes to Schools alternative commuting competition, the Golden Sneaker Contest, by providing gift cards to teachers of winning classrooms to use for classroom supplies.
The Team also explored more affordable ways to conduct walk audits in order to ensure safe walk environments around school sites.
In 2011, the Team designed and printed anti-idling materials and purchased radar devices for local school districts to use in Safe Routes to Schools classroom curricula.
In previous years, Team projects have included offering vanpool incentives; hosting a booth at the Fremont Festival of the Arts on commute greening; holding, with the City of Fremont, an employer commute solutions workshop at the City’s Northport Loop Business Park; and developed an Alameda County commuter resource guide.
If you would like to join in the Team's efforts to promote commute alternatives, reduce traffic congestion, and cut back greenhouse gases, please contact Stephanie Anderson at 510-763-2500 ext. 1 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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