SANDAG SEEKING SHINING STARS IN SUSTAINABLE COMMUTING: DIAMOND AWARDS NOMINATIONS DUE FEB. 28

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More award categories added this year to recognize sustainable commute leaders

February 25, 2013 (San Diego)--SANDAG is seeking nominations for the iCommute Diamond Awards, which recognize individuals and organizations for promoting and adopting sustainable commute choices, such as taking transit, carpooling, and teleworking. Nominations are due by 4 p.m. PST, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013.

Diamond Awards winners reduce greenhouse gases and improve mobility by helping people get to work or school without adding traffic to the 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.

The awards program has been revamped for 2013, with new categories for organization awards, including multiple awards in some categories based on the number of employees. Categories for organization awards are: Program Excellence, Best New Program, All-Star Award, Outstanding Educational Institute, and Agency Leadership Award. Categories for individual awards are: Community Champion, Workplace Champion, and Commuter of the Year.

Self-nominations are encouraged, and there is no cost to apply. For more information on the Diamond Awards, or to review the nomination guidelines, visit 511sd.com/iCommute or call 511 and say “iCommute.”  

Diamond Awards winners receive recognition in a regional newspaper ad, on the iCommute website and SANDAG Facebook page, in a SANDAG Board of Directors agenda, and mention in a SANDAG press release. Winners will be announced in March 2013.