Clean Air Campaign announces inaugural list of Platinum Partners

By Maria Saporta

The Clean Air Campaign has established an inaugural list of Platinum Partners.

To qualify as a Platinum Partner, at least 20 percent of all employee or tenant trips to a worksite had to involve alternatives to driving alone.

The effort, which is called “In Good Company,” includes a list of 130 employers and landlords — including some of the largest companies in metro Atlanta.

The Clean Air Campaign, which has a mission of reducing traffic congestion and improving air quality, works with employers and employees to provide alternative commute programs.

The organization works with all the Transportation Management Associations in the Atlanta region as a way to offer commute alternatives. Employers and landlords are an integral part of the campaign’s success.

“By providing opportunities for employees to carpool, vanpool, ride transit, telework, bicycle or walk, these organizations demonstrate the positive impact they can have on traffic and the air we breathe,” said Tedra Cheatham, executive director of the Clean Air Campaign. “Commute alternatives can yield cost savings for workplaces and improve employee morale, in addition to helping the environment. Taking advantage of these programs is a smart move, and the Partners on this list are in good company.”

The TMAs and the Clean Air Campaign work closely with more than 1,600 employers across the state to create customized commute programs for their employees. They offer on-site program development, worksite assessment, program support through transportation fairs, marketing tools, training seminars and networking programs.

By choosing alternatives of commuting solo in a car, employees can receive financial benefits through Commuter Rewards, a statewide program that rewards clean commuters with cash, gift cards and gas cards. They may also qualify for employer-sponsored incentives and tax benefits.

“With help from the Clean Air Campaign and Midtown Transportation Solutions (MTS), Georgia Tech reached a milestone in 2011 with over 41 percent of its commuting employees using a clean commute option every day,” said Aaron Fowler, Georgia Tech’s campus transportation planner. “Whether commuting by carpool, transit, bicycle or foot, the rewards programs and marketing outreach provided by The Clean Air Campaign and MTS have helped bring that extra motivation needed in order to change the culture of our commute.”

The Clean Air Campaign’s employer services program is part of a multi-tiered effort funded by the Georgia Department of Transportation to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality across the state of Georgia through commuter incentives, no-idling programs and public education.

Based on the elements of the employers’ program and their commitment to providing transportation choices for employees, Partners have an opportunity to receive recognition at the annual PACE Awards, honoring the best commute options programs.

The Clean Air Campaign’s inaugural Platinum Partners include:

Clean Air Campaign Partners
• ADP (Windward)
• ADP National Accounts Services
• Advantis Technologies
• Alcatel-Lucent
• Cabot Corp.
• Computer Resources Center
• Hewlett-Packard
• L-3 Communications Display Systems
• Philips Healthcare
• Power Partners, Inc.
• The Bearland Group
• Aetna Inc.
• Chartis – Brookside
• Chartis – Northwinds
• Coca-Cola Call Center
• Foodbuy, LLC
• Grubb & Ellis for Microsoft
• Hitch & Webb LLC
• Integrity 1 Contracting, Inc.
• Ronald Blue & Co.
• VA Health and Eligibility Center (HEC)
• GA EMC
• Crawford and Company
• Galanti & Company, PC
• Administration for Children and Families
• Air Force Center for Environment
• Atlanta Metropolitan College
• City of Atlanta
• City of Atlanta Municipal Court
• Federal Highway Division
• Federal Transit Administration
• ifPeople
• The Georgia Lottery Corporation
• U.S. Bankruptcy Court
• U.S. Census Bureau
• U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
• U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development
• U.S. Department of Labor
• U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
• U.S. Food & Drug Administration
• U.S. Office of Thrift Supervision
• USDA Food & Nutrition Service
• USDA Forest Service
• IBM Corporation
• Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
• Cobb Energy
• Chart Industries, Inc.
• Sprint-Nextel
• Harland Financial Solutions
• The Zeist Company
• Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training
• Aspect Software
• Georgia 811
• Meggitt Training Systems
• Prime Technological Services
• Board of Regents-University System of Georgia
• Georgia Emergency Management Agency
• Georgia Department of Administrative Services
• Atlanta Community Food Bank
• Jones Lang LaSalle – Sanctuary Park

Buckhead Area Transportation Management Association (BATMA) Partners
• Cigna
• Allison & Partners
• Bain
• Buckhead Document Pros
• Gates Moore and Company
• MARTA
• Riot
• RSUI
• Silicon Valley Bank
• Wellpoint
• Alliance Center I and II
• Atlanta Financial Center
• Atlanta Plaza
• Lenox Building
• Monarch Center
• One Capital City Plaza
• Peachtree, 3344
• Piedmont 1 – 4, 15
• Piedmont 14
• Pinnacle / Two Live Oak
• Prominence Building
• Resurgens Plaza
• Securities Center
• Terminus 100 / 200
• Tower Place 100
• Tower Place 200
• 3630 Peachtree
• Phipps Tower

Downtown Transportation Management Association (TMA) Partners
• Adam M. Goodman, Standing Chapter 13 Trustee
• Intelliteach
• Maximus- Georgia Childcare & Parent Services
• Maximus- Georgia Families
• Omni Hotel at CNN Center
• Georgia Legal Services Program
• Zipcar
• Chik-fil-A
• Georgia Forward
• HKS
• Cousins Properties Incorporated – American Cancer Society Center
• Parkway Realty – Peachtree Center
• Portman Holdings, LLC – SunTrust Plaza

Perimeter Transportation and Sustainability Coalition (PTSC)

• CH2M Hill
• Cox Communications
• Cox Enterprises
• Marriott Courtyard-Glenridge
• M-GenOn (formally known as Mirant)
• Saint Joseph’s Hospital
• Ashford Green- Manulife Financial (4170 Ashford Dunwoody Rd)
• Concourse – Cousins Properties Inc. (King&Queen buildings)
• Northpark Town Center – C.B. Richard Ellis
• Perimeter Center Parkway- Jones Lang LaSalle – Buildings 211, 219, 223, 245 & Peachtree Dunwoody Rd Building 6655
• Perimeter Summit-Seven Oaks Management
• iHEALTH Technologies
• 1155 Perimeter Center West- TPA Realty
• 1 Glenlake – Wells Real Estate (Glenlake Parkway)

Midtown Transportation Solutions (MTS)
• Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
• Flad Architects
• Sutherland
• Vocalocity
• South Star Energy Provider
• Georgia Tech
• Midtown Alliance
• State Farm Insurance
• National Wildlife Federation
• Nature Conservancy
• Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta
• 999 Peachtree – Jamestown

Atlantic Station Access + Mobility Program (ASAP+)
• CB Richard Ellis
• Cassidy Turley

Maria Saporta, Editor, is a longtime Atlanta business, civic and urban affairs journalist with a deep knowledge of our city, our region and state.  Since 2008, she has written a weekly column and news stories for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Prior to that, she spent 27 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, becoming its business columnist in 1991. Maria received her Master’s degree in urban studies from Georgia State and her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University. Maria was born in Atlanta to European parents and has two young adult children.

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