Contra Costa Air Quality

Staff recently visited the Hilton Concord as part of the Contra Costa Green Business Program certification process.  We were delighted to learn that the Hilton encourages both hotel employees and guests to think about using alternative ways of traveling. Hilton employees are eligible for pre-tax commuter benefits to pay for transit expenses Nearly all employees live within a 10 mile radius of the hotel Around 50% of employees  take the bus, bike or walk to work.... Read the rest
Bay Area Air Quality Management District WHO: Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) WHAT: Public hearing to consider the adoption of proposed Regulation 14: Mobile Source Emissions Reduction Measures, Rule 1: Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program. The proposed rule will serve as the foundation for the Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program (Program). WHEN: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 9:45am WHERE: 939 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94109 at the 7th Floor Board Room WHY: The objective is to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) and criteria air pollutants by expanding the number of employers who provide commuter benefits to their employees.... Read the rest
Fireworks in Pinole, CA in Contra Costa County Transit riders and vanpoolers who take advantage of pre-tax commuter benefits with their employer will find that their maximum monthly limit decrease to $130 starting January 1, 2014 from $245 in 2013. The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (HR 8) restored the pre-tax transit and vanpool commuter benefits to be on par with the qualified parking benefit temporarily for the 2013 calendar year. That parity ends December 31, 2013. At this time, the 2014 monthly limits for qualified monthly transportation benefits are: up to $130 per employee per month for public transportation and vanpool up to $250 per employee per month for qualified parking, or up to $380 per employee per month for both public transportation and qualified parking Qualified bicycle commuting reimbursements will remain unchanged at $20 per month in the new year.... Read the rest
BAAQMD The staff of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (Air District) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) will conduct public workshops to present, discuss, and receive comments on draft Regulation 14, Rule 1: The Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program. What is the Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program? California Senate Bill 1339, signed into law in fall 2012 created the Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program (Program).  Employers with 50 or more full-time employees in the Bay Area are required to provide commuter benefit options to their employees.... Read the rest
The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (HR 8) has restored the pre-tax transit and vanpool commuter benefits to be on par with the qualified parking benefit. For the 2013 calendar year: up to $245 per employee per month for vanpool and all public transportation up to $245 per employee per month for qualified parking, or up to $490 per employee per month for both public transportation and qualified parking The effective date for the revised limits above allows for retroactivity back to January 1, 2012 if an employer so chooses under Sec.... Read the rest
Berkeley Bike Lane With S.B. 1339 passed, are you more likely to pedal as part of your commute? Photo credit:  Carrie Cizauskas In September 2012, Governor Brown passed into law S.B. 1339 – legislation that allows the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) to implement a region-wide Bay Area commuter policy benefiting employees who work at least 20 hours per week for an employer with 50 or more full-time employees in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. ... Read the rest
It’s back! The Great Race for Clean Air is a friendly competition between Bay Area companies to encourage the use of commute alternatives such as transit, carpooling, vanpooling, walking and bicycling rather than driving alone to work to reduce greenhouse gases and smog levels in the Bay Area. Last year, 190 companies throughout the Bay Area saved 435 tons of CO2 by using commute alternatives. Register your company to get started by August 31, 2012.... Read the rest
  Aloha! The City of San Ramon and The ACT Northern CA Chapter present: Commuter Paradise! When private transportation picks up the public transportation gap and how companies can create alternative commute options for their employees at low to minimum cost. Topics will include: Commuter benefits Vanpool information Private commuter options RSVP by July 11th, 2012 For PDF brochure click here :  Commuter Workshop... Read the rest
Spare the Air Employer Program invites you to a FREE webinar on Teleworking. Learn how teleworking can eliminate your employees’ commute, reduce emissions and improve your bottom-line! When: Thursday, June 07, 2012 Time: 10:30 AM – 12 PM (Noon) Presenter: Elham Shirazi, Telework Expert Topics covered will include: The latest facts on teleworking Impact on vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and emissions Case studies Implementation steps How to overcome objections at your workplace Please RSVP by Friday, June 01, 2012 For more information, contact Stephanie Anderson at sanderson@communityfocus.org or 510.763.2500.... Read the rest
Spare The Air Employer Breakfast Clean Air 101 Spare the Air Employer Program is an overall employee commute package that promotes carpooling, transit and Spare the Air participation can help attract and retain employees. Small business friendly! Time: 8:30am-Noon Continental Breakfast served Location: Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. San Francisco – Near Powell BART View Larger Map Learn about commute solutions in a tight economy. Network with Employer Program members. Take away clean air resources and solutions.... Read the rest