For Immediate Release
October 28, 2011
Maricopa County was named as the outstanding public employer at the 24th Annual Clean Air Campaign Awards luncheon this week.
The county was recognized for its efforts to promote a healthy environment by reducing traffic congestion and commuter related emissions. Over 34 percent of the workforce, about 4,000 employees, participate in employer-supported programs including public transit, carpooling, vanpooling, and bicycle commuting.
The Maricopa County Employee Commute (McECO) Program boasts a network of 60 agency site coordinators who promote alternative transportation for the county’s 12,800 employees. Pat Soria, Transportation Coordinator, accepted the award and praised the collective efforts of management and employees. “Our employees are passionate about the environment,” Soria said. “We are a service organization and our employees extend their service to the community through environmental stewardship. At Maricopa County, we’ve made green a way of life.”
In addition to the first place award, other county departments were recognized. These include: Public Health-Tobacco Use Prevention teleworking program and commuters Bill Sandberg, Public Defender’s Office; Dawn Parker, Medical Examiner’s Office; and Mariah Silk and Mara DeLuca, Public Health.
The commuters’ program recorded these results for FY 2010-2011:
n The number of employee transit boardings: 602,513
n Number of employees county-wide using alternative modes of transportation: 34%
n Number of employees using alternative modes of transportation at the downtown site: 44%
n Number of county vanpools: 33
n Number of vanpool trips: 17,160
n Number of employees working compressed work schedules: 2,800