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Published June 5, 2003

HELP SPARE THE AIR

Spare the Air

The Hacienda Owners Association is a proud supporter of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District's 2003 Spare the Air program. This important advisory alerts Bay Area residents about those days where their efforts to reduce air pollution can make a substantial difference in regional air quality. This year's program will run from June 2nd through October 17th.  Over 1,800 employers participate in this important air quality effort. 

2003 PROGRAM
The main component of the Spare the Air program is an advisory notice that can be e-mailed directly to participants alerting them that a Spare the Air day is going to occur. Spare the Air organizers are encouraging any person interested in the program to sign up individually.  Registrants are automatically entered into a drawing for incredible prizes, including the grand prize: a holiday getaway for two.  New registrations are needed each year so previous participants will need to re-register to continue receiving notifications and to be eligible for this years prize drawing.  Follow this link: http://www.sparetheair.org and select "Sign Up For Email Notifications Now" to receive e-mail notices directly.

Business Participation Sought
Businesses are also encouraged to join the Spare the Air program to help provide comprehensive notification services and assistance to their employees. Again, employer participants from last year will need to complete a new registration form for the 2003 campaign to stay enrolled in the program.   Employers can enroll in the fax or email notification program at the following location: http://www.sparetheair.org/employer/regform.htm.  Once enrolled, the Air District informs employers by fax or email or both when they are expecting a Spare the Air day.  Employer coordinators are notified at approximately 1 p.m. the day before, providing them time to inform the employees at their worksite.  A number of resources are available to employer participants as well. Reports, references, tool-kits and more are yours as part of the program.  You may also order free materials, such as brochures, posters, and incentive items, to support your Spare the Air efforts at: http://www.sparetheair.org/employer/employer.htm. Finally, employers can gain public recognition for their Spare the Air efforts through the Leading Employers Achievement Program (LEAP).  Contact Judi Goldblatt at RIDES, using the contact information below, for details.

Hacienda Spare the Air Resources
Hacienda would also like to help facilitate your participation in the Spare the Air program. As a key component of the Spare the Air program are efforts to reduce vehicle emissions. We have a number of special incentives to assist you with the use of commute alternatives. Additional information on energy management and pollution reduction is also available. Resources include: 

Free WHEELS pass
All Hacienda employees and residents may obtain a free WHEELS pass to use any time on the WHEELS system. This pass provides free access to: all local buses, links to and from BART and ACE rail services, and the I-680 Express between Hacienda and  the Pleasant Hill/Walnut Creek area.  To obtain a pass, simply follow this link: www.hacienda.org/materials/materials_commute_pass.html.

New Rider Program
Try a ride on ACE, BART or SMART for free. If you are interested in trying a transportation alternative for the first time, check out Hacienda's New Rider program. Details are available by following this link: www.hacienda.org/materials/materials_commute_rider.html.

Energy Conservation and Pollution Reduction Resources
Hacienda has a number of informational materials related to the Spare the Air Campaign.  If you would like a special package of Spare the Air information including energy conservation tips, details on simple actions that aid pollution reduction efforts, alternative commute guides and more, simply post an e-mail to the following address, info@hacienda.org, and let us know what information you would like to receive.

Contact Information
RIDES
Judi Goldblatt
300 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 275, Oakland, California  94612
(510) 273-2091  phone     (510) 622-0201  fax     judi@rides.org  e-mail      www.rides.org    WWW

Hacienda Owners Association
4473 Willow Road, Suite 105, Pleasanton, California  94588-8570
(925) 734-6500  phone     (925) 734-6501  fax     info@hacienda.org  e-mail     www.hacienda.org    WWW