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Published May 23, 2008

HELP SPARE THE AIR



The Hacienda Owners Association is a proud supporter of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District's 2008 Spare the Air program. Important AirAlert advisories alert Bay Area residents about those days where their efforts to reduce air pollution can make a substantial difference in regional air quality.  Annually, more than 1,800 employers participate in this important air quality effort.

2008 Spare the Air
The 2008 summer Spare the Air season has officially begun and will continue throughout the summer months. This summer it is more important than ever to make clean air choices every day. With a new, more stringent federal ozone standard taking effect on May 27th, the Air District anticipates having twice as many Spare the Air days as before.

AirAlert Registration
The main component of the Spare the Air program is the AirAlert advisory notice. Spare the Air organizers are encouraging any person interested in the program to sign up individually. Simply go to http://airalert.sparetheair.org and complete the registration form to receive advance notice of Spare the Air days. Notices can be received via email, cell phone or pager. You can also choose to receive air pollution forecasts every day – or you can just get AirAlert advisories only! 

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. Employers can enroll in the fax or email notification program at the following location: www.sparetheair.org/employers/registration.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: www.sparetheair.org/employers/materials.htm.

2008 Free Transit Day
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission will be sponsoring one planned free transit day on Thursday, June 19th. A planned free transit day will allow residents to plan their commute in advance -- to get a transit buddy, change morning alarms, or find the most convenient bus, BART or transportation station. You can visit www.511.org to confirm if your local transit agency is a free commuter partner.

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/services/services_commute_pass.html.

New Rider Program
Take a ride on ACE, BART, SJRTD, Tri-Delta Transit or AC Transit 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/services/services_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
Robin Savinar
Allison & Partners
505 Sansome Street, 7th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 277-4927  phone     (415) 277-7503  fax      robin@allisonpr.com     e-mail      www.sparetheair.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