Published June 1, 2007


The Hacienda Owners Association is a proud supporter of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District's 2007 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. The 2007 summer Spare the Air season runs from June 1st through October 12th. Annually, over 1,800 employers participate in this important air quality effort. 

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.

2007 Free Transit Days
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission will be offering free full day commutes for the first four non-holiday Spare the Air weekdays on participating transit agencies. There will be a maximum of four free days during the June to October smog season and the free commute will be available on every participating Bay Area transit system for all passengers. You will get advance notice of these free commute days though the AirAlert notices. 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
Alexia Da Silva
Allison & Partners
505 Sansome Street, 7th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 277-4937  phone     (415) 277-7503  fax      alexia@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