The PACE Awards program recognizes the best commute options programs in Georgia, celebrating the success of employers, employers and property managers, schools and individuals to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality.
Now in its 12th year, the PACE Awards program recognizes the best commute options programs in Georgia, celebrating the success of employers, property managers, schools and individuals in advancing the promise of cleaner air and less traffic.
Congratulations to the 2012 PACE Award Winners
The 2012 PACE Awards ceremony was held Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at the Georgia-Pacific Auditorium. In all, more than a dozen employers, property managers, individual leaders and schools received awards:
Best Overall Program - Private Sector Employers
Given to private sector employers that demonstrate the best use of available resources to creatively influence employees to use commute options to reduce trips and improve air quality.
Best Overall Program - Mid-Sized Employer
- Winner: Agnes Scott College
- Finalist: The Hartford
Best Overall Program - Large Employer
- Winner: Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
- Finalists: Delta Air Lines ; Sprint
Best Overall Program - Property Manager
Given to an outstanding property manager demonstrating the best use of available resources and amenities to creatively influence tenants to use commute options for less traffic and cleaner air.
- Winner: CBRE - 271 17th Street
- Finalists: Dewberry Capital - Peachtree Pointe ; Hines - Atlanta Financial Center
Government Champions Initiative - Public Sector Employers
Given to public sector employers that have developed commute options programs to reduce traffic and improve air quality while enhancing operations and conserving resources.
Local Government Employer
- Winner: City of Milton
- Finalist: City of Roswell
Federal Government Employer
- Winner: 78th Air Base Wing, Robins Air Force Base
- Finalist: USDA Forest Service
Most Innovative Program - Private and Public Sector Employers + Property Managers
Recognizes organizations that have achieved success for one specific element of a commute options program (e.g., vanpooling, teleworking, etc) that has yielded an innovative solution to an air quality/traffic-related issue.
- Winner: Star Subs, dba Jimmy John's Buckhead
- Winner: UHS-Pruitt Corporation
- Finalists: Atlantic Station MOA, Center for the Visually Impaired, Cousins Properties, Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Lund International
Georgia Department Of Transportation Leadership Award
Presented to an individual who has shown exemplary commitment to the improvement of air quality and the reduction of traffic congestion. The award specifically recognizes the role of community leaders, corporate executives and other individuals who have used their influence to change attitudes and develop solutions.
Winner: Jim Durrett, Executive Director, Buckhead Community Improvement District
Other PACE Awards Recognition
2012 Platinum Partners
Recognizing employers and property managers that have achieved exemplary impact through commute options programs. To qualify, at least 20% of all employee trips to a worksite must involve alternatives to driving alone and companies must actively educate employees about commute options. For a property manager to qualify, a facility must offer at least five specific amenities that benefit tenant employees using alternatives. A total of 172 organizations were recognized as 2012 Platinum Partners.
Presented to the employer with the most outstanding formal telework program.
- Winner: Assurant Specialty Property
- Finalist: ADP
UPS Exemplary Diesel Idle Reduction Program Award
Given to an organization that has made a significant contribution to air quality and demonstrates improved fleet efficiency by reducing unnecessary diesel engine idling.
- Winner: Xpress, Georgia Regional Transportation Authority
Clean Air Schools
Awards recognize exemplary volunteers, outstanding school and outstanding school district achieving success through the Clean Air Schools program.
- Clean Air Schools School of the Year (2011-12): White Oak Elementary, Gwinnett Public Schools
- School Champion: Jamee Douglas, 5th grade teacher, Big Shanty Elementary, Cobb County School District
- Marlin M. Gottschalk Student Environmental Leadership Award: Zoe Spencer, Atlanta Public Schools
- Most Outstanding School District (2011-12): Cobb County School District
PACE Award Winners from Prior Years
For information on past PACE Award winners from prior years, read about them here.