Appendix N. A Survey of Air Quality Outreach and Education Efforts in Georgia and Elsewhere; 9/24/2001. A Survey of Air Quality Outreach and Education Efforts in Georgia and Elsewhere* September 24, 2001 I. Introduction This report is part of the “Fall line Air Quality Study (FAQS), a three-year project to assess urban and regional air pollution, identify the sources of pollutants and pollutant precursors, and recommend solutions to realized and potential poor air quality in the Augusta, Macon, and Columbus, Georgia metropolitan areas.” (See www.cure.gatech.edu/faqs.asp) Herein, information is provided about the many organizations in Augusta, Macon, Columbus, and Atlanta, Georgia that may be working to improve air quality awareness and understanding in their communities, and any specific outreach and education activities that they may be conducting. The purpose of the report is to allow current and future providers of air quality outreach and education to learn about similar activities across the state, and encourage networking and sharing of resources and ideas. The naming of any product or service in this report and accompanying appendices does not constitute an endorsement and no endorsement should be inferred from such mention. II. Augusta, Georgia Active Organizations 1. The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD), Air Protection Branch regulates emissions from industrial and mobile sources, and monitors concentrations of air pollutants throughout the state. 2. In 1999, the Metro Augusta Chamber of Commerce organized an Air Quality Task Force. Representatives from local businesses and governments meet on a bi-monthly basis to learn more about the air quality problem in Augusta and consider strategies for the region. Initial discussions between Georgia Tech and the Augusta Air Quality Task Force directly led to the creation of the Fall line Air Quality Study. 3. The Augusta Interagency Council for Air Quality has met 3 times in the last year to look at transportation planning as it relates to air quality. 4. The Columbia County Engineering Department has actively supported the FAQS project by building and helping Georgia Tech operate the primary Augusta area FAQS monitoring station at Riverside Park (and formerly at Lakeside-Evans High School). * Report prepared by Ms. Polly Sattler and Dr. Michael E. Chang. Ms. Sattler is an independent consultant, former Coordinator for the Clean Air Campaign, and former Senior Program Manager with Southface Energy Institute. While with these latter organizations, she was extensively involved in developing and administering programs to educate individuals and groups about clean air, resource conservation, and energy efficiency. Dr. Chang is a Sr. Research Scientist in the School of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Tech and is the Principal Investigator for the Fall line Air Quality Study. 1 5. In June/July 2000, Fort Gordon and the Fort Gordon Department of Public Works was host to the Georgia Tech Mobile Air Quality Laboratory 2-week FAQS pilot study of Augusta air quality. Specific Outreach Projects 1. The EPD provides a website showing current and past air quality in the Augusta area with links to additional information (www.air.dnr.state.ga.us/amp/), and an air quality hotline for further distributing current air quality readings (1-800-427-9605). 2. Media briefings and publication of guest editorials in the Augusta Chronicle by members of the Air Quality Task Force. 3. Air Quality Task Force members provide informal air quality briefings for local and state officials and direct government communications in support of the FAQS. 4. In June 2000, the Fort Gordon Department of Public Works hosted the Augusta FAQS Open House Tour of the Georgia Tech Mobile Air Quality Laboratory. III. Macon, Georgia Active Organizations 1. The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD), Air Protection Branch regulates emissions from industrial and mobile sources, and monitors concentrations of air pollutants throughout the state. 2. The Macon Chamber of Commerce set up a Task Force to address issues related to air quality. Members of the committee met with Atlanta’s Clean Air Campaign (CAC) in August 2000 to learn more about the CAC’s successes. 3. Bibb County and the Bibb County Engineering Department have actively supported the FAQS project by building and helping Georgia Tech operate the primary Macon area FAQS monitoring station at Sandy Beach Park. 4. Macon is applying to become a Department of Energy Clean Cities Chapter. Through this process, Clean Earth Action (CEA), with support from the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority (GEFA), is helping Macon develop a plan to increase the number of Alternative Fueled Vehicles (AFVs) in the Middle Georgia region. They have developed a number of committees including Infrastructure and Services, Alternative Fuels and Infrastructure, Community Outreach, and Education and Advocacy. 5. New Town Macon is a public/private partnership interested in the redevelopment of downtown Macon. The group’s goal is to revitalize the downtown corridor and reduce sprawl. One of New Town Macon’s projects is the Intermodal Facility Study that is looking into the benefits and requirements of a downtown circulatory shuttle system 2 6. Citizens Against Unwanted Thoroughfares In Our Neighborhoods (CAUTION Macon) works to help citizens achieve meaningful input into the Macon/Bibb County Road Improvement Program. 7. Airkeeper, a member of the Georgia Environmental Enforcement Project, is a state-wide coalition of groups that advocate for clean air, clean water, environmental justice, and responsible community planning. Specific Outreach Projects 1. The EPD provides a website showing current and past air quality in the Macon area with links to additional information (www.air.dnr.state.ga.us/amp/), and an air quality hotline for further distributing current air quality readings (1-800-427-9605). 2. In June 2000, Bibb County hosted the Macon FAQS Open House Tour of the Sandy Beach monitoring station and Georgia Tech Mobile Air Quality Laboratory. 3. In the Spring of 2001, Airkeeper hosted a town meeting and community dinner drawing ~100 people to discuss local air quality and the air quality permitting process IV. Columbus, Georgia Active Organizations 1. The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD), Air Protection Branch regulates emissions from industrial and mobile sources, and monitors concentrations of air pollutants throughout the state. 2. In response to the potential ozone nonattainment designation, the Columbus Consolidated Government, the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce, and many other stakeholders created the Environmental Task Force. The Task Force is comprised of 7 sub committees including Public Information/Education, Legislative, Transportation, Survey, and Vision 2005. The Legislative Subcommittee educates elected officials about air quality issues including the need to fund studies such as the FAQS. The Transportation Committee studies alternative transportation options such as free trolley service, Rideshare opportunities, and Park-n-Ride lots. Metra, the local bus provider, already participates in the Rideshare program. Another program being studied is a Clean Air Day that would provide free trolley rides to raise awareness and help people get more comfortable with using transit. The Survey Committee is researching and gathering data regarding traffic patterns, commuting behavior, and the public’s willingness to carpool. 3 The Vision 2005 subcommittee is looking into ideas for long- range goals and objectives regarding transportation and community planning. 3. Columbus State University provides daily ozone forecasts for the area. They have a full time graduate student working on this project. 4. Columbus Consolidated Government has also looked into purchasing Low Emission Vehicles. 5. The Columbus Water Works has actively supported the FAQS project by building and helping Georgia Tech operate the primary Columbus area FAQS monitoring station at the Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center. In July 2000, The Columbus Water Works also hosted the Georgia Tech Mobile Air Quality Laboratory 2-week FAQS pilot study of Columbus air quality. Specific Outreach 1. The EPD provides a website showing current and past air quality in the Columbus area with links to additional information (www.air.dnr.state.ga.us/amp/), and an air quality hotline for further distributing current air quality readings (1-800-427-9605). 2. The Public Information/Education committee of the Columbus Environmental Task Force developed an education brochure for elementary school students. 16,000 brochures were printed by the city and distributed the last week of school. The Committee is also looking into producing a brochure that will offer tips on how to reduce emissions from older cars and increase automobile efficiency. 3. Columbus worked with the American Lung Association to place air quality posters in schools. 4. A Speaker’s Bureau is being developed that will offer presentations to civic groups and clubs. 5. The Environmental Task Force has hosted a number of air quality professionals and state officials to provide important information about air quality. These have included: Joe Young , Legislative Councilor to Governor Roy Barnes Mike Rogers, Director of the Air Quality Lab at Georgia Tech Bill Laferty, Service Manager with Bill Heard Chevrolet about auto emissions Ron Methier, Chief of the Air Protection Branch of EPD Pam Earl, Public Relations and Education Manager with EPD Marlin Gottschalk, Manager of Mobile and Area Sources Program at EPD 6. In July 2000, the Columbus Water Works hosted the Columbus FAQS Open House Tour of the Georgia Tech Mobile Air Quality Laboratory at the North Georgia Columbus Water Resources Facility. 4 7. Columbus State University provides a daily air quality forecast for the Columbus area during the smog season, May 1 to September 30. Many local media outlets carry the forecast. V. Atlanta, Georgia Active Organizations 1. The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD). The Air Protection Branch regulates emissions from industrial and mobile sources, and monitors concentrations of air pollutants throughout the state, and along with Georgia Tech, forecasts air quality concentrations in metropolitan Atlanta. In 1998, the EPD launched the Voluntary Ozone Action Program (VOAP) to help employers and their employees reduce smog-causing emissions associated with work and commuting to work. In 1999, VOAP was renamed to Partnership for a Smog Free Georgia (PSG) and in 2000, reorganized under the Clean Air Campaign Partners. The Georgia Clean Air Force is a public / private partnership between the Georgia EPD and MCI Worldcom to manage the 13-county Atlanta Vehicle Emission Inspection and Maintenance program. 2. The Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA) was created by Governor Barnes and the Georgia General Assembly in 1999 to address air pollution, traffic congestion and poorly planned development in metropolitan Atlanta and other areas of the state that fail to meet clean air standards. 3. Commute Connections, a program of the Atlanta Regional Commission, provides a regional ride matching service (1-87-RIDEFIND), an employer administered Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH) program, and other work site support services to promote alternative transportation. This program is an integral part of the Employer Services program and has been a part of the Clean Air Campaign’s public relations and advertising campaign. 4. Clean Earth Action (CEA) coordinates Clean Cities – Atlanta. CEA receives funds from the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority (GEFA) to work with groups who have their Clean Cities designation (i.e. Atlanta). It has a training program that helps newly designated groups learn more about setting up infrastructure, fund raising and education. Clean Earth Action also helps groups apply to become new Clean Cities chapters. 5. In 1998, the Metropolitan Atlanta Chamber of Commerce created the Metropolitan Atlanta Transportation Initiative (MATI) to inform business leaders about transportation and air quality issues in Atlanta and create recommendations for then Governor-elect Barnes. Many have credited MATI as being the impetus for the Governor’s successful efforts to create the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority in 1999. 5 6. The Clean Air Campaign is a not-for-profit organization that educates the public about metro Atlanta's air quality issues and works to effect behavioral change among citizens and businesses that will reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality. 7. The Regional Business Coalition represents 13 metro area chambers of commerce. Its top priority for 1998 was to stress the importance of corporate leadership as key to the long-term improvement in the condition of Atlanta’s air and the regulatory environment in which businesses must operate. 8. The Metro Atlanta Telecommuting Advisory Council (MATAC) provides information and workshops about telecommuting options. See Appendix B 9. Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), is Atlanta’s largest alternative transportation provider. In addition to serving all of Fulton and Dekalb counties and the City of Atlanta, it also works to improve air quality by replacing its diesel powered buses with vehicles that run on compressed natural gas (CNG). 10. Cobb County Transit (CCT) provides bus service in Cobb County and interfaces with MARTA. Clayton and Gwinnett counties will start bus service in the fall of 2001. 11. MetroVanPool coordinates and helps operate over 100 vanpool routes serving 25 counties in the local Atlanta area. 12. There are six Transportation Management Associations (TMA) in the Atlanta region (see Appendix A). The TMAs work with employers and property managers to design and operate commute options and transportation services that meet employees' commuting needs, reduce traffic congestion, decrease emissions of pollutants and pollutant precursors, and are economically viable and even profitable for both employees and employers. TMAs help participants take advantage of several cost-effective traffic solutions including: shuttles, transit discounts, vanpool subsidies, computerized ride-matching, Guaranteed Ride Home, taxi vouchers, and on-site commuter promotions. 13. The American Lung Association of Georgia’s mission is to prevent lung disease and promote lung health. It is the primary sponsor of Atlanta’s Annual Clean Commute Event. 14. The Atlanta Bicycle Campaign (ABC) is a member-supported organization that works to raise awareness of bicycles as a viable transportation alternative and the need for better on- road bicycling conditions in metro-Atlanta. ABC also teaches defensive bicycling classes to promote safe riding. 15. Pedestrians Educating Drivers on Safety (PEDS) is a grass roots advocacy group that is dedicated to making metropolitan Atlanta safe and accessible for all pedestrians. One of just fifteen local pedestrian advocacy groups in the nation, PEDS is impacting local, regional, state, and national transportation decisions. PEDS goals are simple: to change community attitudes to favor pedestrians; to increase walking and other pedestrian activity; to ensure the 6 design of pedestrian-oriented communities; to advance the equitable use of transportation funds; and to reduce the risk to pedestrians of injury and death. 16. The Sierra Club – Georgia Chapter sponsors the “Challenge to Sprawl Campaign.” This program uses litigation and public education to convince leaders in the Atlanta region to deal with highway-based sprawl. It also organizes local coalitions of environmental organizations, neighborhood associations, and others to support Smart Growth for just and sustainable communities. 17. The Southface Energy Institute promotes sustainable energy and environmental policies and technologies through education, research, and technical assistance. SEI is also the sponsor of the monthly Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable, an ongoing dialogue on issues of sustainable development, including air quality. Specific Outreach 1. In 1996, 70 private businesses, government agencies, non-profits and environmental groups joined together to form the Clean Air Campaign (CAC). The Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce provided an early lead role by dedicating staff time and by providing office and meeting space. The CAC’s mission is to enable individuals, state and local governments and industry, to understand and take personal and organizational responsibility for improving air quality by changing their behaviors. In 1997, the CAC was awarded $600,000 in federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funds after first raising $150,000 in required matching funds from several local government and corporate sponsors. Through continued fund raising efforts, CMAQ awards, and by consolidating the resources of other groups that have, at least in part, a similar mission, the CAC 2001 budget has grown to $4.5 million. The CAC raises awareness of air-friendly commuting options and other actions; highlights the personal benefits that result from trying these alternatives; and helps quantify the improvements in traffic congestion and air quality that may subsequently occur as a result of these commuting alternatives. The Campaign currently focuses on carpooling, teleworking, using transit, combining errands and using technology. Efforts in this regard include: Media – Television commercials, public service announcements, radio ads and outdoor advertising Bill inserts – Georgia Power has placed information about ozone in their bills. It is a helpful, low cost method of educating the public about ozone. The inserts require a month or more of lead time. Speaker’s Bureau - This has been developed within the community and includes experts from the state agencies. The Clean Air Campaign provided a storyboard for visuals, a video, and a power point presentation with a speech script. In addition, there was a speaker’s training program for participants. Brochures Web page – www.cleanaircampaign.com Press kits and press information breakfasts Public relations campaign with the guidance of a public relations firm 7 Children’s Education - QCC based curriculum development program for grades 4th- 8th grades - Better Air Bear program for school and event programs Centralized telephone number and clearinghouse for air quality information 2. The EPD provides a daily ozone air quality forecast for the Atlanta area that is widely disseminated to the media, a website showing statewide current and recent past air quality with links to additional information (www.air.dnr.state.ga.us/amp/), and a statewide air quality hotline for further distributing current air quality readings and forecasts (404-362- 4909 and 1-800-427-9605). 3. The American Lung Association of Atlanta sponsored Clean Commute Day and then Clean Commute Week for a number of years. Clean Commute Day was the original program that worked to increase awareness about air pollution from mobile sources. 4. The Regional Business Coalition developed a Primer on air quality for their member organizations. They also provided a speakers bureau to reach out to the communities and encouraged member businesses to participate in the transportation demand management programs offered around the region. 5. Clean Cities – Atlanta is a coalition of federal, state and local agencies, public interest groups and public and private fleets who have joined together in a coordinated effort to promote the acquisition and use of Alternative Fueled Vehicles (AFVs) and to create a sustainable AFV market. The primary goals of the coalition are to improve air quality, increase energy security, and enhance economic development. This group has been responsible for: Over 3500 AFVs in Atlanta Facilitated the creation of AFV tags Spearheaded the effort to allow single occupant AFV’s in HOV lanes Public Education of over 5,000 people on the choices of AFV Hosted a national Car Sharing/Station Car conference VI. Funding and Resources Resources for air quality outreach and education are limited. Further, communities and organizations are often forced to compete with one another for these funds. Thus, as has been the case in Atlanta, partnering with other public and private enterprises and foundations and sharing of resources among them is often needed to reach goals. Appendix D summarizes several of the larger public programs to fund outreach and education. These include the US EPA, the Federal Highway Administration, the US Department of Energy, and the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority. 8 Appendix A Atlanta Area Transportation Management Associations Buckhead Area Transportation Management Association (BATMA) (404) 842-2680, http://www.batma.org BATMA is a pro-active partnership of private businesses, public agencies and residential and civic associations within the Buckhead community. BATMA fosters public-private partnerships to develop solutions for activity centers facing unique transportation challenges. Since its inception in 1997, BATMA's mission has been to work cooperatively to improve mobility, accessibility and air quality in the Buckhead community. BATMA offers a variety of transportation services that provide relief for commuters, residents and visitors traveling in and around Buckhead. Clifton Corridor TMA (404) 727-7638 The Clifton Corridor Transportation Management Association (CCTMA) serves employer members located within a three-mile radius from the intersection of Clifton Road and Haygood Drive in DeKalb County. Emory University, the largest employer in DeKalb County, leads CCTMA in developing and providing member services to the various hospitals and non-profit organizations in the surrounding area, including The Emory Clinic, American Cancer Society, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Wesley Woods Hospital (approximately 22,000 employees total). Services include: Ridematching assistance, carpool and vanpool incentives, MARTA discounts and subsidies, guaranteed ride home program, shuttle service, promotional/marketing assistance at the workplace and member representation and leveraging on local, state and federal levels. CobbRides (678) 354-0701, http://www.CobbRides.com CobbRides’ mission is to provide transportation demand management (TDM) services, information, and advocacy to manage congestion, improve access and travel, and maintain air quality throughout the Town Center area. CobbRides serves as an advocate for Town Center in addressing local- and regional-based transportation and air quality issues; assisting members in developing and implementing commuter assistance and alternative transportation options, including, but not limited to: ridesharing, guaranteed ride home, cycling, pedestrian, public transit and telecommuting. Cumberland Transportation Network (770) 859-2331, http://www.cobb-ctn.org The first TMA in Georgia, the Cumberland Transportation Network (CTN) works with the Cumberland/Galleria business community and governing bodies to reduce traffic congestion and improve business productivity. CTN assists with transportation initiatives like carpools, vanpools, transit, cycling and pedestrian mobility, as well as alternative work arrangements and developer site-design considerations, such as sidewalks, transit orientations and more. Incentives like Guaranteed Ride Home, vanpool subsidies, transit discounts (TransAdvantage) and contests encourage participation. Funded by the Cumberland Community Improvement District, CTN consistently wins awards for its innovation and leadership and has been recognized on a local, regional and national level. Perimeter Transportation Coalition (770) 350-1092, http://www.perimetergo.org The Perimeter Transportation Coalition’s (PTC) mission is to improve access to the Central Perimeter area for employees, residents and visitors by implementing and promoting transportation alternatives and improvements through a coordinated and comprehensive effort of public-private partners. The PTC will fulfill this mission by implementing strategic activities and services that meet four goals. These goals are, 1) Serve as a collective voice for the Central Perimeter area in addressing transportation issues, 2) Facilitate employee access to and around the area by implementing TDM strategies, 3) Increase the awareness of transportation issues and TMA activities and services, and 4) Provide for the effective administration of the TMA. Hartsfield Area Transportation Management Association 404-608-2770 The Hartsfield Area Transportation Management Association was officially formed as a subsidiary of the chamber of commerce in January 2000. The mission of the Hartsfield Area TMA is to facilitate the provision and use of transportation services and facilities in the Hartsfield Area that increase accessibility and mobility, reduce congestion and improve air quality, and promote economic development. Appendix B Telecommuting Resources Metro Atlanta Telecommuting Advisory Council 704 Beacon Cove Lawrenceville, GA 30043 770-831-6630, http://www.matac.org The Metro Atlanta Telecommuting Advisory Council, Inc. (MATAC) is an organization of employers, businesses and individuals with a common interest in the education, use, and promotion of telecommuting practices. MATAC promotes the common interest of telecommuting as a workplace alternative that, by replacing transportation with telecommunications, improves air quality, employee productivity, and quality of life in Georgia. InteleWorks, Inc 1029 Peachtree Pkwy. North #348 Peachtree City, GA 30269-4210 770-632-9996, 770-632-9994 (fax) firstname.lastname@example.org, http:// www.inteleworks.com Michael Dziak, President InteleWorks provides solutions-oriented training and consulting to help employers establish successful teleworking programs. In business since1991, the company’s professionals help clients develop a set of measurable objectives, gain internal acceptance, establish a policy and procedures, develop effective training for teleworkers and telemanagers, and maximize the long- term investment in telework. Star Valley Communications, Inc. 704 Beacon Cove Lawrenceville, GA 30043 770-831-9166 email@example.com, http://www.starvalleycom.com Dean Brown, President Star Valley Communications provides telecommunications consulting, project management and systems implementation services for enterprises with mobile and remote work groups. It specializes in the development, design and implementation of remote access, collaborative computing, Extended PBX, and unified messaging solutions. TManage, Inc. 7000 N. Mopac, Suite 350 Austin, Texas 78731 1-877-929-2967 http://www.tmanage.com Ray Ingersoll Account Manager TManage is the leading-edge provider of remote work style solutions, with the tools and processes to deploy and scale remote workforces. Tmanage enables organizations to confidently outsource telework programs, from mature efforts involving hundreds of full-time home workers to start-up programs aimed at increasing the connectivity and productivity of employees on the road. Using proven methodologies and cutting-edge remote access technologies, TManage helps companies and government agencies to manage all facets of an e-connected workforce. TManage's portfolio of capabilities and customized services include: consulting, program development, implementation, support and maintenance. Clayton College & State University 5900 North Lee Street Morrow, GA 30260 770-961-3548 http://www.clayton.edu Tom Merriwether CCSU offers telework program development and training courses for small and medium employers. In the Telework Program Certification ™ workshop, attendees obtain all the tools, knowledge and skills necessary to develop a Certified Teleworking Pilot Program for their organization. In the Teleworker Certification™ and TeleManager Certification™ courses, participants gain the knowledge and tools to become highly effective in the remote work environment. Clean Air Campaign - Employer Services 4244 International Parkway, Suite 136 Atlanta, GA 30354 404-675-6210, 404-362-2534 (fax) firstname.lastname@example.org, http:// www.ga-psg.org Jeane Borkenhagen, PSG Coordinator CAC Employer Services is a program that promotes simple and effective voluntary actions that employers and their employees can take to help reduce smog-causing emissions. When weather conditions are predicted to be right for the formation of high concentrations of ozone, a “Smog Alert” is issued so that CAC Employer Services Partners can choose efficient commute options such as telework. CAC Employer Services helps employers plan and implement employer commute option and air quality programs which help meet their needs, and at the same time help the environment. PricewaterhouseCoopers 3200 Windy Hill Road, Suite 900W Atlanta, GA 30339 770-352-9398, 770-352-9337 (fax) http://www.pwcglobal.com The PricewaterhouseCoopers Management Consulting Services Group provides the full life cycle of systems delivery services. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP is a recognized leader in the integration of change management and information technology. The largest professional services firm in the world, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP offers its clients the expertise of more than 155,000 professionals and staff worldwide. ExecutiveWorks 2870 Peachtree Rd. 296 Atlanta, GA 30305 404-254-8281 email@example.com, http://www.executiveworks.com Jay Elrod, VP Business Development It is commonly known that one of the primary reasons teleworking programs struggle or fail in many companies is that there is no easy way to manage teleworkers. And, until now, there have been no products or services available to easily do this...a vacuum existed in the marketplace. ExecutiveWorks has recognized this vacuum, and is positioned to take care of that problem. ExecutiveWorks’ purpose is to provide high-quality, low-cost, readily available, web-based products and services to clients worldwide, especially those in the teleworking sector. ExecutiveWorks "remote teleworker" product line includes tools designed to easily manage and communicate with teleworkers, hire individuals that are best suited to teleworking, and provide on-line training modules that train both the teleworker and the office worker. Atlanta Regional Commission 40 Courtland St., NE Atlanta, GA 30303 404-463-3100, 404-463-3105 (fax) firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.atlreg.com Laurette Toles, ARC Telework Coord. ARC established its telework program in 1997 to improve employee efficiency, expand recruiting opportunities, and to provide an additional way for staff to avoid driving to work, especially during Smog Alert days. ARC provides training for every staff person on teleworking. Staff then works with their supervisor to determine when they can telework, if appropriate. A “low-tech” teleworking program, ARC does not provide additional equipment for teleworking. Staff may use their own computers and other equipment, as well as return voice mails from home. Georgia Power Company 241 Ralph McGill Boulevard, Bin 10220 Atlanta, GA 30308-3374 404-506-7548, 404-506-1889 (fax) email@example.com, http://www.southernco.com/site/gapower Mike Klodnicki Georgia Power Company established Atlanta’s first known formalized program in 1992. The program, having received several local and national awards, is highly successful in reducing office space demands, maintaining business continuity during inclement weather, and improving customer service. Telecommuting is a key commute option in the company “SmartRide” program along with transit, ride-sharing and compressed work week. BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc. 2400 Century Parkway, Suite 600 Atlanta, GA 30345 404-249-0666 firstname.lastname@example.org Melissa Crook BellSouth is actively expanding formal teleworking Programs within BST and BellSouth Business. According to a recent survey of Atlanta BST employees, roughly 700 said they telecommute full time, and between 1500-2000 telecommute part time. BellSouth Business, Inc 2400 Century Parkway, Suite 600 Atlanta, GA 30345 404-249-0666 email@example.com Melissa Crook BBS is in the implementation phase using TeamTelework Connection’s services and has rolled out over 100 full-time teleworkers with more full-time and part-time to come. The program was started to reduce space demands in overcrowded office conditions. Appendix C General Information and Contacts STATE & FEDERAL GOVERNMENT The Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (404) 463-3000 http://www.grta.org GRTA’s mission is to provide the citizens of Georgia with transportation choices, improved air quality, and better land use in order to enhance their quality of life and promote growth that can be sustained by future generations. Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority (404) 656-5176 http://www.gefa.org As the State Energy Office, the GEFA Division of Energy Resources is the primary agency for energy programs, grants, and educational materials. Through a broad array of programs ranging from Home Energy Clinics for residential sector, the installation of weatherization materials in low-income homes, to assisting fleets to use clean alternative fuels, GEFA annually assists thousands of citizens throughout the state of Georgia. Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division, Air Protection Branch (404) 363-7000 http://www.state.ga.us/dnr/environ EPD’s mission is to assure compliance with environmental laws while assisting others to do their part for a better environment. Georgia Department of Transportation (404) 635-8000 http://www.dot.state.ga.us/ GDOT is responsible for the transportation system of Georgia. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 4, Air, Pesticides, & Toxics Management Division 404-562-9077 http://www.energystar.gov The US EPA implements and enforces federal air quality laws and oversees state efforts in air resource management. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Region 4, Georgia Division 404-562-3630 http://www.fhwa.dot.gov FHWA’s mission is to create the best transportation system in the world for the American people through proactive leadership, innovation, and excellence in service. The FHWA is a part of the Department of Transportation and is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with field offices located across the United States. FHWA manages the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Funds Program. This program can aid communities in improving the quality of the natural environment by reducing transportation-related pollution. The FHWA partners with States and MPOs to strengthen the links between transportation investments and communities by supporting and promoting increased transportation options and programs and projects to reduce environmental impacts. EDUCATION Atlanta Chapter of the American Lung Association (770) 434-5864 http://www.lungusa.org Clean Air Campaign of Georgia 1-800-CLEANAIR http://www.cleanaircampaign.com Regional Business Coalition (404) 233-3310 Pedestrians Educating Drivers on Safety (PEDS) 404-873-5667 http://www.peds.org FLEET INFORMATION Clean Cities Atlanta 404-524-4400 http://www.4cleanair.com Southern Coalition for Advanced Transportation (404) 385-0165 ENERGY EFFICIENCY US EPA Energy Star 1-800-Star-Yes http://www.energystar.gov Southface Energy Institute (404) 872-6677 http://southface.org Cleaner and Greener http://www.cleanerandgreener.org TRANSPORTATION Metro Van Pool 1-800-VAN-RIDE http://www.metrovanpoll.com Atlanta Bicycle Campaign (404) 881-1112 http://atlantabike.org INDUSTRIAL & MANUFACTURING OPERATIONS Georgia Office of Pollution Prevention and Assistance Program 1-800-685-2443 http://www.dnr.state.ga.us/dnr/p2ad/techasst/ Appendix D Resources and Programs A. The Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy programs The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) funds research, development, demonstration and deployment (RDD&D) of affordable, advanced energy technologies and practices. This effort is organized around five energy sectors: (1) buildings, (2) industry, (3) transportation, (4) power generation and delivery, and (5) Federal government facilities (which are incorporated into 31 programs). Copies of the National Energy Plan can be found on the web at http://www.energy.gov. For further information about EERE programs, see http://www.EREN.doe.gov. B. USEPA Commuter Choice Leadership Initiative The US EPA is rolling out the USEPA Commuter Choice Leadership Initiative across the nation. In so doing, they intend to sign up employers to be Commuter Choice Leadership Initiative Partners. The employer has to commit to a certain type of worksite commuter program along with bi-annual reporting. In return, the employer will get national publicity for its efforts. Employers who are signed on by August 1, 2001, will be recognized at the national ACT convention. USEPA is also conducting TDM training for employers. Where available, the USEPA works through the local providers. In other areas, the USEPA works with employers directly. Program parameters for employers that want to join: 1. Exceed a minimum level of employee participation (at least 14% of employees are not driving alone to work OR average vehicle ridership or average vehicle occupancy exceeds 1.12). 2. Designate a central point of contact. 3. Centralize commuter benefit information so it is easy for employees to find and use. 4. Promote the availability of commuter benefits to employees. 5. Provide the following commuter benefits: a) Access to Guaranteed Ride Home for employees who do not drive alone to work b) At least one of the following benefits: Transit or vanpool benefits Parking cash out Telecommuting Another option achieving demonstrable benefits and agreed to by Federal Team c) Three or more additional commuter benefits 6. Report program progress and success to EPA. Contact: Robin Snyder US EPA - Innovative Transportation Programs & Partnerships 1200 Pennsylvania Ave, NW (6406J) Washington, DC 20460 p: 202-564-1359 f: 202-565-2085 C. It All Adds Up to Cleaner Air This is a collaborative effort of the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Transportation and Air Quality (OTAQ), and DOT's Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Since 1991, these agencies have been working with state departments of transportation and metropolitan planning organizations to help them meet goals for reducing traffic congestion and improving air quality established by the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA 21) and the Clean Air Act. It All Adds Up to Cleaner Air is one program that was developed to assist with improving air quality. Although actual funds are no longer available, marketing materials have been made available to assist with local outreach programs and activities. The goal is to extend the breadth and depth of this national initiative to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality. http://www.epa.gov/oms/transp/traqpedo/italladd/iaauca.htm Program Contacts: Environmental Protection Agency Ms. Susan Bullard Director of Outreach and Communications Office of Mobile Services Waterside Mall 401 M Street, SW, Rm 6401 Washington, DC 20460 Phone: 202-260-2614 Fax: 202-260-6011 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Ms. Joann Jackson-Stephens, Environmental Protection Specialist (LEAD) Office of Mobile Sources 2000 Traverwood Drive Ann Arbor, MI 48105 Phone: 734-214-4276 Fax: 734-214-4052 E-mail: email@example.com Patrice Thornton, Environmental Protection Specialist Office of Mobile Sources 2000 Traverwood Drive Ann Arbor, MI 48105 Phone: 734-214-4329 Fax: 734-214-4052 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Department of Transportation Ms. Kathy Daniel, Air Quality Specialist (LEAD) Office of Planning and Environment Federal Highway Administration 400 7th Street, SW HENE, Room 3240 Washington, DC 20590 Phone: 202-366-6276 FAX 202-366-3409 E-mail: email@example.com Mr. Abbe Marner, Environmental Protection Specialist (LEAD) Office of Planning Federal Transit Administration 400 7th Street, SW, Room 9413 Washington, DC 20590 Phone: 202-366-4317 Fax: 202-493-2478 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Equals Three Communications Ms. Melinda Schnare (LEAD) Account Director 7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 200 Bethesda, MD 20814 Phone: 301-272-2428 Fax: 301-652-5264 E-mail: email@example.com D. EPA's Clean Air Transportation Communities grant competition $50,000 to 300,000 is available to each recipient in the form of cooperative agreements for pilot projects run by state, local, multi-state, and tribal agencies actively involved with transportation, air quality, and/or climate change efforts that will reduce transportation-related emissions and vehicle miles traveled at the local level. EPA is particularly interested in projects that incorporate at least one of the following: smart growth efforts that reduce transportation-related emissions, commuter choice, and cleaner vehicles/green fleets. This competition is an annual event. OTAQ will release an RFP for the 2002 competition on its website this winter. Copies of the RFP for this year's competition, can be accessed through the OTAQ Web Page at http://www.epa.gov/otaq. Click on "What's New," and scroll down to the February announcement of the competition. There are also notes from a series of four informational conference calls, which are posted in the April listings. Contact Mary Walsh (734) 214-4205 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Joann Jackson Stephens (734) 214-4276 or email@example.com E. Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement Funds The CMAQ Program’s primary purpose is to fund improvement projects that will assist nonattainment areas to reduce transportation emissions rather than maintain existing transportation networks. These funds cannot be used in areas that are not designated as nonattainment. Projects that receive CMAQ funds must go through an extensive review process involving the local Metropolitan Planning Agency, Federal Highway Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency. See http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/cmaqguid.htm. F. Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) GDOT works with community Metropolitan Planning Offices to address and review transportation plans. Currently planning funds are already available and being used. Communities can decide to use these funds to expand their pedestrian and bicycle programs as well as to develop plans that will incorporate alternative transportation measures. Contact: Marta Rosen, (404) 657-5226, firstname.lastname@example.org Cora Cook, (404) 657-6916, email@example.com G. Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority (GEFA) GEFA has limited funds available to help with publication directed towards energy efficiency and environmental education programs. GEFA also has some resources to assist with Clean Fleets programs. Any requests to GEFA have a better chance of being funded if applied for by June 30. Contact Julia Miller at (404) 656-7972. http://www.gefa.org.
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