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Port of San Diego Employees Make a Difference in Rideshare Corporate Challenge

Contact: Barbara Moreno (619) 686-6216 on .

port-aerialThe Port of San Diego is living up to its motto of being a "Green Port" by encouraging its employees to make sustainable choices in how they get to work.

The Port was named the winner in the third annual iCommute Rideshare 2012 Corporate Challenge, taking the top honor in the category of "Large Companies" (501 – 2,000 employees).

The iCommute Program is a regional effort, held during the month of October, and organized by San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). Its goal is to promote commuting alternatives to save San Diegans money and reduce congestion on the roads.

"We are a Green Port, and our employees reflect that philosophy," said Chairman of the Board of Port Commissioners Lou Smith. "They stepped up and found new ways to get to and from work, including carpooling, using mass transit, biking and walking."

Port employees logged their daily trips and transportation modes into the iCommute Trip Tracker.

envcommuteaward2By the end of the month, Port employees had saved 8,495 lbs of carbon dioxide emissions, 425 gallons of gasoline and $3,684.82 on their commute in one month, according to SANDAG. This equates to almost $85 saved per person.

"The Port's commitment to providing sustainable transportation choices for your employees is truly commendable," said Deborah Jones with the iCommute Marketing and Employer Program at SANDAG. "The Port has an outstanding green commuter program for which it has won a Diamond Awards in the past. We glad that so many of the Port's employees embraced the Rideshare 2012 challenge."

The Port of San Diego was one of 10 companies competing in the "Large Company" category, which included the City of San Diego, City of Chula Vista and Caltrans District 11.

The Port will be featured, along with the other top businesses from the iCommute Challenge, in an upcoming ad in the San Diego Business Journal the week of November 19.

SANDAG also presented the Port with a commemorative plaque.

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About the Port:

The Port of San Diego is the fourth largest of the 11 ports in California. It was created by the state legislature in 1962. Since then, it has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in public improvements in its five member cities – Chula Vista, CoronadoImperial BeachNational City, and San Diego.

The port oversees two maritime cargo terminals, two cruise ship terminals, 18 public parks, the Harbor Police Department and the leases of hundreds of tenant and sub tenant businesses around San Diego Bay.

The Port of San Diego is an economic engine, an environmental steward of San Diego Bay and the surrounding tidelands, and a provider of community services and public safety.