Port of San Diego Recognized for Alternative Transportation Initiatives with SANDAG iCommute Diamond Award

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mc icommute award 2017The Port of San Diego, a champion in environmental care and innovation, was recently recognized as a Gold Tier recipient of an iCommute Diamond Award for Excellence in Commute Programs for Fiscal Year 2017 by SANDAG.

“In accordance with the Port’s Climate Action Plan, we work hard to develop programs that encourage the safekeeping of the environment,” said Port Chairman Robert “Dukie” Valderrama. “This award recognizes our efforts and highlights the many effective initiatives and events our Green Team launched to encourage Port employees to opt for eco-friendly methods of transportation.”   

The iCommute Diamond Awards are given every year to employers in the San Diego Region that are acknowledged by SANDAG for their efforts toward establishing innovative commuter programs that encourage employee participation in alternative commute choices.

The Diamond Award program is based on a point system tied to employer engagement, Rideshare Challenge participation and shifts in employee transportation choices. Depending on the number of points earned, an agency can fall into one of the four tiers: Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum.  

The Port’s alternative transportation initiatives and employee engagement events were key factors that led to winning this award. Among these initiatives and events were:

  • Hosting a Bike to Work Day 2017 pit stop (May 18, 2017)
  • Promoting Bike to Work Day 2017
  • Participating in the iCommute Rideshare Corporate Challenge 2016
  • Completing an employee commuter survey to better understand employees’ transportation modes
  • Holding an alternative transportation informational booth at the District’s annual
  • Health and Sustainability Fair
  • Establishing an employee alternative transportation reimbursement program
  • Offering an alternative work week schedule

The Port was honored at SANDAG’s iCommute Diamond Award reception on Oct. 27, 2017 along with 66 San Diego organizations. In addition, the Port was included in a SANDAG press release, iCommute website listing, social media post and a newspaper advertisement.


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The Port of San Diego serves the people of California as a specially created district, balancing multiple uses on 34 miles along San Diego Bay spanning five cities. Collecting no tax dollars, the Port manages a diverse portfolio to generate revenues that support vital public services and amenities.

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