Introducing the GoSaMo Achievement Awards
April 16, 2019
by Puja Thomas-Patel
The City of Santa Monica and the GoSaMo Transportation Management Organization (TMO) are putting the finishing touches on presenting the inaugural GoSaMo Achievement Awards. The Awards are a recognition of businesses with outstanding sustainable commuting programs as well as those that are making consistent improvements in their programs. Recipients will fall in one of three categories: Silver, Gold, or Platinum.
As part of the City’s Transportation Demand Management (TDM) ordinance, all employers with 30 or more employees must work to reduce the number of people driving alone to work by promoting sustainable transportation options like bus, train, carpool, vanpool, bike, walk and telework. This is no easy task and the City is proud to recognize those putting in the work to help clear our streets and air of pollution and congestion.
Awards are earned through a transparent points system. There are no applications or nominations. If a business earns enough points in a year they automatically qualify for an award and earning more points earns a higher tier award. Employers earn points by improving their Average Vehicle Ridership (AVR), working with the GoSaMo TMO and by accomplishing certain actions.
What can you expect as we get closer to the award ceremony and lunch? Look for the announcement of 2017-2018 winners in the Santa Monica Daily Press on Wednesday, April 24. Recipients will have continued recognition through various channels in Santa Monica, including from City Council.
If you are a Santa Monica employer interested in receiving a GoSaMo Achievement Award, you have until June 30, 2019 to earn points for the 2018-2019 year. See the points chart and begin earning point towards the employer recognition program.
The GoSaMo TMO works to reduce drive-alone trips by promoting the increased use of sustainable travel options. The TMO hosts quarterly events on different transportation issues in Santa Monica. To join us at a future event and keep track of everything the TMO is up to, visit GoSaMo.org/TMO to sign up for the monthly newsletter and follow our twitter account (@AskGoSaMo).