Formed in 1996 by government, business, civic, health, environmental and educational organizations, The Clean Air Campaign is one of 10 organizations in the metro Atlanta region implementing strategies that improve mobility, also known as transportation demand management (TDM). The Clean Air Campaign also administers and provides marketing support for regional incentive programs that encourage commuters to use commute alternatives such as carpooling, transit, vanpooling, teleworking, biking and walking.
The Clean Air Campaign receives 80 percent of its funding from U.S. Department of Transportation Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funds. However, the organization can only receive the federal grant money after 20 percent in matching funds have been raised. For this 20 percent, The Clean Air Campaign relies on sponsorships from corporations, state and local sources.
Commuter Rewards provides financial incentives to commuters who carpool, ride transit, vanpool, telework, bicycle or walk to work. Commuter Rewards includes three programs:
The One Ton Challenge is a regional effort to encourage commuters to use a commute alternative. By not driving alone just one day per week, each metro Atlanta commuter eliminates one ton of air pollution over the course of the year (average roundtrip commute distance in Atlanta (40 miles) x one pound of pollution emitted per mile driven x 52 times a year = 2,080 pounds or one ton). The challenge is designed to show that small actions make a ton of difference.
In 2004, The Clean Air Campaign introduced Better Air Schools, an innovative and comprehensive education outreach program that engages the entire school community. The program is offered to a select group of partner schools in the 20-county metro Atlanta region each year. Partner schools receive free materials, giveaways and creative strategies to address their specific issues. The comprehensive approach combines education with action-oriented projects that seek to reduce car rider traffic and provide everyone in the community with opportunities to be part of the solution - particularly empowering to students!