Air Quality Stewardship Awards

AACOG’s Air Quality Stewardship Awards annually recognize businesses, agencies, schools, and other organizations that have made significant voluntary efforts to reduce air pollution.  The theme for the 2018 award is "air quality improvement through transportation alternatives."  Any organization with a physical presence within San Antonio or one of its eight surrounding counties* that has helped to improve air quality in at least one of the following categories is eligible for this award: 

Commuter Assistance

Examples: Offering programs or incentives that encourage employees to use mass transit and/or carpools (such as bus pass reimbursements or premium parking for carpoolers), allowing employees to work alternative schedules (off traffic-peak) or telecommute to reduce traffic congestion, providing commuter tax benefits, installing bike racks, installing an electric vehicle charging station, establishing a Walking School Bus program (for schools).

Fleet Management

Examples: Utilizing electric or alternative-fuel vehicles and hybrids, establishing idle-reduction policies for delivery trucks/vans, establishing ozone-sensitive fueling policies (such as refueling only during evenings).

Air Quality Education

Examples: Participating in the region’s Ozone Action Alert program by forwarding alerts to employees with recommendations for measures they can take to reduce pollution on ozone action days, distributing information or hosting an informational presentation or forum on air quality or commuting alternatives.

Nomination and Award Process

Nominations for the 2018 Air Quality Stewardship Awards were accepted by AACOG's Commute Solutions program through November 30, 2017. The Commute Solutions program then contacted nominated organizations to request additional information. That information was evaluated by a review commitee called together by the Commute Solutions Program.  That program's recommendations were presented to AACOG’s Air Improvement Resources (AIR) Executive Committee at their March 28, 2018 meeting.  Awards will be presented during the San Antonio Earth Day celebration on April 21, 2018, at Woodlawn Lake Park in San Antonio, at 12:15 p.m. For more information, please contact Annette Prosterman at (210) 362-5213 or  

Recent Air Quality Stewardship Awards Recipients

2017- Alamo Heights Independent School District, City of Leon Valley, Patrick Heath Public Library, Resolute Health Hospital, YMCA of Greater San Antonio
2016 - DoSeum, A-AAA Key Mini Storage Solar (project of Brundage Management Company), ECHO Data Center (project of CPS Energy), RideShare and vCommuter Center Program (project of Joint Base San Antonio), University Hospital Sky Tower(project of University Health System), and VIA VILLA: Centro Plaza (project of VIA Metropolitan Transit).
2015 – San Antonio Missions National Park, Eco Centro (project of San Antonio College), Skymine (project of Skyonic and Zachry Corporations)
2014 – Bexar County, CEMEX Balcones Cement Plant, and Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy
2013 – Lake|Flato Architects
2012 – City of Leon Valley, Eagle Veterinary Hospital, HOLT Cat
2011 – Build San Antonio Green, Clothesline Cleaners, Corbo Electric, Episcopal Church of Reconciliation, USAA

* Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina, and Wilson Counties.