Sugar Land receives H-GAC’s Top Clean Air Award

Pictured (L-R) during a recent Sugar Land City Council recognition are Mayor James Thompson, H-GAC Air Quality Program Manager Shelley Whitworth and Director of Transportation & Long-Range Planning Patrick Walsh.

The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) recognized the city of Sugar Land with its “Best All-Around Clean Air Leadership” award for the City’s positive impact on air quality within the Houston region.

“This year, The Houston-Galveston Area Council has given the City of Sugar Land our 2012 Best All-Around Clean Air Leadership Award,” said H-GAC Director of Transportation Planning Alan Clark. “We are excited to recognize the City of Sugar Land’s continued efforts in supporting and promoting alternative commuting options which improve air quality and mobility in the region.”

The award is an acknowledgement of Sugar Land’s extensive efforts to improve air quality, primarily by promoting alternative ways of commuting. Examples of these efforts include:

• hosting Sugar Land’s first-ever Bike to Work Day on May 18;
• promoting Commute Solutions to Sugar Land’s businesses, including proclaiming August as “Commute Solutions Month” in Sugar Land and using a number of tools to inform the community;
• promoting Fort Bend County’s commuter transit services with a “Ride Free Month” offer;
• promoting commuting alternatives at quarterly homeowners’ association meetings;
• funding $70,000 annually to support Fort Bend County transit services;
• initiating an update to the City’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan; and
• conducting a holiday transit circulator pilot program during the 2011 holiday season.

Sugar Land continues to encourage residents and businesses to take advantage of local commuting alternatives.  Some of these alternatives follow:

• Residents may ride Fort Bend County’s transit services to Greenway Plaza, the Galleria and the Texas Medical Center from Sugar Land’s two park and ride locations.
• Sugar Land destinations are accessible from Houston via Fort Bend County’s “reverse commute” service out of the Texas Medical Center.
• Residents may shape the City’s future pedestrian and bicycle system by participating in an ongoing update to the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan.

For more information on Fort Bend County transit services or to participate in Sugar Land’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan update, visit www.sugarlandtx.gov/tlrp/.

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