San Francisco architecture studio wins Great Race for Clean Air award

HDR’s San Francisco architecture studio has won the employee participation, small organization category in the Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s Great Race for Clean Air competition. The competition challenges Bay Area companies’ employees to reduce the most CO2 by carpooling, van-pooling, biking, walking or riding transit to work instead of driving alone.

During the fall of 2015, 526 employees from 47 companies logged their daily air-friendly commutes, and winners were chosen in three categories: highest CO2 savings, highest percentage of “clean commute days” logged, and highest percentage of employee participation. HDR’s San Francisco office won the latter category with a 35 percent participation rate. It will be awarded with a Great Race for Clean Air trophy on Feb. 23 on the heels of its designation as a Green Business of the City and County of San Francisco.

The 2015 Great Race for Clean Air was sponsored by the Air District in partnership with 511 Rideshare, 511 Contra Costa,, the San Francisco Department of the Environment and Solano-Napa Commuter Information.

“We’re excited to be recognized among the best San Francisco Bay area commuters,” says Michael Orr, managing principal of HDR’s San Francisco architecture studio. “Our staff saved 14,740 pounds of CO2, which is equivalent to an average home’s approximate electricity usage for one year, 15.3 barrels of oil consumption, and 168 tree seedlings grown for 10 years.”