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‘Clean Air Champions’ honored

Bay City News
Thursday September 06, 2001

SAN FRANCISCO – An activist, a weather anchor, a teen-ager, a car fleet manager and an electric vehicle enthusiast were all honored Wednesday as Bay Area Air Quality Management District's 2001 Clean Air “champions.” 

The five Bay Area residents were honored with plaques and $300 gift certificates at the district's board meeting. 

This year's winners include Jami Caseber of Berkeley, who worked with the community advisory commission on the environment to develop a city ordinance designed to prevent air pollution from wood burning fireplaces. Also on the list is KPIX weather anchor Roberta Gonzales, who promotes clean air on air and is one of the few weather anchors who uses a regional Air Quality Index map on television, and Aaron Mihaly, 18, who works with environmental organizations in Marin County and organized Bike to School Day at his high school. In addition, San Francisco resident Elizabeth Sullivan was honored for starting the City CarShare program, and Mike Thompson was honored for promoting electric cars in San Jose. 

Members of the district board, the American Lung Association, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency selected the “Clean Air Champions.” 

Air District Executive Officer Ellen Garvey said, “Clean Air Champions are all exceptional individuals who are recognized because of their efforts to keep Bay area air