Go to any office ripe with 20 and 30 somethings and there’s bound to be a competitive but friendly nature when it comes to anything and Civilian is no different. Whether we’re battling for the fastest finish in our police training course, encouraging a lunchtime hot sauce eating contest or winning the office fantasy football league.
This intensity only heightens when the challenge lines up with one of our core values. Enter the prestigious Golden Bus Award given to the Civilian that rides public transportation the most over the course of a calendar year.
As a certified B Corporation focused on the common good, we are duty bound to monitor our impact on the environment and reduce our carbon footprint. So while we may have lots of impromptu challenges, the only actual trophy awarded by the agency is this trophy of a golden bus.
When it comes time to tabulate a winner and to put it lightly, less effort that goes into an election recount. Online accounts are foraged, receipts, including some that look homemade, are unwadded and our chief bean counters burn the midnight oil until a winner emerges. And it is with great honor that we announce this year’s winner- Joanna Gentillalli.
As transportation accounts for 29 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States and more than 76 percent of those emissions come from private vehicles, Joanna’s three to four times a week public transit commutes (on the North County Transit District Coaster and the #28 MTS bus line) benefits us all by removing the same amount of carbon from the atmosphere as 53 trees growing for 10 years. Thank you Joanna for your ongoing commitment to reducing your carbon footprint and good luck in your defense of this prestigious award.
If you’re in the neighborhood and would like to see the Golden Bus Award in all its majesty in person, expect lines akin to those waiting to catch a glimpse of the Mona Lisa and security second only to what’s in place to protect the Crown Jewels in London.