MONTEREY COUNTY – Ariana Green, Senior Transportation Planner, for the Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC) has been selected as the transportation “Young Professional of the Year” by the American Public Works Association (APWA). This award honors staff from a public agency, consulting firm, construction company or individuals who make contributions to the local public works community. It recognizes and encourages young professionals who have demonstrated an initial commitment to the profession and show potential for future growth.
Ms. Green work has focused on creating public works plans, projects and programs to improve safety and increase access for pedestrians, bicyclists and bus riders. In her twelve-year career, she has been a force for innovation and creativity, showing how the future of public works in transportation is more than just paving and levels of service.
Ariana is the manager for the Measure X Safe Routes to Schools program. This multi-million-dollar program is currently focused on completing a safety audit and creating capital improvement plan for each of the 15 schools in Seaside and Marina to create safer active transportation access, and reduce traffic, at each school. Her expertise in writing grants has resulted in new funding for the program, including a new $954,000 grant to create Safe Routes to Schools plans for all 44 schools in the City of Salinas.
As part of the Safe Routes to Schools program, Ariana worked with a team to create “pop-up” temporary demonstrations of bike lanes, bulb-outs and enhanced crosswalks to help neighbors experience the benefits of a project before it is permanently installed. She also worked with the Monterey Youth Museum and Cal State Monterey Bay to create an interactive MyTown exhibit at the CSUMB Salinas Center to help teach young children safe transportation behaviors.
Ms. Green is also the TAMC ambassador for promoting to adults the health and wellness benefits of driving less. As the manager for the Go831 Program, Ariana and her team have reached out to major employers to conduct surveys and create a customized action plan to make it easier for employees to carpool, vanpool, or take transit.
Ms. Green received her award at APWA Monterey Bay Chapter Annual Awards Recognition Ceremony on Wednesday.
“The Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC) is responsible for investing in regional transportation projects for Monterey County residents, businesses and visitors. The mission of TAMC is to develop and maintain a multimodal transportation system that enhances mobility, safety, access, environment quality and economic activities in Monterey County. For more information visit www.tamcmonterey.org or call 831.775.0903.”
The American Public Works Association (APWA) serves professionals in all aspects of public works, who plan, build, maintain, and improve our communities. With a worldwide membership over 28,500 strong, APWA includes not only personnel from local, county, state/province, and federal agencies, but also private sector personnel who supply products and services to those professionals. www.monyrtry.apwa.net
Photo: Debbie Hale, Executive Director, TAMC; Ariana Green, Senior Planner, TAMC; Brian McMinn, President, APWA, Monterey Bay Chapter