Sustainability is good for the planet and taxpayer dollars. Metro’s energy conservation, sustainable building practices, investment in renewable energy and recycling of all manner of material saves money, fossil fuels and precious resources.
- In FY2015, we completed an agency- wide rollout of the most comprehensive Environmental Management System (EMS) in the transit industry, a set of operational procedures designed to ensure compliance with federal, state and local environmental regulations, as well as to facilitate environmental stewardship at all Metro facilities.
- Metro’s EMS has been rated by an independent Columbia University study as the best certified transit EMS in the country. Initiatives and projects developed and implemented through the EMS have resulted in more than $2 million in annual cost savings, and the EMS has shifted the paradigm for how our frontline staff participates in and initiates environmental compliance efforts.
- More than 6,000 Metro employees have been trained to proactively minimize environmental liabilities. The Metro Environmental Training Institute has been cited by the National Transit Institute as a national model for environmental- related training content and delivery.
- Under our Energy Management and Renewable Energy program, we have installed more than two megawatts of solar panel installations at five facilities, with two more systems under construction.
- Our total fleet air pollutant emissions in 2014 were 55.6% lower as compared to 2011, and 70% lower as compared to 2008.
- Metro recently took delivery of five electric buses in our commitment to build a balanced transportation system.
- Our new Division 13 Bus Maintenance Facility is a prime example of beautiful and sustainable design. Division 13 is expected to earn a LEED- Gold ranking from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program, adding to our collection of eight LEED designated structures.