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Resource Mgmt

ECSD has established a comprehensive measuring and reporting process for Metro’s environmental related efforts and activities. Since 2009, we have published an annual Sustainability Report with information on the agency’s sustainability progress.

Air Quality

  • Green Construction Policy: Adopted in August 2011 to reduce harmful emissions from construction equipment used in building transportation projects.
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Toxic Air Emissions Reduction: We are working with other Metro stakeholders to track GHG and toxic air emissions, develop and implement innovative technologies, and ensure equipment compliance with existing regulations while generating carbon credits for future carbon market transactions. We also work with Metro Corporate safety in ensuring air quality and hazardous materials emissions compliance for all Metro facilities and equipment.

Water

  • Efficiency Projects: Water saving activities reduce water consumption by 4.3 million gallons a year.
  • Divisions 9 & 18: Recycled water systems have been established through the installation of steam bays.
  • Division 3: A reclaimed water line was installed to channel reclaimed water back into the LADWP main water line.
  • Water Action Plan : Adopted by the Board in 2010 to analyze water use trends at Metro facilities and better understand the relationship between current practices, equipment and water use.
  • Drought Awareness Board Motion: Please see the Water Resources tab for water consumption infographics at our major facilities.

Energy

Alternative Energy

  • Renewable Energy Policy : Outlines a goal for the agency to use 13% more renewable energy than the baseline amount (20%) by 2020.
  • Solar Panel Installation: Metro has more than 2.1 MW solar power generation capabilities at our facilities, saving hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in electricity costs. The agency’s Services Support Center solar installation is the largest solar panel installation at a transit agency in the U.S.
  • Renewable Resource Exploration : We are committed to exploring emerging technologies such as Wayside Energy Storage Substations to capture braking energy from trains and wind turbines to capture wind energy for use in subway tunnels.
  • Lighting Retrofits : Metro has completed lighting retrofits for four divisions, and retrofitted the Red Line Tunnel with LED lighting fixtures.
  • Energy Conservation & Management Plan : Adopted by the Board in 2011 to guide energy use for Metro in a cost-effective and efficient manner.
  • Electric Vehicles Project : We are installing Electric Vehicle chargers at five of our park and ride lots across the County.

Waste

  • Desk Side Recycling: Implemented in 2009 to increase the agency’s recycling efforts. In 2011, 41% of solid waste was diverted to recycling.
  • Construction and Demolition Debris Recycling & Reuse Policy : Passed in 2007 and requires Metro to give preference to recyclable/recycled materials used in construction when feasible. Metro will only use landfills/recycling facilities that comply with federal, state and local regulations.
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