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Climate Program

Metro is committed to reducing impacts from agency operations as well as contributing to a healthy and safe region, which is why the agency spearheads a number of initiatives to combat and prepare for climate change.

Metro's guiding document for the climate program is the Climate Action and Adaptation Plan, originally released in 2012. The 2019 CAAP outlines how Metro will reduce operational GHG emissions and protect our riders from climate impacts. Below are some of Metro's resources in the areas of mitigation and resiliency:

Mitigation

Climate change mitigation involves the reduction of GHG emissions. Metro has identified and is in the process of reducing key emissions sources through the following programs:

  • Zero Emissions Vehicles: Metro is moving its entire fleet, including buses and non-revenue vehicles, to zero emission vehicles as a way to reduce GHG emissions.
  • Decarbonized Energy Supply: Metro is working to ensure the fuel that powers our systems is carbon-free. The strategy to get us there is outlined in the agency's 2020 sustainability strategic plan, Moving Beyond Sustainability .

Resilience

The ability to provide core functions in the face of threats and recover quickly from major shocks or changing conditions. Metro integrates the concept of resilience throughout the Agency as an organizational priority by anticipating, countering, and managing the eventual (or unavoidable) risks associated with a changing climate. Metro has studied and implemented ways for the agency and region to prepare for a changing climate through the following initiatives:

  • Climate Vulnerability Assessment: This assessment evaluates potential system-wide risks to specific climate stressors including extreme heat, wind, storm surges and wildfires, providing a framework for the agency to assess climate-related impacts to assets across its network.
  • Resiliency Indicator Framework Report (2015): The indicators provide a mechanism to measure and prioritize the actions necessary to ensure that assets and networks are resilient in the face of a changing climate.
  • Creating a more resilient workforce: Metro is training employees and the greater community in the principles and concepts of environmental resilience.
  • Building Resilience Los Angeles (2016): A guidebook created in partnership between Metro and BRLA to help owners and operators of buildings integrate resilience into our daily lives.