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Indicators of Sustainable Building

Energy Efficient Buildings:
Metro has committed to build all new buildings over 10,000 square feet to LEED Silver standard or higher.

LEED Certification:
To date, eleven buildings have been certified to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver or higher including Metro

The following Metro facilities have achieved recognition as LEED silver or better:

Facility Certification Level Year / Status
Division 14 NC Gold 2017
Division 24 NC Silver 2016
Division 7 Campus EBOM Silver 2015
Division 10 Campus EBOM Silver 2014
Division 3 Maintenance Annex NC Gold 2010
Union Station Gateway EBOM Gold 2010
El Monte Station NC Gold 2009
Division 13 NC Gold 2009
Division 3 Maintenance Building NC Certified 2008
Division 9 Transportation Building NC Gold 2008
CMF Building 6 NC Gold 2007

The following projects are in the process of achieving LEED certification:

Facility Certification Level Year / Status
Location 64 NC Silver 2019 – under construction
Division 16 Southwest Yard NC TBD 2019 – under construction
Emergency Security Operations Center (ESOC) NC TBD In design
Airport Metro Connetor 96 th Street Station NC Silver In design
Willowbrook / Rosa Parks Station – Security hub NC TBD 2020 – under construction
Willowbrook / Rosa Parks Station – Bike hub NC TBD 2020 – under construction

Envision: Expo Line, Section II and Purple Line Extension, Section 1 are the first Metro projects to achieve Envision certification.  With the focus on planning and process from design stage through operations and maintenance, there is much in this system that helps Metro consider the best sustainability practices throughout the life of our projects. To learn more about Envision, take classes, offered here at Metro.

Site Remediation:
ECSD provides site remediation support for Metro owned properties including:

  • Groundwater Contamination/Remediation
  • Soil Remediation/Removal
  • Lead/Asbestos Analysis and Abatement

Green Construction Policy:
Metro is committed to using greener, less polluting construction equipment and vehicles, and will implement best practices to reduce harmful emissions in all construction projects performed on Metro properties and rights-of-way. Data collected through this program are reported to the Metro Board annually.

Contractor's Sustainability Plan Guidance Manual:
In 2018, ECSD created a new reference document to assist contractors in documenting how they are fulfilling their compliance obligations associated with CalGreen. The Sustainability Plan program also collects evidence to highlight  areas where contractors bringing the best innovative, sustainable practices to Metro projects.

Metro's Environmental Construction Awareness (MECA) Project:
In 2018, ECSD launched a new website of resources and information to assist SBE/DBE contractors in developing robust project proposals that meet environmental requirements and expectations.