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Metro is Committed to Innovation
Research to enhance and protect the environment and education for Metro and the people within LA County. Metro continuously examines our systems and infrastructure in order to recover from disturbances, to tolerate or adapt to a changing climate.
Metro’s Energy Resiliency is focused on investing in infrastructure that reduces outage duration, cost and impact on critical services. Metro’s Energy Resilience vision is to continue implementing new technologies that increase system awareness and automation, allow for rapid islanding and hardening cyber-security against new threats.
Metro is reducing emissions, cleaning the air and improving urban areas across internal departments and in coordination with our contractors, local and state jurisdictions. This includes being the hub of information and resources on environmental sustainability so we can all have the tools to innovate.
Setting the Course
In February, 2016, the Metro Board passed Motion 57 , committing Metro to further goals to reduce emissions, clean the air and improve urban areas. This includes reporting efforts to conserve water , create green infrastructure , first and last mile connections to Metro’s transit system, and strategies to better deploy technology and promote Green jobs . Metro staff provided an update in October 2016 .
Metro is working with organizations like the American Society of Civil Engineers on sustainable infrastructure standards development, reinventing the engineering process, increasing capacity and policy / advocacy.
Upcycling Pilot (2020)
Metro is inviting manufacturing and design innovators to help us identify materials in our current waste stream that could be repurposed or upcycled as innovative, cost effective solutions that will help us reduce waste to landfill.
A Focus on Renewable Energy
Metro is on pace to surpass its goal of 33% renewable energy consumption by 2020. In 2018, 31% of Metro’s electricity came from renewable energy sources, including its own solar PV systems. These strategies actively reduce GHG emissions, 95% of which are derived from energy use.
Metro generates carbon credits through the use of low carbon transportation fuels such as electricity and renewable natural gas. Periodically, Metro conducts solicitations for the sale of these carbon credits.
Growing a Greener Workforce
Metro develops environmental and sustainability training for Metro employees and our community to deepen our knowledge about water and energy conservation, waste reduction and improving air quality through planning, building and operations decision making. GGW is training employees across a wide range of job classifications in over 80 departments and has reached over 340 community members, including Metro’s small business partners.