Sustainability is about practices that make good business sense and good environmental sense. It is balancing the economic, social and environmental needs of a community. For the public transportation industry, this includes:
Employing practices in design and capital construction, such as using sustainable building materials, recycled materials, and solar and other renewable energy sources to make facilities as 'green' as possible.
Employing practices in operations and maintenance such as reducing hazardous waste, increasing fuel efficiency, creating more efficient lighting and using energy-efficient propulsion systems.
Employing community-based strategies to encourage land use and transit-oriented development designed that increase public transit ridership.
The above is from the American Public Transportation Association. Please check back for updated information on METRO's commitment and partner programs.