Public transportation is a cornerstone of community vitality, sustainability, and environmental stewardship. We uphold these qualities through our commitment to sustainable practices, leadership principles, and accessibility.
Sustainability is integral in our daily practices and long-term objectives to meet the transportation needs of the community.
Sustainability must consider people, planet, and prosperity. Read entire Sustainability Statement...
Agency Policy Supports Sustainability
Our Environmental and Sustainability Policy states that we commit to:
- Continual improvement;
- Complying with all environmental laws, regulations, and industry standards;
- Communicating our policy to employees and those who work on our behalf;
- Preventing pollution;
- Incorporating sustainable practices in all areas of our operation; and
- Maintaining an ISO Certified Environmental & Sustainability Management System (ESMS).
Managing and Measuring Sustainability Performance
APTA Sustainability Metrics: See how we are doing in our annual report.
We use an Environmental and Sustainability Management System (ESMS) to help us measure performance. ESMS is a set of management processes and procedures that allows us to prioritize, track, measure, and improve their environmental goals and objectives.
Our Environmental Priorities
2015 Goals and Targets
In 2015, we will focus on two primary goals: (1) improving fuel efficiency; and (2) tracking chemical inventory.
2014 Goals and Targets
In 2014, we focused on four aspects of our operations: (1) emergency preparedness ; (2) stormwater pollution prevention; (3) fuel efficiency improvement; and (4) chemical inventory reduction. Numbers 1 and 2 focused on employee training. Here's how we did on 3 and 4, fuel efficiency and chemical inventory:
ISO 14001 Certification Achieved
We achieved ISO 14001 certification in 2014. We are one of only a few U.S. transit systems to earn this prestigious certification, achieving a high international standard of environmental management and resource conservation.
Sustainability Awards Achieved
APTA Gold: The American Public Transportation Association awarded us the nation's first "Gold" signatory status for our commitment to sustainability in 2012. We share the 2012 award with Sound Transit. Read more...
Green Business: Thurston Chamber Green Business program awarded us top honors for our business practices in 2012 and 2014. We received green business designation each year since the program began in 2007.
Bicycle Friendly Business: In 2013 the League of American Bicyclists recognized us as one of the first transit systems in the U.S. designated as Bicycle Friendly Business.
Alternatively Fueled Vehicles
Hybrid Biodiesel-Electric: Currently, 33 percent of our fleet uses hybrid technology. Read more...
Biodiesel: We have fueled our buses with biodiesel since 2002. The fuel is a blend of 20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent ultra-low sulfur diesel. Read more...