Sustainability Today for a Better Tomorrow
Posted by: Lindsay Southerland • 04.22.19
For this reason, APTA believes that public transit is one of the most sustainable forms of transportation. It connects people by getting them to and from work which positively benefits the economy and riders. Public transportation also reduces domestic carbon emissions by 37 million metric tons each year—this is the same as removing nearly 8 million passenger vehicles off the road. At RTD, we adopt APTA’s definition of “sustainability” and strive to do even more to have a positive impact on the environment.
We reuse, recycle, reduce, and repurpose where we can in day-to-day operations and in construction activities. This was initially a goal for our FasTracks project, but we’ve expanded it to other areas of our organization. Some of our notable sustainability achievements include:
- Rehabilitating the existing buildings on the “711” property (treasury, call center, and future N Line operations facility) instead of demolishing and starting new
- Replacing the Free MallRide fleet with quieter, zero-emission buses
- Utilizing native plants and smart irrigation controllers for landscaping at park-n-rides
- Diverting 48% of construction waste and 99% of metals from landfills when developing the Commuter Rail Maintenance Facility
- Installing solar panels at the East Metro facility that have an ongoing rebate of more than $67,000
- Earning LEED Gold certification for the renovation of Union Station which included implementing energy measures that were 25% more efficient in the building’s thermal envelope prior to renovation
- Replacing lighting at park-n-rides with LEDs which use less energy and are more luminescent
- Making smart design and material choices for the Civic Center renovation which garnered over $27,000 in rebates and recognition by the Downtown Denver Partnership.