Bus

SEPTA releases annual sustainability report

Posted on January 24, 2013

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) released its Sustainability Annual Report, which details the agency's progress on its efforts to pursue a "triple bottom-line" strategy to become environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.

For SEPTA, 2013 marks the third year of a formalized Sustainability Program. In 2011, when the SEPTA Board adopted its first-ever Sustainability Plan, it introduced the concept of the triple bottom-line to the organization.

Last year, SEPTA put this comprehensive planning framework into action. What emerged were innovative strategies to capture wasted resources and put them back into productive use in a way that added environmental, social, and economic value. Untapped assets were discovered in a variety of forms:

•    Energy created by braking trains now being captured and reused at a power substation.

•    Landfilled waste now being recycled through a single-stream, source-separated recycling program.

•    Unused real estate now being cultivated into a self-sustaining urban farm.

The results of these efforts are shown in a number of areas. Four of 12 sustainability performance targets are already achieved each of the triple-bottom-line focuses. On the environmental end, SEPTA has seen more than 10% reductions in water and energy intensity. Work on the social goals has resulted in the hosting of four farmers markets on SEPTA property. Economically, sustainability efforts have helped control operating expenses.

"This report represents our appraisal of progress to-date, and goals for the year to come," said SEPTA GM Joseph M. Casey. "It also reinforces SEPTA's steadfast commitment to continual improvement, and ongoing effort to become a constructive force in regional sustainability."

SEPTA's Sustainability Program embraces continual improvement, and the notion that performance enhancements can only be sustained by constantly reevaluating progress over time. While funding challenges continue to constrain levels of capital investment, the results of the first two years of the Sustainability Program have demonstrated that opportunities still exist to advance projects that add value to SEPTA and its region.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

TransPro’s Mark Aesch to Deliver Keynote Address at BusCon 2015

The session, sponsored by Q’Straint, will surely inspire participants as Aesch will bring to life stories from lessons learned during his many years as a transit management leader and innovator.

Port Authority to realign gates at NYC bus terminal

The changes are aimed at improving bus operations and reducing congestion in the terminal that can stretch back out into the inbound Lincoln Tunnel and beyond.

Mich. BRT plan on track, set for possible 2018 launch

The 8.3-mile route, with a proposed 27 stops, would replace the Capital Area Transportation Authority’s current Route 1 from downtown Lansing to the Meridian Mall. Results from the plan’s environmental assessment study are expected to be shared at a public hearing this fall.

Kiel Seats part of largest refurbished electric fleet in North America

Left on purpose without upholstery option, each double seat weighs only 45 lbs. yet provides an optimum of comfort for riders through its ergonomically formed design. The slim contour of the seat’s back offers a maximum of legroom for passengers and enhanced accessibility getting in and out of the seat.

NJ TRANSIT to add 772 MCI Commuter Coaches

The latest equipment purchase in a 33-year relationship, the $395 million order for clean diesel, cruiser-style coaches will offer NJ TRANSIT riders three-point seatbelts and comfortable forward-facing seating for 57 passengers.

 

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The resource for managers of class 1-7 truck Fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close