Environment & sustainability
Improving the environment and sustainability
By using transit, riders:
- Get a fast, reliable and affordable alternative to driving
- Help reduce air pollution and improve surface water quality
In 2009, Seattle public transit commuters saved:
- Time - more than 14 million hours (that's 44 extra hours a year) were wasted driving in traffic
- Gasoline - Nine million gallons of fuel
Sound Transit's commitment
- Carefully consider environmental impacts and protection when designing the transit system.
- Lessen the impacts of construction by providing mitigation for sensitive ecosystems.
- Keep the region clean and green by ensuring proactive compliance with all applicable environmental regulations and laws.
- Carry out our Sustainability Initiative.
- Implement our Environmental and Sustainability Management System (ESMS), which is certified to the rigorous international standard ISO 14001.
What is sustainability?
At Sound Transit, sustainability means making the planet a better place by creating and maintaining a healthy environment, community and economy.
Sustainability is categorized in three ways: people, planet and prosperity.
- Transit connects people and communities.
- Getting out of cars and into trains and buses significantly improves the planet's air and water quality.
- Transit provides access to jobs and helps build economic prosperity.
For more information on Sound Transit's Sustainability Initiative, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Director, Office of Environmental Affairs and Sustainability and Senior Legal Counsel
First quarter 2013 highlights:
Sound Transit incorporates sustainability into everything we do, from planning and designing our regional system, to building our capital projects and operating our trains and buses.
Check out our annual Sustainability Progress Report and 2013 Sustainability Targets for more information.
For public review
Sustainability Plan (pdf, 2.2 mb)
Environmental Policy (pdf, 850kb)