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
Third quarter 2013 highlights:
Sound Transit achieved three of our 2013 Sustainability Targets:
- Performed energy audits at two facilities
- Completed a federal grant project to assess climate change impacts
- Established pilot projects for parking and system access strategies - for more information, see our parking pilot page.
For public review
Sustainability Plan (pdf, 2.2 mb)
Environmental Policy (pdf, 850kb)