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Celebrating Earth Month 2020

April 22 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

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Every month is Earth Month here at Sound Transit, but April 2020 feels a bit different.  

While we’re all staying home to stop the spread of COVID-19, it has become even more clear how much we all value fresh air, clear skies and time spent outside – even if it’s just in our own neighborhoods and backyards. Surely you’ve also noticed the clearer views of the Cascades, Olympics and Rainier the past few weeks.

There are a lot of things we can do to help the earth, even after we all go back to our regular routines.

Providing clean alternatives to driving is one of the most important things we can do to help slow climate change.

Taking transit, even a couple days a week, helps reduce tho greenhouse gases that contribute to melting the glaciers at Mt. Rainier and changing the beautiful landscapes we’re lucky to call home.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. While the COVID-19 pandemic does not allow us to hold any in-person events, we still want to recognize this milestone and look toward the future.

Sound Transit is committed to providing those clean transportation options while minimizing environmental impacts as we expand the system to serve millions of riders. We have a Sustainability Plan to help guide this work, which sets long and short term goals.

Even though providing public transportation is the most impactful thing we’re doing for the environment, it’s not the only one:


  • We are a national leader in sustainability among transit agencies as a platinum member of the American Public Transit Association’s (APTA's) Sustainability Commitment (and one of its founding signatories). Our own Amy Shatzkin is the Vice Chair of the APTA Sustainability Committee.
  • Our Environmental and Sustainability Management System has been internationally certified for over 12 years now.
  • We love a good creative and green solution. Watch how we enlisted the help of some four-legged friends to clear a huge piece of land without burning a single gallon of fuel:
  • As part of our Lynnwood City Center Station LEED Silver certification efforts, we’re using a different type of cement that’s cleaner to produce than standard cement.
  • We have a bike program that sponsors many projects, from on-demand bike lockers to a buddy system for our employees who cycle to work.

How are you celebrating Earth Day? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @SoundTransit!

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