TransLink has become the first Canadian transit organization to achieve Platinum level status for sustainability from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).
Moving from our initial Gold status awarded in 2012, achieving Platinum places us at the top of transit organizations in Canada and one in four in North America!
APTA reviewed TransLink’s comprehensive program to improve the management of energy, air pollutants, water, waste and greenhouse gas emissions.
Many of the initiatives that improved TransLink’s sustainability record were at Coast Mountain Bus Company. Since 2010, 58 separate projects:
- reduced waste by nine per cent
- reduced water use by 10 per cent
- reduced green house gases by 17 per cent in its facilities (bus fleet alone has had a 17 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions!)
- reduced energy consumption by more than seven per cent
TransLink’s commitment to social well-being and long-time support of United Way also helped us achieve the Platinum level status.
In 2014, our employee-driven campaign raised $275,000 for United Way sponsored programs to help those in need across Metro Vancouver!
Author: Laura Tennant