The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) recognized two of its member organizations for continued achievements in sustainability. Public transit agencies and businesses voluntarily choose to join the APTA Sustainability Commitment program and pledge to implement processes and actions that create continuous improvements in environmental, social, and economic sustainability. Based on specific measurable achievements, organizations are given Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze Level recognition.
In this round, Gold-level recognition was bestowed upon Keolis Commuter Services, LLC (Boston, MA) and Bronze-level recognition was awarded to Clever Devices (Woodbury, NY).
First started in 2009, 155 public transit agencies and businesses have signed on to the APTA Sustainability Commitment. Currently, 38 signatories have received recognition.
“Congratulations to these public transportation companies which are the latest to be recognized for leading the industry in sustainability advances,” said Paul P. Skoutelas, APTA President and CEO. “The commitment these organizations are making to sustainability establishes a foundation for future investment in new technologies and practices that will enable for a brighter future for generations to come. Their leadership in sustainability and the successful results of their actions serves as an inspiration to other organizations.”
Below are some examples of the sustainable accomplishments that this year’s recipients have achieved.
GOLD Level – Keolis Commuter Services, LLC – Boston, Massachusetts
Since July 2014, Keolis has operated the MBTA Commuter Rail, which is the fifth largest commuter rail in the United States and moves 127,000 passengers each day. In the fifth year of this partnership, Keolis has continued driving progress responsibly with the implementation of a strategic roadmap further advancing the organization toward sustainable operations and excellence in safety, operations, corporate social responsibility and other core components of the business. As part of this roadmap, Keolis is promoting greater environmental awareness to its 2,400 Boston-area employees and reducing the operational impact on the environment. They are the first commuter rail provider to achieve Gold-level status outside of AMTRAK.
BRONZE Level – Clever Devices – Woodbury, New York
A signatory to the Commitment since 2011, Clever Devices has earned Bronze recognition for their sustainability program, particularly in the areas of professional development, employee health and safety, corporate stewardship, and transit technology solutions, which have helped transit agencies to reduce emissions and fuel waste, avoid costly repairs, and retain and increase ridership.
The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 public and private sector organizations which represent a $71 billion industry that directly employs 430,000 people and supports millions of private sector jobs. APTA members are engaged in the areas of bus, paratransit, light rail, commuter rail, subways, waterborne services, and intercity and high-speed passenger rail. This includes: transit systems; planning, design, construction, and finance firms; product and service providers; academic institutions; transit associations and state departments of transportation. APTA is the only association in North America that represents all modes of public transportation. APTA members serve the public interest by providing safe, efficient and economical transit services and products.