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 APTA Sustainability Commitment

The APTA Sustainability Commitment recognizes members who commit to becoming more sustainable in their operations and practices. Through a series of core sustainability principles, the Commitment provides both agency and business members with a common framework that helps define, initiate, and advance sustainability in the public transportation industry. These principles include:

  1. Making sustainability a part of your organization’s strategic objectives
  2. Identifying a sustainability champion within the organization coupled with the proper human and/or financial resources and mandates​
  3. Establishing an employee outreach program that engages staff on:
    • ​how they can help realize the organization’s sustainability goals
    • the organization’s progress in meeting those goals
​​​​​      ​ 4. U​​ndertaking a sustainability inventory of your organization.

​There are no prerequisites for members to sign the commitment, and signatories can meet the core principles on their own timing and resource
availability.​ Member signatories provide brief annual updates on their intent to fulfill these principles. They receive further recognition by appling for and obtaining higher levels of recognition, which requires a demonstration of increasingly greater numbers of short- and long-term sustainabiilty achievements and targeted improvements across key indicators. Levels of recognition start at Bronze and advance through Silver, Gold and finally Platinum.

How to Participate

Members can become signatories by completing and submitting the Commitment Application Form and submit their annual updates using the following template (Excel). They can apply for higher recognition or report on their adherence by using one of the following appropriate templates (Excel):

Signatories may also indicate their interest in receiving higher levels of recognition by completing the recognition application form. Agencies looking to measure baseline and follow-up indicators may use the Transit Emissions Quantifier Tool to calculate their criteria air pollutant emissions, greenhouse gas emissions and greenhouse gas savings:

APTA members who have signed the Sustainability Commitment can access the Sustainability Commitment Forum to participate in discussion pertaining to implementation of the commitment.​​​​ 

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