What is Sustainability?

Sustainability, preserving the environment, being socially responsible and maintaining economic vitality, with an overall contribution to quality of life, is integral to what we do and what we provide as the public transportation industry. At its core, it’s about practices that make good business sense and good environmental sense.


Encouraging employee professional development, health, safety, and corporate stewardship and promoting community-based strategies for land use and transit-oriented development design


Employing practices in design and capital construction, such as using sustainable building materials, recycled materials, and renewable energy sources to make facilities as ‘green’ as possible.


Employing practices in operations and maintenance such as reducing hazardous waste, increasing fuel efficiency, creating more efficient lighting and using energy-efficient propulsion systems.

How Does APTA Support Sustainability?

Sustainability Commitment Program

The APTA Sustainability Commitment recognizes members who commit to becoming more sustainable in their operations and practices.

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Recommended Practices and Related Documents

View the collection of recommended practices and related documents developed by the APTA Sustainability and Urban Design Standards working groups.

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Annual Workshop

APTA’s Sustainability/Operations Planning and Scheduling Workshop features cutting-edge speakers and breakout groups presenting projects, policies, and practices to advance public transportation’s role in sustainability.

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Sustainability Committee

Connect with other professionals in the industry through APTA’s Sustainability Committee.

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