APTA Sustainability Commitment

APTA Sustainability Commitment2019-01-11T10:30:38-04:00

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
    5. Provide the transit industry with products and services that contribute to sustainability (for business members/non-operators)

​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 applying for and obtaining higher levels of recognition, which requires a demonstration of increasingly greater numbers of short- and long-term sustainability achievements and targeted improvements across key indicators. Levels of recognition start at Bronze and advance through Silver, Gold and finally Platinum.

  • The APTA Sustainability Commitment Signatories
  • Overview of the Sustainability Commitment for:
    • Transit Agencies
    • Business Members/Non-Operators​


How to Participate

Members can become signatories by completing and submitting a Co​mmitment 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 an appropriate application template:

  • Transit Agencies
    • Commitment Application Form
    • Higher-Level Recognition Application Template
  • Business Members/Non-Operators
    • Commitment Application Form​​
    • Higher-level Recognition Application Template

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:

  • Transit Emissions Quantifier Tool
  • User’s Guide​

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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