MONTREAL, June 16, 2014 /CNW/ - Today the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) awarded Société de transport de Montréal (STM) with an official certificate for earning Gold-level recognition in the APTA Sustainability Commitment program. Chair Phillipe Schnobb and CEO Carl Desrosiers received the award for STM's sustainability commitment which resulted in decreasing air pollutant emissions per produced seat mile (PSM) by 43 percent from 2006-2012. In addition, STM achieved a 17 percent reduction in electricity use and a 7 percent reduction in fuel use per PSM over this period.
"The STM has made sustainable development a priority through its strategic plan and this has led to impressive improvements in resource use and energy efficiency," said APTA President and CEO Michael Melaniphy. "STM has achieved this high level of recognition for their program which continues a commitment to clean fuel vehicles and sustainable construction practices."
Among STM's signature policies are an initiative to pursue LEED certification for all new buildings, as well as a policy to reduce emissions by purchasing only electric vehicles by 2025.
Launched in 2009, the APTA Sustainability Commitment program recognizes and encourages public transit agencies and businesses to make a voluntary commitment to putting processes and actions into place which allow for continuous improvement on environmental, social, and economic sustainability.
The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is a nonprofit international association of 1,500 public and private sector organizations, 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. More than 90 percent of the people using public transportation in the United States and Canada ride APTA member systems.
SOURCE: American Public Transportation Association (APTA)
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