BART SV Built with the Environment in Mind10/26/2017 1:08 PM |
VTA is committed to creating a greener Santa Clara Valley through its Sustainability Program. The Sustainability Program seeks to strengthen VTA’s commitment to the environment through the conservation of natural resources, the reduction of greenhouse gases, the prevention of pollution, and the use of renewable energy and materials.
VTA received the Gold-Level status in the Sustainability Commitment Program awarded by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). “Reaching Gold-Level status is a high honor and VTA is one of only 15 organizations in North America to have reached this level of recognition,” said APTA Acting President and CEO Richard A. White.
VTA’s BART Berryessa Extension has implemented numerous initiatives such as using LED lighting, installing solar panels at both stations, installing energy efficient escalators, utilizing scrap vehicle tires to reduce train vibrations, using native and drought-tolerant plants in the landscaping, installing water conserving fixtures, ensuring there is no increase in stormwater runoff, and recycling construction and demolition debris.
Check out specific projects at VTA’s Sustainability Program Interactive Storymap.