Growing Greener:
Making the Right Choices

"A sustainable business is resource efficient, respects the environment and is a good neighbor.” 
                                                   -- Phil Harding

Being green is all about making choices – recycling, using a water bottle, taking our own bags to the grocery store. One of the best choices for our environment is going Metro; in fact, one person riding Metro to work for a year instead of driving prevents nearly 5,000 pounds of harmful pollutants from entering our air, helps to reduce greenhouse gases and conserves dwindling fossil fuels.

As a business, Metro has made the choice to preserve our environment by maintaining a dynamic sustainability program that is quickly earning national attention. See our Environmental Policy to learn more. 

Here are just a few of the ways Metro is making sustainability a way of life:

Taking the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) Sustainability Commitment

- Initiating solid waste and energy audits 
- Using grant funding to buy a cardboard baler that reduces pick-up costs while generating income from used cardboard sales
- Establishing an extensive recycling program that has diverted more than 47,000 pounds of waste from the landfill in just eight months 
- Upgrading fluorescent lights to LED
- Telling new employees Metro’s sustainability story at orientation 

- Creating “The Recycler”,  a monthly employee sustainability e-newsletter 
- Engaging employees at quarterly sustainability outreach and educational events
Forming a green team representing Metro’s diverse workforce

Federal Transportation Administration’s (FTA) Environmental & Sustainability Management System (ESMS) Training

is a collection of best practices based on industry standards that give organizations the tools to analyze, control and reduce its environmental impact and operate with greater efficiency and control.  Elements of the program include:

  • Identifying environmental risks  and consequences
  • Creating programs to reduce risks related to threats
  • Developing goals and objectives
  • Classifying compliance obligations
  • Ensuring employee awareness
  • Measuring progress
  • Making improvements


Forming a Sustainability Steering Committee

Metro’s Sustainability Steering Committee directs environmental policy, recommends changes to processes and procedures to increase efficiency and helps to promote a green workplace for all. Members come from all areas within Metro.

For more information, contact:
Kim Lahman, Outreach and Sustainability Manager

Receiving recognition among our peers

Received APTA’s Bronze level recognition as well as Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District’s “Recycling at Work” 2016 annual award.