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Sustainability Performance Dashboard

Overview

While we plan, grow and manage the fastest-growing transportation system in the nation, sustainability remains at the forefront of our decision-making. Our definition of sustainability is holistic - accounting for environmental, social and economic considerations, while also prioritizing community resilience and equity. Our Moving Beyond Sustainability (MBS) strategic plan is the manifestation of our commitment to sustainability, outlining a comprehensive sustainability strategy for the next 10 years - and beyond.

This dashboard communicates progress on measurable targets and timebound performance metrics across the seven overarching categories of MBS. Per the plan, we have committed to formally reporting out our progress on the targets, strategies and actions laid out in MBS every two years.

The dashboard also communicates annual performance on a set of industry-standard sustainability metrics required under the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Sustainability Commitment. As a founding signatory, we report annually on normalized performance metrics covering the areas of operational efficiency, air quality, climate, energy, waste and water. The 2022 APTA Sustainability Performance Report can be viewed here.

Sustainability reporting provides crucial data to inform our decision-making, helping us identify opportunities to implement meaningful programs and projects that increase access to opportunity, reduce disparities, foster vibrant communities, improve public health, drive economic development and improve the quality of life for all. This year marks the 14th year of Metro's annual sustainability reporting, and this Sustainability Performance dashboard serves as an update to over a decade of reporting through Metro's Energy and Resource Reports. This data-forward, highly adaptive and responsive reporting environment provides our patrons, stakeholders and the general public with a clear, interactive and accessible view of our performance and progress.

We invite you to explore this dashboard and to join us as we work to build a more sustainable, resilient and prosperous LA County. For best user experience, please view dashboard in full screen mode.

Message from Cris B. Liban,
Metro Sustainability Officer

Cris B. Liban, Metro Sustainability Officer

The world has changed since Metro first released our Moving Beyond Sustainability (MBS) strategic plan in 2020. Overlapping climate, public health, social, and economic reckonings, in parallel with the COVID-19 pandemic, have further revealed the critical role transportation plays in building an equitable, prosperous Los Angeles. Metro remains committed to championing strategic transportation investments and facilitating regional collaboration towards an equitable, resilient and sustainable future.

We are proud of the sustainability improvements we have made in the past two years. We have reduced our Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) emissions by 54% from 2018 and reduced potable water use by 40.9% from the 2022 business-as-usual scenario. We have initiated 4 additional Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifications across new facilities and engaged 19 organizations through targeted outreach efforts for our economic and workforce development programs. Most importantly, we have deepened our regional collaboration efforts throughout greater Los Angeles, leveraging shared knowledge and resources to advance problem solving.

Working together through this regional perspective can accelerate change and deliver the solutions we need to fight climate change, ensure the resilience of our transit services, and advance equity across the Southern California region. We are proud to lead innovative coordination efforts with the Federal and State governments and especially across peer agencies, partner jurisdictions, and community members to achieve this vision.

We believe a sustainable transportation system is a gateway to not only enhancing mobility, but reducing environmental impacts, improving economic conditions for all, and reinforcing an increasingly resilient Los Angeles. We hope you continue to join us in making our region a better place to live, work, and play for current and future generations of Angelinos.

How to Navigate This Section

  • MBS performance is broken out into seven category pages covering target performance and program highlights. These pages can be accessed through the navigation menu at the top of each page by clicking on the "hamburger" stack underneath the Metro logo.
  • Program Highlights on the left-hand side of category pages feature multiple story narratives. You can sift through the highlights by clicking on the numerical buttons just above the narratives.
  • Target Performance is available on the right-hand side, providing both narrative description and visual accompaniments (e.g., graphs, diagrams). Each target is contained within an accordion-like section that can be expanded by clicking on the arrows adjacent to targets.

Moving Beyond Sustainability (MBS)
2022 Performance Summary

MBS Category Target Performance
Water Quality and Conservation
  1. 1. Reduce potable water use by 22% from the 2030 Business as Usual scenario.
    40.9% Reduction from 2022 BAU
  2. 2. Increase runoff infiltration and capture capacity for stormwater by 15% from 2022 baseline levels.1
    2022 Baseline = 36.0 Ac-ft per Year
Solid Waste
  1. 1. Reduce annual operational solid waste disposal 24% from 2030 Business as Usual scenario.
    14.8% Reduction from 2022 BAU
  2. 2. Achieve 50% landfill diversion rate for operational waste.
    43.6% Diversion from Landfill
  3. 3. Achieve 85% construction landfill diversion rate.
    67.6% Diversion from Landfill
Materials, Construction and Operations
  1. 1. Achieve LEED Silver certification for all new facilities over 10,000 square feet, and achieve Envision certification where LEED is not applicable.
    13 LEED Silver and Gold certifications achieved and 8 in progress as of 2022
  2. 2. Design and build 100% of capital projects to CALGreen Tier 2 standards.
    14 projects participating in Engagement Team process in pursuit of CALGreen Tier 2 (No Change)
  3. 3. Complete Sustainable Acquisition Program training / implementation and develop 2030 program targets for annual sustainable acquisition spend by 2022.
    Agency-wide roll-out in development for 2024
Energy Resource Management
  1. 1. Reduce energy consumption by 17% at facilities from the 2030 Business as Usual scenario.
    5.1% Reduction from 2022 BAU
  2. 2. Increase onsite renewable energy generation to 7.5 MW
    2.6 MW Onsite Renewable Capacity (No Change)
Emissions and Pollution Control
  1. 1. Displace 903,000 MTCO2e annually.
    468,135 MTCO2e Displaced
  2. 2. Reduce total GHG emissions by 79% from 2017 baseline.
    63.3% Reduction from 2017 Baseline
  3. 3. Reduce total nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions 54% from 2018 baseline.
    89.1% Reduction from 2018 Baseline
  4. 4. Reduce total particulate matter (PM) emissions 62% from 2018 baseline.
    75.5% Reduction from 2018 Baseline
Resilience and Climate Adaptation
  1. 1. Identify all acute shocks or stressors for critical and/or vulnerable areas at or near Metro infrastructure by 2025.
    1,341 assets evaluated for risk level across 6 types of climate hazards
  2. 2. Implement the flexible adaptation pathways concept to incorporate climate adaptation into planning, procurement, asset management and operations by 2025.
    48 department representatives engaged in All Hazard Mitigation planning and adaptation implementation
  3. 3. Prioritize improvements to locations, facilities, infrastructure, equipment and operations to reduce risk.
    53% of evaluated stations received increased appearance scores and 51% received increased functionality scores in Q4 2022
Economic and Workforce Development
  1. 1. Review job classifications on a regular basis and eliminate obsolete requirements that create barriers to career advancement.
    86% of Job Classifications reviewed, 14% pending review
  2. 2. Recruit employees from diverse sources, including vocational schools, community colleges, groups supporting formerly incarcerated persons and organizations supporting persons with disabilities and older adults.
    Increased veteran hires by 37.5% in 2022
  3. 3. Achieve triennial DEOD contracting goals related to small, disadvantaged and veteran-owned businesses.
    14.9% SBE Participation achieved in 2022

    8.4% DBE Participation achieved in 2022

    0.9% DVBE Participation achieved in 2022
Notes:

1Due to COVID, establishing this baseline was delayed from 2020 to 2022.

Overview

While we plan, grow and manage the fastest-growing transportation system in the nation, sustainability remains at the forefront of our decision-making. Our definition of sustainability is holistic - accounting for environmental, social and economic considerations, while also prioritizing community resilience and equity. Our Moving Beyond Sustainability (MBS) strategic plan is the manifestation of our commitment to sustainability, outlining a comprehensive sustainability strategy for the next 10 years - and beyond.

This dashboard communicates progress on measurable targets and timebound performance metrics across the seven overarching categories of MBS. Per the plan, we have committed to formally reporting out our progress on the targets, strategies and actions laid out in MBS every two years.

The dashboard also communicates annual performance on a set of industry-standard sustainability metrics required under the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Sustainability Commitment. As a founding signatory, we report annually on normalized performance metrics covering the areas of operational efficiency, air quality, climate, energy, waste and water. The 2022 APTA Sustainability Performance Report can be viewed here.

Sustainability reporting provides crucial data to inform our decision-making, helping us identify opportunities to implement meaningful programs and projects that increase access to opportunity, reduce disparities, foster vibrant communities, improve public health, drive economic development and improve the quality of life for all. This year marks the 14th year of Metro's annual sustainability reporting, and this Sustainability Performance dashboard serves as an update to over a decade of reporting through Metro's Energy and Resource Reports. This data-forward, highly adaptive and responsive reporting environment provides our patrons, stakeholders and the general public with a clear, interactive and accessible view of our performance and progress.

We invite you to explore this dashboard and to join us as we work to build a more sustainable, resilient and prosperous LA County. For best user experience, please view dashboard in full screen mode.

Message from Cris B. Liban,
Metro Sustainability Officer

Cris B. Liban, Metro Sustainability Officer

The world has changed since Metro first released our Moving Beyond Sustainability (MBS) strategic plan in 2020. Overlapping climate, public health, social, and economic reckonings, in parallel with the COVID-19 pandemic, have further revealed the critical role transportation plays in building an equitable, prosperous Los Angeles. Metro remains committed to championing strategic transportation investments and facilitating regional collaboration towards an equitable, resilient and sustainable future.

We are proud of the sustainability improvements we have made in the past two years. We have reduced our Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) emissions by 54% from 2018 and reduced potable water use by 40.9% from the 2022 business-as-usual scenario. We have initiated 4 additional Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifications across new facilities and engaged 19 organizations through targeted outreach efforts for our economic and workforce development programs. Most importantly, we have deepened our regional collaboration efforts throughout greater Los Angeles, leveraging shared knowledge and resources to advance problem solving.

Working together through this regional perspective can accelerate change and deliver the solutions we need to fight climate change, ensure the resilience of our transit services, and advance equity across the Southern California region. We are proud to lead innovative coordination efforts with the Federal and State governments and especially across peer agencies, partner jurisdictions, and community members to achieve this vision.

We believe a sustainable transportation system is a gateway to not only enhancing mobility, but reducing environmental impacts, improving economic conditions for all, and reinforcing an increasingly resilient Los Angeles. We hope you continue to join us in making our region a better place to live, work, and play for current and future generations of Angelinos.

Moving Beyond Sustainability (MBS)
2020 Performance Summary

MBS Category Target Performance
Water Quality and Conservation
  1. 1. Reduce potable water use by 22% from the 2030 Business as Usual scenario.
    40.9% Reduction from 2022 BAU
  2. 2. Increase runoff infiltration and capture capacity for stormwater by 15% from 2022 baseline levels.1
    2022 Baseline = 36.0 Ac-ft per Year
Solid Waste
  1. 1. Reduce annual operational solid waste disposal 24% from 2030 Business as Usual scenario.
    14.8% Reduction from 2022 BAU
  2. 2. Achieve 50% landfill diversion rate for operational waste.
    43.6% Diversion from Landfill
  3. 3. Achieve 85% construction landfill diversion rate.
    67.6% Diversion from Landfill
Materials, Construction and Operations
  1. 1. Achieve LEED Silver certification for all new facilities over 10,000 square feet, and achieve Envision certification where LEED is not applicable.
    13 LEED Silver and Gold certifications achieved and 8 in progress as of 2022
  2. 2. Design and build 100% of capital projects to CALGreen Tier 2 standards.
    14 projects participating in Engagement Team process in pursuit of CALGreen Tier 2 (No Change)
  3. 3. Complete Sustainable Acquisition Program training / implementation and develop 2030 program targets for annual sustainable acquisition spend by 2022.
    Agency-wide roll-out in development for 2024
Energy Resource Management
  1. 1. Reduce energy consumption by 17% at facilities from the 2030 Business as Usual scenario.
    5.1% Reduction from 2022 BAU
  2. 2. Increase onsite renewable energy generation to 7.5 MW
    2.6 MW Onsite Renewable Capacity (No Change)
Emissions and Pollution Control
  1. 1. Displace 903,000 MTCO2e annually.
    468,135 MTCO2e Displaced
  2. 2. Reduce total GHG emissions by 79% from 2017 baseline.
    63.3% Reduction from 2017 Baseline
  3. 3. Reduce total nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions 54% from 2018 baseline.
    89.1% Reduction from 2018 Baseline
  4. 4. Reduce total particulate matter (PM) emissions 62% from 2018 baseline.
    75.5% Reduction from 2018 Baseline
Resilience and Climate Adaptation
  1. 1. Identify all acute shocks or stressors for critical and/or vulnerable areas at or near Metro infrastructure by 2025.
    1,341 assets evaluated for risk level across 6 types of climate hazards
  2. 2. Implement the flexible adaptation pathways concept to incorporate climate adaptation into planning, procurement, asset management and operations by 2025.
    48 department representatives engaged in All Hazard Mitigation planning and adaptation implementation
  3. 3. Prioritize improvements to locations, facilities, infrastructure, equipment and operations to reduce risk.
    53% of evaluated stations received increased appearance scores and 51% received increased functionality scores in Q4 2022
Economic and Workforce Development
  1. 1. Review job classifications on a regular basis and eliminate obsolete requirements that create barriers to career advancement.
    86% of Job Classifications reviewed, 14% pending review
  2. 2. Recruit employees from diverse sources, including vocational schools, community colleges, groups supporting formerly incarcerated persons and organizations supporting persons with disabilities and older adults.
    Increased veteran hires by 37.5% in 2022
  3. 3. Achieve triennial DEOD contracting goals related to small, disadvantaged and veteran-owned businesses.
    14.9% SBE Participation achieved in 2022

    8.4% DBE Participation achieved in 2022

    0.9% DVBE Participation achieved in 2022
How to Navigate This Section
  • MBS performance is broken out into seven category pages covering target performance and program highlights. These pages can be accessed through the navigation menu at the top of each page by clicking on the "hamburger" stack underneath the Metro logo.
  • Program Highlights on the left-hand side of category pages feature multiple story narratives. You can sift through the highlights by clicking on the numerical buttons just above the narratives.
  • Target Performance is available on the right-hand side, providing both narrative description and visual accompaniments (e.g., graphs, diagrams). Each target is contained within an accordion-like section that can be expanded by clicking on the arrows adjacent to targets.