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Metrolinx earned Gold Level recognition from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) for achievements in environmental, social and economic sustainability, the agency announced late last week.The honor is awarded to transit agencies and businesses that implement processes and actions that create continuous improvements through the APTA Sustainability Commitment program, Metrolinx officials said in a press release.Between the fiscal years of 2012-13 and 2013-14, Metrolinx decreased its water consumption by 26.3 percent, air pollutants emissions by 22 percent and greenhouse gas emissions by 3.3 percentOver that same time period, the agency also lowered waste generation by 17.6 percent and cut operating expenses by 7.7 percent."Developing and implementing an integrated transportation system for our region that enhances environmental, social, and economic sustainability is a key priority for us at Metrolinx,” said Metrolinx President and Chief Executive Officer Bruce McCuaig.Metrolinx also was recognized for completing seven GO Transit stations and maintenance facilities that achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The agency also invested in renewable energy at facilities, initiated its Energy Management Program and managed workplace travel demand through the Smart Commute Program."The Metrolinx employees and [Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area] residents should be proud of the leadership that Metrolinx has demonstrated in the sustainability arena. It is only one of 12 public transportation systems in North America to receive this prestigious recognition," said APTA President and CEO Michael Melaniphy.
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