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California's high-speed rail project ranks among the top rail projects for sustainability in North America, the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) announced this week.
The project received five stars for sustainability from the GRESB Infrastructure Assessment, a benchmark for environmental, social and governance policies, practices and performance of infrastructure investments.
"It is great to see California’s High-Speed Rail Authority continuing to report to GRESB to benchmark its performance against similar infrastructure projects and assets, and against the entire GRESB dataset annually,” said GRESB Infrastructure Director Rick Walters in a press release. “This ongoing commitment to sustainability is affirmed further this year by California’s project moving back up into the top quintile and therefore receiving a five-star rating."
The CHSRA's track record on sustainability, as measured by GRESB, "will surely position the asset well when it comes to attracting private sector investment in the future," Walters added.
Meanwhile, the CHSRA released an annual sustainability report covering its efforts between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2018.
The report, which was developed in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards Core Option — a widely adopted sustainability reporting framework — lists sustainability milestones from 2018, including: