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The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) late last week released a 2020 sustainability report that details its efforts to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.
The report outlines actions and policies involving station planning, energy needs, emissions and community partnerships, including:
"The environment and climate are important aspects of sustainability, but we also address the social and economic realities that are all part of constructing high-speed rail in California," said Margaret Cederoth, CHSRA's director of sustainability and planning, in a press release.
The authority aims to neutralize all emissions released from construction activities through community agreements. For example, under a voluntary agreement, the authority's urban forestry program has planted more than 5,000 trees, sequestering 25,000 tons of carbon dioxide over the trees' lifespan. Planted primarily in disadvantaged communities, the trees help offset emissions generated during construction.