Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory
We completed our Carbon Footprint Report for calendar year 2012, seeing a decrease in greenhouse gas emissions by 36,197 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent from the 2008 report.
Environmentally Friendly Buses
Every bus in our fleet uses clean fuel technology — split between buses using clean diesel and buses running on compressed natural gas (CNG). Buses running on compressed natural gas reduce carbon monoxide emissions by 95 percent.
In 2010, we kicked off a recycling program in our Headquarters and Annex Facilities. The program went on to keep 36 tons of recycling materials out of landfills in the first year alone. In 2012, we expanded the initiative to the entire MARTA system. The result? An average of 300 tons of recycling materials kept from landfills every year.
We replaced paper towels with high-efficiency, low-energy hand dryers throughout our entire agency — saving $160K each year.
Motion-Detecting Sensor Light Switches
We switched to motion-detecting sensor light switches in multipurpose rooms with infrequent use. We broke even on energy savings within three months of installation.
LEED Design Principles
We've incorporated LEED design principles into the construction of all our new MARTA facilities and have made renovations to existing properties to help them meet LEED standards. These projects include our Brady Facility, our Chamblee Facility and our completed Buckhead MARTA station.
Water Filling Stations
We installed water filling stations at more than 22 operating facilities across MARTA and give every MARTA employee a reusable water bottle. This initiative aims to cut down the use of plastic bottles. To date, we've kept more than 141,555 plastic bottles out of landfills.
We reclaim 90 percent of the water we use every day. This includes the 200 gallons used to wash a single bus and the 1,500 gallons used to wash a six-car train. Through water reclamation, we treat and reuse the same water to wash our vehicles over and over again.