Corporate Sustainability

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APTA Platinum Level Status, Sustainability Commitment

TransLink has adopted a Sustainability Policy to foster the development of a sustainable transportation system that aims to meet the needs of people, organizations and businesses, and promotes the ecological, economic and social well-being of the Metro Vancouver region and beyond. The policy recognizes that TransLink enables others to make sustainable transportation choices, and has a responsibility to operate in a manner that is socially, environmentally, and financially sound.

Platinum Level Commitment

We are one of only five North American transit agencies recognized by the American Public Transportation Association for the strength of our sustainability commitments. Since 2015, we’ve been a platinum level signatory based on our commitment to a core set of actions on sustainability that include:

  • Making sustainability part of our strategic objectives
  • Fostering and resourcing “sustainability champions” within our organization
  • Engaging team members to work toward environmental goals
  • Including an ongoing sustainability inventory of our environmental impacts
  • Providing services that contribute to sustainability

To support the commitments we’ve made under APTA, we apply principles of an Environmental Management System (EMS) across our organization. This EMS helps guide informed decision‐making, enabling us to provide cleaner, more sustainable transportation choices in the region.

Being Accountable

Our annual Accountability Report combines information about our financial performance, people practices and sustainability, reflecting how we make decisions based on a number of factors. We also share our performance highlights through TransLink’s Accountability Centre.

Greenest Employer Award

2018 Canada's Greenest Employers LogoTransLink works hard to create a culture of environmental awareness in our organization and to minimize our environmental impact from our operations. This year, our efforts were recognized with a placement among Canada’s Greenest Employers for 2018.

 

Latest News

TransLink to become First Transit Agency to Offer Green Bonds

TransLink is the first transit agency in Canada to issue green bonds, which will be used to finance the current expansion of our system. Green bonds give investors the opportunity to invest their money in green and low-carbon projects–for example, battery-electric buses. With ridership growing rapidly and the region undergoing the largest transit expansion in its history, we’re an attractive option for investors seeking an investment with strong, green credentials.

TransLink’s Environmental Sustainability Targets

In 2018, TransLink’s Board of Directors adopted two significant environmental sustainability targets:

  • To reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80 per cent by 2050
  • To utilize 100% renewable energy in all operations by 2050

These are ambitious goals but we are well on our way. Already, half of our bus fleet uses lower-carbon emission technologies, including electric trolley, hybrid diesel and compressed natural gas buses. Switching from diesel to hybrid buses reduces GHG emissions by 20 per cent and moving to compressed natural gas (CNG) from diesel reduces GHG emissions by 10 per cent. TransLink is developing a Low Carbon Fleet Strategy which will chart our transition towards a zero-emission bus fleet.

We’re Testing Clean-Bus Technology

The 2.5-year trial will see battery-electric buses on bus route #100 travelling along Marine Drive through Vancouver, Burnaby and New Westminster. At each end of the route, the buses will recharge in approximately 4-7 minutes. This project is part of a pan-Canadian initiative led by the Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC).

We are always looking for feedback. Let us know what you think at sustainability@translink.ca.

    LEED certification of TransLink's head office

    TransLink's head office in New Westminster is located in a LEED-certified building, meaning that it utilizes best-in-class building strategies and practices to minimize our environmental footprint. LEED-certified buildings not only save money and resources, they also have a positive impact on the health of occupants and promote renewable, clean energy.

    TransLink invites the public to tour our building and learn about the steps taken to achieve LEED-certification. Tours may be booked either by phone or in person. Call 778.375.7500 to speak with a receptionist or visit us at 287 Nelson’s Court in New Westminster.