SEPTA Releases Sustainability Report

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) has released its SEP-TAINABLE Annual Report for 2019 that details sustainability achievements from the past year. 

"SEPTA's Sustainability Program has generated millions of dollars in cost savings, grants, and new revenues, benefitting both the environment and the bottom line," said Pasquale T. Deon Sr., SEPTA board chairman. "This annual report represents another year of progress towards building a safer, more efficient and sustainable transit system for our region." 

Features of the report include:

  • completion of the transit energy storage project that captures, stores, and reuses energy created by braking trains;
  • progress on an infrastructure resilience program with projects to reinforce power, rail right of way, and stormwater systems to guard against the impacts of extreme weather;
  • contract execution for a solar project, with three megawatts of panels currently being installed; 
  • implementation of a building energy retrofit program that self-funds facility upgrades through guaranteed energy savings; and
  • certification of a second maintenance facility under the ISO14001 standard for environmental management. 

"SEPTA is proud of the accomplishments outlined in the 2019 Sustainability Annual Report," remarked Jeffrey D. Knueppel, SEPTA general manager. "The achievements of the program solidify the reasons why SEPTA's program has been recognized by the American Public Transportation Association as a GOLD level Sustainability Signatory, has received the Governor's Environmental Excellence Award for the Wayside Energy Storage Systems, and is an active 2030 District participant."