Cincy Metro awarded for sustainability efforts that divert tons from landfill


Cincinnati’s transit agency has been recognized both locally and nationally for its ongoing sustainability programs, which this year included successful efforts to divert nearly 80,000 pounds of waste from local landfills.
 
In August, Cincy Metro earned The American Public Transportation Association’s bronze-level sustainability award for those and additional efforts to keep our city green.
 
More recently, Metro received the Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District’s “2016 Recycle at Work Program” award.
 
Metro’s Green Team is made up of employees from around the organization who volunteered to complete the Federal Transportation Administration’s Environmental & Sustainability Management System training. The group is tasked with finding new and innovative ways to make the organization and its practices more environmentally sustainable.
 
This spring, Metro celebrated its one-year anniversary as part of the American Public Transportation Association and its national transit environmental commitment. During its first year of involvement, Metro recycled 500 pounds in light bulbs alone and reduced trash collection costs by 57 percent.
 
Metro, a nonprofit, is funded by tax dollars and overseen by the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority. It provides about 16 million rides to local residents and visitors annually.
 

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Hannah Purnell is a lifelong Northern Kentuckian who writes extensively about regional issues related to arts and culture, politics and economic development. 
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