Friday, September 21, 2007

New York subways about to get green

Kudos to New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which is convening an 18-member sustainability commission that will seek to create a plan for reducing the agency’s ecological footprint by Earth Day 2008.

The Sustainability Commission will develop a master set of recommendations that will help reduce the ecological footprint of MTA operations, looking at everything from energy use and waste management to transit-oriented development and green, high-performance buildings.

Part of the commission’s mission will be to identify sustainability initiatives that have both environmental benefits and financial benefits. These financial benefits can take a number of forms, including cost savings from the use of new technologies or revenue from an agency’s green venture.

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