On June 16, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) awarded Société de transport de Montréal (STM) with an official certificate for earning Gold-level recognition in the APTA Sustainability Commitment program.
Chair Phillipe Schnobb and CEO Carl Desrosiers received the award for STM's sustainability commitment which resulted in decreasing air pollutant emissions per produced seat mile (PSM) by 43 percent from 2006-2012. In addition, STM achieved a 17 percent reduction in electricity use and a 7 percent reduction in fuel use per PSM over this period.
Among STM's signature policies are an initiative to pursue LEED certification for all new buildings, as well as a policy to reduce emissions by purchasing only electric vehicles by 2025.
Launched in 2009, the APTA Sustainability Commitment program recognizes and encourages public transit agencies and businesses to make a voluntary commitment to putting processes and actions into place which allow for continuous improvement on environmental, social, and economic sustainability.