Over the course of the last several years, the Metropolitan Council has transformed itself into a leaner, greener government agency. Metro Transit’s “Go Greener” campaign has been the most visible facet of the Council’s transformation, but Metro Transit’s efforts are only a few of the agency’s award winning green initiatives.
The Metropolitan Council’s Environmental Services Division, responsible for handling waste water in the Metro area, is leading the way in making the Metropolitan Council a greener agency. The division has reduced its energy consumption by cleaning equipment more regularly, replacing old equipment with new, energy efficient equipment, and exploring ways to use the heat released during the treatment process for energy. In addition, Xcel Energy has recognized the Environmental Services Division with a Gold Award for achieving the highest electrical savings of all the utility’s large commercial and industrial customers in Minnesota between January 2010 and June 2011.
Using Metro Transit buses and trains is a great way for Twin Cities residents to be green, and the Metropolitan Council is constantly working to make Metro Transit more environmentally friendly. Last year, Metro Transit reduced CO2 emissions by 500 tons by overhauling their bus garages and maintenance facilities. The Central Corridor Light Rail currently under construction features green design elements, including green management practices for handling storm water, using recycled materials such as copper and steel, and installing highly efficient LED lighting at all 18 stations.
A Better Minnesota begins with a better environment for our state. Agencies like the Metropolitan Council are working hard to reduce their carbon footprint, save taxpayers money, and help preserve our environment. Thanks to the Metropolitan Council’s efforts, Minnesotans will be able to enjoy a healthy environment for generations to come.
Learn more about the Metropolitan Council’s green initiatives in this video.