EnviroMetro Policy Motion Victory
Our environmental policy motion, “Environmental & Sustainability Efforts to Further Metro’s Goals to Reduce Emissions, Clean the Air & Improve Urban Areas,” passed unanimously (6-0) on February 18 at Metro’s Executive Management Committee meeting!
The motion is comprehensive and establishes:
- New mechanisms to guide Metro’s efforts to reduce air pollution, greenhouse gases, and vehicle miles traveled
- Requirements for stormwater management best practices and use of local, sustainable materials on all future Metro capital projects
- The creation of a matching funding program for the advancement of a regional active transportation network
- A strategy for deploying clean technology in goods movement corridors as well as renewable energy generation at Metro’s structures
- A process for collaboration with nonprofits and other stakeholders in the development of metrics for measuring the challenges and successes of implementing the motion
While the motion does a really good job of incorporating many of EnviroMetro’s key policy positions, some areas still need some more work in the months ahead. Those include:
- Establishing a Transit to Trails Action Plan to expand service to public lands
- Instituting a Regional Advance Mitigation Program (RAMP) to coordinate projects’ biological disturbance mitigation efforts
- Converging infrastructure planning between public agencies to achieve co-benefits in a coordinated way
On Thursday, February 25, the motion will go before the full Metro Board for a vote, and we hope to see many of you there to show your support and the strength of our coalition.