Measuring progress: FY 2015–16 sustainability report
The Metro Council set an ambitious target for internal operations to be sustainable within one generation. To this end, the council adopted goals in five key categories to reduce the agency's environmental impact:
- greenhouse gas emissions – reduce direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions to 80 percent below 2008 levels
- toxics – eliminate the use of emissions of persistent bioaccumulative toxics (PBTs) and other priority toxic and hazardous substances
- waste – recover all waste for recycling or composting, and reduce overall generation of waste
- water – reduce water use to 50 percent below 2008 levels
- habitat – ensure that Metro's parks, trails and developed properties positively contribute to healthy, functioning ecosystems and watershed health and that Metro's natural areas are healthy, functioning ecosystems.
Metro's comprehensive sustainability plan identifies strategies and nearly 100 actions to achieve the above goals. The goals are slated for completion by 2025 or, in the case of greenhouse gas emissions, 2050. Metro Council adopted this plan by resolution on Oct. 7, 2010.
Greenhouse gas emissions inventory
Metro completed a comprehensive inventory of FY 2012-2013 greenhouse gas emissions from internal business operations. Overall, non-supply chain greenhouse gas emissions from Metro’s internal operations decreased nearly 9 percent from 35,892 metric tons carbon dioxide equivalent (MT CO2e) in 2008 to 32,673 MT CO2e in FY 12-13. The inventory includes both direct and indirect emissions sources.