Metro owns and operates a wide variety of properties, including many types of buildings, parks and other spaces. The Sustainable Buildings and Sites Policy lays out requirements for the operations, maintenance and renovation of existing Metro properties and the design and construction of new ones.
It is an update to the 2011 Green Building Policy, expanding the way Metro applies sustainability criteria to its properties, with standards to enhance equity, climate justice and environmental sustainability. The new policy went into effect in 2023.
The building industry has several sustainable certifications that Metro will use to meet its goals. The policy identifies which industry frameworks to pursue according to property type, size and needs. And it directs Metro to adopt standards to meet these certifications. These include the LEED for Operations and Maintenance, the International Living Future Institute’s Core Green Building certification and Zero Carbon certification, Sustainable SITES certifications and Salmon-Safe certification.
The policy document includes all requirements. Summaries and other resources will be added to this webpage over time.