Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority Serving Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties
SEP-TAINABLE 2020' Builds on Successful Program; Furthers Goals Focused on Budget-Neutral, Triple-Bottom Line Approach
January 26, 2017
SEPTA has reaffirmed its commitment to a sustainable future, with the Board's approval today of a second-generation Sustainability Program Plan for Fiscal Years 2017-2020.
Entitled "SEP-TAINABLE 2020", the plan is a core part of SEPTA's Five-Year Strategic Business Plan. It implements a triple-bottom line approach - economic, social and environmental - to all of SEPTA's efforts. The plan establishes a goal of "budget neutrality," requiring projects to meet a rigorous financial standard of paying for themselves through grants, revenue, or cost savings.
"SEPTA's Sustainability Program has helped the Authority save millions of dollars in operating costs," said SEPTA Board Chairman Pasquale T. Deon. "It has also been extremely valuable in positioning SEPTA to be competitive in grant programs for new initiatives, and we expect that will continue in the coming years."
"Sustainability is a core principle for SEPTA in our everyday operations, and as we continue efforts to rebuild our system and grow it for future generations," said SEPTA General Manager Jeffrey D. Knueppel. "SEP-TAINABLE 2020 will play a key role as we continue to advance critical improvements throughout the SEPTA system."
The first-generation Sustainability Program Plan, "SEP-TAINABLE", was adopted in January 2011. Notable achievements include:
The proposed second-generation Sustainability Program, SEP-TAINABLE 2020, aims to build on these successes, and adopts aggressive performance targets. Plans include:
As with the first-generation plan, the SEP-TAINABLE 2020 program plan has been developed through extensive input, including stakeholder roundtables, a public open house, peer agency benchmarking through APTA, and collaboration with key regional planning partners from the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, City of Philadelphia and Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties.