Metro releases second annual sustainability report
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
Metro highlights its sustainability goals in a second-annual sustainability report.
Metro announced Monday that the regional government published its second annual sustainability report, marking progress in key areas at its facilities around the Portland region.
Metro officials report that electricity use throughout its operations is down 9 percent from 2008 levels. The organization also eliminated 13,000 pounds of hazardous supplies from facility storerooms in the last year.
Metro has named its five goal areas in sustainability as:
- Reducing carbon emissions.
- Choosing nontoxic products.
- Preventing waste.
- Conserving water.
- Enhancing habitat.
The full report measures progress in each area.
"Sustainable practices just make sense," said Metro Chief Operating Officer Martha Bennett in a press release. "Reducing our impact on the environment conserves energy, supports healthy ecosystems and saves money."
Recent accomplishments at Metro facilities and venues highlighted in the report include:
- The installation of a 2,665-square-foot ecoroof at its central household hazardous waste facility in Northwest Portland.
- The Oregon Zoo'a Green Award from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The zoo is also cutting down on water waste.
- The switch to LED lighting at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
- The Oregon Convention Center's "zero waste" summer concert series.
- Pacificwild, the Metropolitan Exposition and Recreation Commission's Portland BEST Award, which recognized the company's efforts on local purchasing.
- The tripling of recycling and composting at the Portland Expo Center.
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