Environmental and Sustainability Management System

SEPTA's Sustainability Program is a framework for implementing new and innovative solutions to persistent problems. But advancing an agenda of economic prosperity, social responsibility, and environmental stewardship in an era of budgetary constraints and limited resources requires proactive planning and creative approaches for implementation.

Recognizing this, a key component of SEPTA's Sustainability Program implementation strategy will focus on management systems - squeezing more out of less by making institutional processes more efficient.

It is in this context that SEPTA applied for and was accepted to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) 2011 Environmental & Sustainability Management System (ESMS) training and assistance program for public transportation agencies. FTA's training is designed to help agencies develop and implement ESMS using the 14001 standard of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The ISO 14001 Standard is a toolbox of management techniques to minimize environmental impacts through a method of continual improvement called "plan-do-check-act":

  • Plan: Establish the objectives, programs & processes to deliver results in accordance with the environmental policy
  • Do: Implement the programs & processes
  • Check: Monitor and measure processes against policy, objectives, targets, and requirements, and report the results
  • Act: Take actions to continually improve programmatic performance towards objectives & targets

SEPTA's participation in the FTA's ESMS training and assistance program reflects its commitment to its sustainability program.

One maintenance location, Berridge Shop, is currently certified to the ISO 14001 international standard for environmental management systems. The scope of the Berridge Shop certification is as follows:

  • Bus overhaul, heavy repair, and unit rebuild; and print and sign shop functions. Exclusion: The non-Berridge Shop office areas of 200 West Wyoming; the Revenue Collection and Revenue Equipment Maintenance; the SEPTA-wide Supply Chain Warehouse; all activities conducted at the adjacent Courtland facility; and all SEPTA-wide shops and storage in the undeveloped basement area except for the oil interceptor and the tank farm.

A second maintenance location, Wayne Junction, will attempt to become ISO 14001 certified in fall 2018. The scope of the Wayne Junction certification is as follows:

  • All operations within the Wayne Complex at 4500 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19144, including: electric and diesel rail vehicle overhaul and maintenance, propulsion power system component service and replacement, track material maintenance, communication & signal maintenance, technical training, and supply chain warehouse.

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