SouthWest Transit

Sustainability Plan

A pivot to carbon neutrality

SouthWest Transit, headquartered in Eden Prairie, MN, recently committed itself to becoming more sustainable. The agency, which provides more than 1 million passenger trips annually and operates around 85 vehicles, initially lacked a strategy for setting and achieving ambitious greenhouse gas emission (GHG) reduction goals. After taking a few small steps — transitioning to LED lighting and subscribing to a solar garden — agency leaders turned to LHB to develop a strategic path to success.

LHB worked with SWT to land on an overarching goal to achieve net-zero GHG emissions by 2050 and produced an action plan that outlined achievable targets and tactics for reaching the goals. The recommendations included:

  • Decreasing building energy use
  • Switching to renewable electricity use in facilities
  • Transitioning to a zero emissions fleet and equipment

LHB provided the following services:

  • Facility energy operations analysis
  • Solar feasibility analysis
  • Sustainability/climate action planning

The plan provides the agency with a roadmap to carbon neutrality by 2050, with clear objectives and actions articulated for the agency’s leaders. With a strategy in place, the agency can plan for the future.

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