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Metrolink Launches Week-Long Sustainability Challenge for Earth Day 2021

Friday April 16, 2021

Los Angeles – In celebration of the 51st anniversary of Earth Day, Metrolink announced it will host a week-long Sustainability Challenge April 19-25 for riders and the community at-large that features a robust line-up of virtual daily activities designed to promote healthier lifestyles and protect our natural environment.

Challenge participants will be eligible to win a Metrolink Monthly Pass or one of twenty 7-Day Passes when they register for the challenge at www.metrolinktrains.com/earthday.

Sustainability Challenge includes:

  • Monday – Go Plant-based for the Planet
  • Tuesday – Recycling & Composting
  • Wednesday – Save energy
  • Thursday – Earth Day – Calculate Your Impact 
  • Friday – Water Savings & Drought-tolerant plants
  • Weekend – Metrolink Cares Community Cleanup

In addition to the Sustainability Challenge, Metrolink will host two sustainability-focused webinars with expert guest speakers from California State University, Fullerton and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Throughout the week, Metrolink will also highlight its efforts to move the regional rail system to a zero emissions future, including its renewable plant-based diesel fuel pilot program to its stringent green standards for building energy and resource conservation.

“Our Earth Day Sustainability Challenge gives Metrolink an opportunity to connect with our riders, employees and members of our community to promote a sustainable lifestyle. When we all work together, our seemingly small actions to improve the way we live and work can have a positive impact on the environment and our families,” said Jennifer Vides, Metrolink Chief Customer Experience Officer. “We’re also excited about how our newly launched Climate Action Plan can accelerate a healthier Southern California for generations to come with a zero-emissions future.”

As traffic starts to return to pre-pandemic levels, Metrolink plays an important role in the future of mobility of Southern California and the positive impact that the agency can make on the climate. For every 1,000 people who choose to take the train over driving, it reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 23,472 pounds, which is the equivalent of the carbon sequestered by a 12-acre forest, the size of 10 football fields—every day. For more information on everything Metrolink is doing to create a greener future for the communities we serve, visit metrolinktrains.com/sustainability.

ABOUT METROLINK (metrolinktrains.com)

Metrolink is Southern California's regional passenger rail service enabling people to connect to their jobs and explore all that the region has to offer. Every year, Metrolink has nearly 12 million boardings from people who choose to ride the train to avoid gridlock, removing an estimated 9.3 million vehicles from the roads and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 130,000 metric tons. Metrolink is the largest commuter rail agency in California and the third largest in the United States operating seven lines along a 538-mile network that travels across Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties.