CATA commits to 100% renewable energy, sustainable development
(Lansing, Mich.) – The Capital Area Transportation Authority’s board of directors voted last week to use
100 percent renewable energy at its three Greater Lansing facilities, including the CATA Administration Building in South Lansing, the CATA Transportation Center in downtown Lansing, and the Capital Area Multimodal Gateway in East Lansing.
“We are pleased to announce this collaborative partnership with BWL,” said CATA CEO Bradley T. Funkhouser. “Our participation in the utility’s Greenwise Energy program – coupled with the Authority’s recent investment in the East Lansing Solar Park and the installation of five new BWL-powered bus shelters – aligns with CATA’s strategic vision and goals, as well as its long-standing commitment to sustainable development.”
Through the Greenwise program, CATA will purchase wind energy blocks for 1.3 cents per kilowatt hour, or approximately $32,202 per year, beginning June 1, 2019. The initial contract with BWL is for a three-year period.
“Public transit agencies like CATA are on the front lines of efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the catastrophic effects of climate change,” said CATA Board Chair Nathan Triplett. “By ensuring that 100 percent of CATA’s energy demand comes from clean, renewable sources, increasing our investment in energy efficiency and prioritizing sustainability in all of our operations, CATA is leading our region into a clean energy future.”
In late March, City of Lansing Mayor Andy Schor announced his plan to power city facilities with 100 percent renewable energy, at an annual cost of $280,000. Pending City Council approval of this investment, Lansing’s 187 buildings will also be 100 percent renewable by July 1.
“The City of Lansing is excited to be leading the way in renewable energy and that others in the Lansing area are joining our efforts to be a more sustainable city,” said Mayor Schor.
“It’s very exciting to see that the City, CATA and BWL have moved forward with their sustainability efforts,” added Theresa Lark, executive director at the Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council. “To have CATA making this commitment confirms to me and our residents that people in leadership positions can impact clean air and clean water, which is what we’re all about. This is one of the many reasons that we are so proud to partner with CATA.”