Anaheim, Calif. (Jan. 19, 2016) - ARTIC, Anaheim's transit hub offering commuter and leisure train, bus, shuttle and taxi service, has been awarded California's highest environmental honor. The California Environmental Protection Agency awarded ARTIC the Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award in the Sustainable Practices, Community or Facilities category.
"From design to operation, ARTIC is a model of sustainability," said Anaheim Mayor Pro Tem Lucille Kring. "The thousands who are using ARTIC each day to get to work or to enjoy our theme parks, convention center and sports and entertainment are making a difference in our community."
The award, to be presented by California Transportation Secretary Brian Kelly during a ceremony in Sacramento on Jan. 19, recognizes ARTIC for sustainable business practices and contributions to the region's economy.
Each day, ARTIC serves more than 2,400 commuters who use the station's trains, buses, shuttles and taxis to get to work or travel for fun throughout the region.
On a typical workday, ARTIC commuters are reducing the miles driven on our roadways by nearly 80,000 miles, equal to taking 1,063 vehicles off the road.
As a result, ARTIC commuters are helping to prevent the emission of 31.8 metric tons of greenhouse gases into our air.
ARTIC, a 67,000-square-foot facility that opened in late 2014, features an environmentally friendly design.
The transit hub generates 20 percent of its energy from solar panels. Design features heat and cool the facility in sustainable ways. Sunlight is harnessed through a clear roof to illuminate 70 percent of ARTIC. Storm water is captured and recharged back into the region's groundwater supply.
ARTIC also plays a critical role in keeping our economy moving.
Each workday, train commuters use the station to reach jobs in Anaheim, downtown Los Angeles, Irvine and elsewhere.
Others come to ARTIC via OCTA buses and then hop on an Anaheim Resort Transportation shuttle to reach jobs in the Anaheim Resort, Orange County's largest employment hub with more than 30,000 jobs.
Still others use ARTIC as an easy way to enjoy baseball, hockey and concerts at neighboring Angel Stadium of Anaheim and Honda Center - while also doing their part to reduce traffic and pollution.
"ARTIC is keeping our community moving," Anaheim Mayor Pro Tem Kring said. "In decades to come, this facility will play an even more important role as the need for public transit grows."
ARTIC and other honorees were chosen by a judging panel made up of representatives of Gov. Jerry Brown's office and the secretaries of the California Environmental Protection Agency and other state departments.
For more information on the program and a full list of this year's award recipients, please visit www.calepa.ca.gov/Awards/GEELA/.
For more on ARTIC, visit Articinfo.com.