The Philadelphia Eagles are excited to announce a partnership with SEPTA, one of the largest transit systems in the United States, serving Greater Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Delaware. It is part of a strategic approach by both organizations to reduce congestion and improve air quality by promoting the environmental benefits of public transportation.
The most visible and prominent aspect of the new partnership will be the deployment of Eagles Go Green-wrapped SEPTA buses around the region, which will provide educational messaging around the importance of sustainability.
"There are many benefits that come with taking public transit," said Norman Vossschulte, Director of Fan Experience and Sustainability, Philadelphia Eagles. "Not only does it reduce CO2 emissions in the atmosphere, it helps to conserve energy, lowers our dependency on fossil fuel, and decreases congestion on the road. SEPTA plays an important role in making our city run and they have done so over the years by leading with first-class service. We are proud to partner with SEPTA and look forward to expanding on our commitment to sustainability by supporting public transportation within our region."
Public transportation is inherently sustainable and a proven reducer of greenhouse gas emissions. SEPTA's approach to sustainability is "triple-bottom-line" – accounting for the natural environment, healthy communities and workforce, and economic vitality. Sustainability is the lens through which SEPTA views its impact on the region and holds itself accountable for ensuring an economically prosperous, socially responsible, and environmentally sustainable future.
"SEPTA is a proud partner of the Philadelphia Eagles, and we commend their commitment to sustainability," said Leslie S. Richards, SEPTA General Manager and CEO. "Go Green extends beyond game days. Choosing to ride public transportation over single-occupancy vehicles is one of the most effective ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Riding the bus, train, or trolley just one time this week can help lower the world's greenhouse gas emissions, which not only slows climate change, it also cuts down on traffic and improves air quality."
The Eagles' Go Green program has been internationally recognized for its commitment to sustainability and eco-friendly measures. The team has earned LEED Gold status by the U.S. Green Building Council and STAR accreditation by the Global Biorisk Advisory Council, is ISO 20121 certified, and recently became the first U.S. professional sports team to offset team travel emissions through the support of Ocean Conservancy's Blue Playbook.
SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority) is the nation's fifth largest transit system, with a vast network of fixed route services including bus, subway, trolley, trackless trolley, and Regional Rail, as well as ADA paratransit and Shared Ride programs. SEPTA operates one of the largest zero-emission vehicle fleets in the nation including a fully electrified multi-modal rail system and one of the largest "green" bus fleets in the nation. This network provides service in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties with connections into New Jersey and Delaware. SEPTA is also one of the region's largest employers, with a workforce of approximately 9,500 employees. For more information, visit iseptaphilly.com.