Since 2013, we’ve built products that change the way people move around their cities, and we take great pride in how we build that product. That’s why today we are excited to unveil TransitScreen Green, a new initiative to keep our team, our facilities, and our platform working in harmony with the environment.
We’ve built a product that changes the way people move around their cities, and we take great pride in how we build that product.
TransitScreen is 100% carbon neutral since founding, from our offices to our servers, and we will continue to maintain our status on a yearly basis. We use renewable energy where we can source it and buyrenewable energy credits (RECs) from TerraPass that are Green-e certified, as recommended by the Natural Resources Defense Council, a nonprofit leader in environmental action in the United States.
Part of our DNA
Here’s a breakdown of everything we’re doing, from the biggest impact items on down. We’re always looking for new ways to keep our team, our facilities, and our platform working in harmony with the environment, so emailgreen@transitscreen or holler on Twitter @TransitScreen with ideas.
Our Screen Network
Our network of screens is fully wind powered, using Wind RECs from Terrapass that are Green-e certified. This is our way of taking responsibility for the full ongoing impact of our service and operations.
Let’s look at the big picture: Not all our customers have access to renewable energy to power their site’s TransitScreen, but every person (as many as 100,000 per day at one of our Toronto locations!) who walks by that building’s TransitScreen has exceptionally convenient access to sustainable transit options that they might not have considered using before (or even known about!).
So what sets us apart from other carbon-neutral companies? If we account for all our users who have started using our at-a-glance transit comparison displays to reduce the use of their car, our total environmental impact is carbon-negative by design!
Because our team is global, we fly a lot for conferences and meetings. Every flight has huge environmental costs – flying one team member from our San Francisco office to home office in Washington, DC generates 0.62 tons of CO2, according to the International Civil Aviation Organization.
We’ve offset our flights since the founding of TransitScreen with RECs. We also encourage our team to take more efficient train trips wherever possible (DC to NYC, London to Paris).
TransitScreen’s global infrastructure runs on Heroku and Rackspace. Our servers are virtual, sharing physical computers with other servers, and run only when we need them, but they still draw a lot of power.
Both of our hosting providers have a 35% sustainable energy mix. In addition, we are buying RECs to make up the difference.
In a typical office building, the energy footprint of employee transportation exceeds the building’s own energy footprint. When employees switch from driving alone to other sustainable transportation choices, it makes a huge difference.
We’re happy to report that not a single TransitScreen employee commutes to work in a car. We provide public transportation and bikeshare subsidies (including a corporate membership in Capital Bikeshare), and our facilities have built-in, secure bike parking. Our offices are centrally located in livable, walkable areas to keep commutes as short, and sustainable, as possible.
We support remote working from home, and often encourage it. This reduces our required commute, and we all benefit from the flexibility and time savings.
Our Office Space
TransitScreen’s Washington, DC office is in the 1776 shared campus in a high density, efficient modern building. Until we can power the office with renewables, we’re buying RECs.
In San Francisco, we work from the Code for America office. It’s pre-enrolled in the SF Public Utility Commission’s CleanPowerSF initiative.
In addition to recycling in all of our offices, we compost our food waste in San Francisco.