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Environmental and Sustainability Management Systems

What’s New

FTA's Environmental and Sustainability Management System (ESMS) Training and Technical Assistance Program relaunched on April 22, 2024. Transit agency teams, including those that have previously participated, are eligible to apply for this free program through June 14, 2024 (deadline recently extended).

The program helps transit agencies develop and implement an ESMS at their facilities. Participants in the program receive free training workshops, on-site assessments, electronic materials and resources, and consultation to help develop an ESMS using standard 14001 of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

More information about the current round of FTA’s ESMS Training and Technical Assistance Program can be found in FTA’s program brochure. Training sessions and consultations will be virtual, apart from two on-site reviews.
Transit agencies from across the country have participated in the program, ranging from medium-sized agencies with bus and paratransit services to agencies with large, complex operations including ferry services, heavy rail, commuter rail, and bus rapid transit.

To join the 2024 ESMS cohort, submit a letter of application by June 14, 2024, to Juliet Bochicchio and Antoinette Quagliata using the application instructions.


FTA encourages project sponsors to minimize the impact of their operations and construction through environmentally sound practices. An ESMS is a set of processes and practices that enables an organization to reduce its environmental impacts and increase operating efficiency. The environmental benefits of implementing an ESMS include:

  • Enhanced ability to analyze, control, and reduce environmental impacts, such as air emissions and oil in wastewater
  • Reduction in the number, type, and severity of compliance incidents
  • More efficient and controlled operations
  • Cost savings
  • Improved relationships with employees, regulators, systems users, and the public 

ESMS Resources and Trainings

Technical Assistance Final Reports

The following final reports from each completed round of the program provide additional details about each participant’s ESMS and the benefits they achieved from implementing an ESMS: