Sound Transit light rail station gets environmental recognition

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SEATTLE — Sound Transit’s newest light rail station at Angle Lake has received the leadership energy and environmental design gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, the transit agency recently announced.

The gold status recognizes projects that use sustainable practices in the design and construction of facilities. The Angle Lake facility is equipped with a 60-panel, 14-kilowatt solar array on its platform canopy that provides up to 18,000 kilowatt-hours of power per year. The station’s escalators also reduce speed to conserve energy during off-peak travel times. Other energy conservation efforts include four charging stations for electric vehicles and LED lighting.

Agency officials hope to secure similar certifications from the council as it builds its Eastside operations and maintenance facility, and other light rail station projects.

The U.S. Green Building Council evaluates building projects for energy savings efforts through its leadership energy and environmental design, or LEED program.

The Angle Lake station is the southern terminus of the agency's Central Link line, which serves the SeaTac Airport, downtown Seattle, and the University of Washington to the north.

See the news release online.

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