ITR Concession Company LLC’s (ITRCC) goal of operating a world-class toll road in an environmentally responsible and sustainable fashion is rooted in its commitment to help improve the communities it serves. ITRCC accomplishes this by maintaining a long- term perspective in all aspects of its business. ITRCC takes an agile approach to continuous improvement and always strives to identify and employ innovative technologies and operational strategies to enhance the effectiveness of ITRCC’s positive environmental and social impacts.
Here are just a few of the sustainability initiatives ITRCC has been a part of:
ITRCC employees planted 700 trees along the Indiana Toll Road in 2017. Trees not only provide a valuable offset to carbon emissions, but at the same time provide a natural snow fence during winter weather and reduce the overall need for environmentally damaging operations. The carbon dioxide sequestered by these 700 trees annually will be equivalent to 15.2 metric tons, or:
• 3.2 passenger vehicles driven for one year
• 36,527 miles driven by an average passenger vehicle
• 1,715 gallons of gasoline consumed
• 16,263 pounds of coal burned
• 35.3 barrels of oil consumed
• 14.4 acres of U.S. forests for one year
In 2016 ITRCC replaced 695 high- pressure sodium cobrahead roadway lights with energy efficient LED fixtures. Annual energy savings = 456,762 kWh. LED light provides a cleaner, brighter light than other bulbs, while consuming substantially less energy. LED fixtures are more durable than conventional fixtures and require less maintenance. Better light, fewer outages and less maintenance provide a safer environment for ITRCC customers and employees.
In 2017, ITRCC replaced 418 1000w high mast fixtures in parking lots and plazas with 262 LED fixtures with an annual energy savings of 940,295 kWh. ITRCC also replaced 400-watt metal halide fixtures in ITRCC’s maintenance and salt storage buildings with 170- watt-LED fixtures with an annual energy savings of 396,266 kWh.
Total electricity savings from LED replacement-1, 793, 323 kWh annually. This is equivalent to 1260 metric tons of carbon dioxide every year*, or:
• 266 passenger vehicles driven for one year
• 3,020,516 miles driven by an average passenger vehicle
• 141,814 gallons of gasoline consumed
• 1,344,865 pounds of coal burned
• 2,918 barrels of oil consumed
• 400 tons of waste recycled instead of landfill
*According to the EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator