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  • Supporting Oregon's economy and quality of life
    Rogue River
    The Oregon Department of Transportation is a leader in sustainability planning and initiatives. Our Sustainability Program assists staff in carefully managing activities and assets so we can sustain access to essential goods and services.
  • Federal highway chief breaks ground on Oregon's newest solar highway project
    Solar panels at ODOT's first solar highway project south of Portland.
    Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez joined the Oregon Department of Transportation and representatives from public and private partner organizations to break ground this morning for Oregon's second solar highway project. When complete, the new solar array at the Baldock Rest Areas on Interstate 5 north near Wilsonville will produce nearly 9 percent of ODOT's power needs in the Portland General Electric service area.
  • Great sustainability opporunities for your office!
    recycling
    As a large state agency, ODOT employees use a lot of office supplies, it's just a part of doing business, but there are things we can do to minimize the environmental and economic impacts of our office supplies usage. The ODOT Procurement Office is helping the agency find ways to reduce the impacts of these supplies from eliminating extra packaging to the use of recycled content paper to reducing the number of supply deliveries per week.
  • Video of Elk Creek Tunnel Lighting Project
    Elk Creek Tunnel Induction Lighting Project
    One great example of an innovative project that exemplifies integrating sustainability into the business of ODOT is the Elk Creek Tunnel demonstration project in Region 3. This project highlights the co-benefit opportunities that exist with sustainable projects; in this case the region was able to reduce operations and maintenance costs while increasing energy efficiency. By replacing the High Pressure Sodium lighting fixtures with induction lighting fixtures and permanently removing 136 fixtures, the region has reduced the annual energy use in the tunnel by 52%.
  • 2012 ODOT Sustainability Progress Report is Now Available
    2011 Sustainability Progress Report
    The 2012 ODOT Progress Report is now available!! The ODOT Sustainability Program publishes an annual progress report to highlight accomplishments and progress on the performance measures and goals outlined in Volume II of ODOT's Sustainability Plan. Read the report to find out about some of the great ways ODOT and its employees are sustainable!
  • ODOT installs electric vehicle charging stations
    OTC Commission Chair Gail Achterman gets behind the wheel of ODOT's Nissan Leaf
    Work is now complete on two electric vehicle charging stations for ODOT facilities. The stations will charge the five Nissan Leaf electric vehicles ODOT purchased and provide a sustainable transportation choice for business travel.
Sustainability at ODOT Spotlight
What is Sustainability?
For ODOT sustainability means balancing economic, environmental and community well-being in a manner that protects the needs of current and future generations.
Sustainable Transportation System
A sustainable transportation system provides people with transportation choices, while addressing environmental and community needs.
Livable Communities
ODOT's programs support economically vibrant and livable communities, where people have a variety of transportation choices and are better connected to essential services.
Sustainability in Project Delivery
Working to design and construct projects in a sustainable manner.
EcoDrive
EcoDriving is a method of driving which improves your fuel economy and reduces vehicle emissions. It can also extend the life of your vehicle and improve the safety of everyone using the road.
 
Making progress 
 
The 2013 ODOT Sustainability Program Progress Report is now out! This report describes some the projects and progress ODOT divisions and sections have made toward ensuring a sustainable future for Oregon.
Sustainability News
There are many sustainability projects going on at ODOT from installing electric vehicle charging stations to partnering with other organizations to plant trees.
Sustainability Plan
A Sustainable Workplace
Ever wonder what your role is in implementing sustainability at the office? Well, there are many ways you, as an employee, can contribute to a sustainable workplace, from reducing energy use to increasing recycling to using alternative commuting options.
Employee Transportation Options