Starting in 2008, ODOT began updating its Sustainability Plan, into a three-volume comprehensive framework for sustainably managing ODOT’s internal and external operations. The goals, strategies, and performance measures for this Sustainability Plan are divided into seven focus areas:
- Health and Safety
- Social Responsibility/ Workforce Well-Being and Development
- Environmental Stewardship
- Land Use and Infrastructure
- Energy/ Fuel Use and Climate Change
- Material Resource Flows
- Economic Health
ODOT’s Sustainability Plan Volume I of the ODOT Sustainability Plan was adopted by the Oregon Transportation Commission and approved by the ODOT Director in September 2008. This volume provides the context for the overall plan; and the vision and framework for ODOT’s sustainability goals and strategies.
ODOT’s Sustainability Plan Volume II, reviewed by the Oregon Transportation Commission and approved by Director Garrett for adoption in fall 2010, sets goals, strategies, and performance measures for ODOT’s internal operations, such as its facilities and fleet. The goals established in the plan represent the roadmap to implementing sustainability throughout ODOT. Goals in this plan are specific to the focus areas and represent both long-term and short-term objectives. Many of the goals reflect existing statewide objectives such as the governor’s energy efficiency goals, the Renewable Energy Action Plan goals, and the greenhouse gas reduction goals of ORS 468A.200-226. In other cases, ODOT managers in consultation with the Sustainability Council developed the goals for the specific focus areas. Although the agency may not achieve every goal, simply by focusing attention on trying to achieve the goal, ODOT is moving beyond a business-as-usual scenario. Examples of some of ODOT’s goals include:
- Increase the use of alternative fuels and electric vehicles in the ODOT fleet.
- Reduce the amount of waste generated by our facilities.
- Decrease greenhouse gas emissions from our overall operations.
Volume III, yet to be completed, focuses on the goals and strategies for management and operation of the statewide transportation system, including the parts owned and operated by regional and local jurisdictions and the private sector.
The delivery of more sustainable projects is a piece of Volume III and ODOT convened a Sustainability in Project Delivery Committee in 2010 to focus on the sustainable management and delivery of ODOT projects, including defining sustainability for Project Delivery, communicating about the current sustainable practices in highway design and construction, and determining the best tools to manage and implement sustainability within individual projects.