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ODOT Sustainability Plan

Goals of ODOT's Sustainability Plan

ODOT’s first Sustainability Plan was completed in 2004. This plan built on the environmental and sustainable activities already going on in the agency and set three goals:

  1. Renew the vision of a balanced, multimodal transportation system that includes sustainability considerations in the update of the Oregon Transportation Plan (OTP).
  2. Implement the Oregon Transportation Investment Act (OTIA) III State Bridge Delivery Program construction projects in a sustainable manner.
  3. Develop an ODOT maintenance yard Environmental Management System.

ODOT has implemented these three goals. Sustainability concepts were integrated into the 2006 update of the OTP, by including a sustainability goal and incorporating sustainability concepts in the other goals. The OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Program was delivered using Context Sensitive and Sustainable Solutions (CS3). An Environmental Management System (EMS) has been created for ODOT’s maintenance yards, guiding staff in managing the storage, use and disposal of different kinds of materials.

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Sustainability Plan (Volumes I and II)

 Starting in 2008, ODOT began updating its Sustainability Plan, into a comprehensive framework for sustainably managing ODOT’s 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

Volume I

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.

Volume II

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 Oregon Department of Energy's Sustainability efforts, 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.

ODOT started work on a Third Volume on the plan focused on the goals and strategies for management and operation of the statewide transportation system. Development of this plan is currently on hold. 

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.

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Progress Reports

Annual Progress Reports describe some of the sustainable projects occurring at ODOT and progress the agency is making towards the goals outlined in the Sustainability Plan.

2016 Sustainability Progress Report​
2015 Sustainability Progress Report   

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