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"There is no way to talk about climate change without also talking about transportation. We can all agree about that. The disagreements start when the question becomes: can we have both more transportation and fewer emissions? The answer is yes. Rebuilding out transportation infrastructure is a win in the fight against carbon because we will not just repair roads and bridges, we will invest in the most green, sustainable, multi-modal, energy efficient transportation in the country."
- Governor Kulongoski, State of the State Speech, January 12, 2009

Transportation and Climate Change
The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) recognizes the importance of both climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies. Currently, ODOT is developing and implementing strategies that will minimize its greenhouse gas emissions from both its internal operations and the overall transportation system. Additionally, as climate change begins to impact Oregon, ODOT will need to adapt its transportation systems and infrastructure.

Internal Climate Change Groups

ODOT Climate Change Executive Group
The Climate Change Executive Group is comprised of senior executive staff, the purpose of which is to provide overall direction within ODOT regarding the interrelationship of greenhouse gas production, global climate change, and the planning and operation of Oregon’s transportation systems. This group provides a forum for discussion as to the work and activities of other internal committees and the impacts it has on the agency and their responsibilities as will as oversight to the ODOT Climate Change Technical Advisory Committee.

ODOT Climate Change Adaptation Work Group

 The Climate Change Adaptation Work Group (TAC) purpose is to develop an understanding of the implications of climate change initiatives to the agency and its work. This group also provides credible technical advice regarding the interrelationship of greenhouse gas production, climate change, and the planning and operation of Oregon’s transportation systems, as well as the potential impacts of climate change on transportation infrastructure.
The overall goals of the Climate Change Adaptation Work Group are:

  1. Communication – develop a communication plan, tools, and a consistent message for ODOT regarding climate change.
  2. Research and Data Gaps – identify research needs and data gaps, provide recommendations to management on research needed.
  3. Policy Development and Feedback – provide technical support as needed to Executive Staff for policy development; provide feedback on proposed laws and regulations regarding climate change.
  4. Develop Agency Guidance as Needed –  provide technical expertise to ODOT or to particular sections or divisions of ODOT in developing guidance, procedures, or training manuals.
  5. Information Exchange – a forum in which ODOT staff from diverse backgrounds share ideas and information on various climate change initiatives. The CC TAC meetings are a place to brainstorm, explore new concepts and discuss challenges.