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Reports to the Legislature

Status Report and Next Steps - This report was presented to the 2013 Legislature as required under Chapter 85 Oregon Laws 2010 Special Session (SB1059). This report was prepared by the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Department of Land Conservation and Development. The report provides a progress update on the Statewide Transportation Strategy, Scenario Planning Guidelines, and Toolkit, produced as part of the Oregon Sustainable Transportation Initiative (OSTI). It also includes recommendations for how the State meet GHG reduction targets set in metropolitan areas as well as the state’s overall goal and comments about whether a different planning framework is needed.

Status Report - This report was presented to the 2014 Legislature as required by Chapter 865, Oregon Laws 2009. The report was prepared by the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Department of Land Conservation and Development in consultation with Metro, the Eugene-Springfield and the Salem-Keizer metropolitan planning organizations to fulfill this commitment.

The 2014 report is the third of a series of three legislatively required reports. The report includes a summary of the rules adopted by the Land Conservation and Development Commission to guide Metro as it develops and selects a preferred land use and transportation scenario to meet their greenhouse gas emissions reduction target; a description of Metro’s completed planning and work remaining to be completed; and agency recommendations on how the scenario planning requirements should be extended to the Eugene-Springfield and Salem-Keizer metropolitan planning organization areas or to cities that have significant levels of commute trips to destinations within metropolitan areas.

Oregon Publications and Reports

ODOT's Climate Change Adaptation Strategy - In 2012, ODOT completed a Climate Change Adaptation Strategy to consider the ways in which ODOT's infrastructure might be vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and develop a plan for dealing with those impacts.

Interim Roadmap to 2020-Oregon Global Warming Commission - October 2010
The Oregon Global Warming Commission’s “Roadmap to 2020” Project offers recommendations for how Oregon can meet its 2020 greenhouse gas reduction goal (“10% below 1990 levels”), get a head start toward its 2050 goal (“at least 75% below 1990 levels”), and build a prosperous, clean-energy-based 21st century state economy.

Oregon Strategy for Greenhouse Gas Reductions
Governor Kulongoski’s 2004 Advisory Group on Global Warming developed this Oregon Strategy for Greenhouse Gas Reduction. The Strategy identifies 46 actions that Oregon can undertake to achieve its greenhouse gas reduction goals.

Freight and Climate Change - Background Paper for the Oregon Freight Plan
This paper, commissioned from Cambridge Systematics, Inc. for the Oregon Freight Plan in 2010, presents an overview of the connections between climate change and freight transportation at the national level and in Oregon specifically. It explores and presents a variety of options the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) can explore to reduce freight-sector GHG emissions in Oregon.

National Publications and Reports

Integration of Climate Change Considerations in Statewide and Regional Transportation Planning - TRB and AMPO, 2009
This report highlights innovative actions and initiatives undertaken by states and metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) to incorporate climate change considerations as part of the transportation planning process. The report provides case studies and proceedings from two panels of state and regional experts. It is part of on-going work for the US Department of Transportation’s Center for Climate Change and Environmental Forecasting and the Federal Highway Administration.

Land Use and Driving: Evidence from Three Recent Reports
This 2010 report from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) presents three case studies which highlight the role compact development can play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Moving Cooler – An Analysis of Transportation Strategies For Reducing Green house Gas Emissions (Executive Summary Only)
This report analyzes the potential contribution of transportation actions and strategies to reduce the amount of vehicle travel or which make changes to the transportation system or services that improve fuel efficiency. Moving Cooler provides information on the effectiveness and costs of almost 50 possible strategies and combinations of strategies that can help shape effective, integrated approaches for reducing GHG emissions nationally, regionally, and locally, while meeting broader transportation objectives. The report looks in most detail at activities related to travel activity and vehicle and system operations.

Driving and the Built Environment - The Effects of Compact Development on Motorized Travel, Energy Use, and Carbon Dioxide Emissions
This 2009 study by the National Research Council examines the relationship between land development patterns and motor vehicle travel in the United States and assesses whether petroleum use, and by extension GHG emissions, could be reduced through changes in the design of development patterns.

Climate Communications and Behavior Change, A Guide for Practitioners
This guidebook draws on extensive global warming, behavior change and communications research to present tools and recommendations for talking with the public about climate change. It includes talking points that have been tested with the public as well as quotes from focus group participants that reflect the attitudes of many Americans about global warming.

FHWA Scenario Planning Guidebook (February 2011)
This Federal Highway Administration guidebook is designed to assist transportation agencies with carrying out a scenario planning process from start to finish. Transportation agencies can use the guidebook as a framework to develop a scenario planning approach tailored to their needs. The guidebook presents the six key phases that agencies are likely to encounter when implementing the scenario planning process.

Transportation’s Role in Reducing U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions - U.S. Department of Transportation, April 2010

Practitioner’s Guide to Incorporating Greenhouse Gas Emissions into the Collaborative Decision-Making Framework
TRB’s second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) S2-C09-RW-2: The Practitioner’s Guide to Incorporating Greenhouse Gas Emissions into the Collaborative Decision-Making Framework presents information on how greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions can be incorporated into transportation planning when using different types of collaborative decision-making approaches.

Other States' Publications and Reports

California Senate Bill 375 – Regional Targets
SB 375 requires California’s Air Resource Board (ARB) to develop regional greenhouse gas emission reduction targets for passenger vehicles. ARB is to establish targets for 2020 and 2035 for each region covered by one of the State's 18 metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs). This website reports progress and efforts underway in California.

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