The Oregon Sustainable Transportation Initiative is an integrated statewide effort to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transportation but it is more than that. Our transportation system is linked to both economic activity and the energy we use to drive the system. OSTI seeks to reduce GHG but in doing so it must address how the energy landscape is changing, how we will continue to power transportation and sustain a strong economy while creating healthier, more livable communities and greater economic opportunity for all Oregonians. The effort is the result of several bills passed by the Oregon Legislature, which have been crafted to help the state meet its 2050 goal of reducing GHG by 75 percent below 1990 levels.
OSTI is being led by several state agencies: the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Department of Land Conservation and Development, in consultation with the Department of Environmental Quality, the Oregon Department of Energy, and many stakeholder committees made up of businesspeople, elected officials and residents of communities across the state.
The 2010 Oregon Legislature passed Senate Bill 1059, a statewide, comprehensive bill aimed at reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transportation. SB 1059 names the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development as the lead agencies in implementing its requirements. ODOT and DLCD are to:
- Coordinate and consult with stakeholders, local governments, Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and other state agencies to develop a state-level strategy to reduce greenhouse gases from transportation.
- Develop a toolkit to assist local governments and MPOs in reducing greenhouse gases from transportation.
- Develop guidelines for scenario planning, and provide information to LCDC to set transportation-related greenhouse gas reduction targets for areas served by metropolitan planning organizations.
- Conduct outreach and education to the public.
- Work with local governments within areas served by an MPO to consider what actions they might take, transportation-wise, to reduce greenhouse gases in the short-term.
- ORS 468A.205 – Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions Goals
- HB 2001 (2009)
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