Transportation/Land Use Greenhouse Gas Reduction Toolkit
|The Transportation and Land Use Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reduction Toolkit (Toolkit) is intended primarily to help local jurisdictions identify and explore the kinds of actions and programs which can be implemented to help reduce GHG emissions from transportation. For example, how do parking permit programs impact emissions? What kinds of investments in bike or pedestrian infrastructure are best suited to help achieve local goals? The Categories of the Toolkit include: Pricing; Land Use; Bicycle and Pedestrian; Public Transportation; Transportation Demand Management; Operations/Intelligent Transportation Systems; Capacity Expansion/ Bottleneck Relief; Fleet; and Freight. |
The Toolkit can be used in conjunction with a scenario planning exercise or on its own to explore the potential effectiveness and benefits of different actions and programs.
The Toolkit has several components which can be used together or alone: Database; Modeling and Analysis Tools Report; Case Studies; and a Communications Guide. Each of these components is described in further detail below.
The Toolkit includes a searchable Database of actions and programs with research-backed estimates of GHG emissions reduction potential and cost effectiveness estimates. This can be used to better understand the potential GHG reduction effectiveness of actions or programs a community may want to consider for the following reasons: modeling and analysis for scenario planning; searching for projects to implement; or to see how existing programs and actions have already supported a reduction in emissions, and could be adjusted to get even better results. The Database portion of the Toolkit provides most information in ranges, of which the actual results may vary depending on the characteristics of the community and landscape. For more specific estimates, additional modeling and analysis is needed.
In accordance, the Modeling and Analysis Tools Report summarizes the technical tools currently available to evaluate packages of programs and actions intended to reduce GHG emissions. These tools can be used in conjunction with scenario planning, or for other technical planning exercises.
The Case Studies demonstrate the implementation of some of the actions and programs included in the Database. They are not intended to provide step-by-step guidance on how to implement an action or program, but describe a community’s experience with the action or program. They include information on the community’s size, what prompted the decision to pursue the action or program, and the outcomes.
Lastly, the Toolkit includes a Communications Guide, which provides advice on best practices for talking about climate change.
The Toolkit was developed by the Oregon Department of Transportation and Department of Land Conservation and Development with advice from local jurisdictions and technical experts. The components of the Toolkit are considered "living documents," meaning they will be updated and enhanced overtime. Feedback and suggestions are appreciated and may be submitted via email to the address listed under "Contact Information" below. Each version of the Toolkit will be clearly labeled by the version number (e.g. v 1.0) and the date modified.
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The Toolkit is a component of the Oregon Sustainable Transportation Initiative (OSTI), which was formed to address the requirements of Sentate Bill 1059 (2010).
|Links and Resources|
|Metro's Toolbox and Climate Smart Communities Project |
Portland Metro has created a Climate Smart Communities Strategy Toolbox which reviews the latest research on greenhouse gas emissions reduction strategies and the benefits they can bring. Much of the source material is the same that used to create ODOT's GHG Reduction Database, but it is presented in a narrative form.
More information on Metro’s Climate Smart Communities Scenarios Project can be found on their website. http://www.oregonmetro.gov/climatescenarios request or to give you access to your subscription profile.
This handbook by the Oregon Transportation and Growth Management Program offers step-by-step guidelines to help communities reduce their carbon footprint through land use, transportation, and community design strategies. The handbook won a national excellence award from the American Planning Association for taking a complex topic and presenting it in a reader-friendly manner. http://www.oregon.gov/LCD/TGM/docs/coolplanninghandbook1312011.pdf
Transportation and Growth Management Publications
Oregon's Transportation and Growth Management Program (TGM) supports community efforts to expand transportation choices for people. By linking land use and transportation planning, TGM works in partnership with local governments to create vibrant, livable places in which people can walk, bike, take transit or drive where they want to go. Visit the TGM website for TGM publications, many of which relate to Toolkit Categories and are referenced as resources in the Database. http://www.oregon.gov/LCD/TGM/publications.shtml
|If you have suggestions for additions or changes to any of the Toolkit components, we welcome your input. Please send your comments or questions to: ODOTGHGToolkit@odot.state.or.us. |