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Transportation and Climate Change

Planning for Climate Change

The Oregon Department of Transportation is working to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases emitted through our operation and management of the state's transportation system. We are collaborating with others to develop innovative responses, minimizing energy use, increasing fuel efficiency and use of low carbon fuels, and supporting multi-modal transportation systems.

ODOT is also planning for the impacts of climate change on the transportation system (known as adaptation) and increasing transportation resilience through research, pilot studies and strategic projects.

Climate Change Contact Matrix

Many parts of ODOT are working on climate change-related issues. This list includes the various programs and groups involved, and is organized into three tables: program-related activities, internal/external networks and committees, and measures and tools.

Climate Change Contact Matrix

Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Transportation Sources

The Oregon Sustainable Transportation Initiative, or OSTI, is an integrated statewide effort to reduce greenhouse gas, or GHG, emissions from transportation while creating healthier, more livable communities and greater economic opportunity.

ODOT provides leadership on OSTI through development and implementation of the Statewide Transportation Strategy, or STS. The STS is a state-level scenario planning effort that examines all aspects of the transportation system, including the movement of people and goods, and identifies a combination of strategies to reduce GHG emissions. The STS identifies a variety of effective GHG emissions reduction strategies in transportation systems, vehicle and fuel technologies, and urban land use patterns.

ODOT is also taking steps to reduce emissions from operating our internal fleet. This is important since we manage and maintain the statewide highway system and have one of the largest and most active vehicle fleets. ODOT has made great strides to increase the number of alternative fuel vehicles available, reduce diesel truck idling, and increase the use of alternative fuels, such as biodiesel. To find out more on our efforts in this area refer to the Sustainability Progress Reports.

Climate Change Adaptation

The impacts from climate change on our transportation system are projected to increase this century — and ODOT wants to be ready. Through adaptation planning and research we are taking the steps necessary to be prepared. Climate impacts on transportation can include: extreme storms events and flooding, rising sea levels and storm surge, coastal erosion and landslides, and higher temperatures and wildfire risks. ODOT is developing strategies to make the transportation system more resilient to these hazards.

ODOT’s Sustainability Program is leading the agency in adaptation research and planning. Our Adaptation Work Group is a cross agency team of managers and subject experts who help set agency priorities and provides technical guidance for adaptation planning work items.

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