What is the Climate Action Plan?
ODOT is developing a Climate Action Plan to help Oregon achieve a cleaner transportation future and address the impacts of climate change and extreme weather on the transportation system. It will be ODOT’s 5-year plan to address the impacts of climate change in Oregon. Specifically, the plan will include actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation, improve climate justice and make the transportation system more resilient to extreme weather events.
Why do we need a Climate Action Plan?
Climate is a critical lens by which ODOT will make decisions and investments, balanced alongside other important considerations like equity, safety, and the economy. ODOT recognizes of the importance of reducing carbon emissions from transportation and the impacts climate is having on moving people and goods in the state.
Climate change poses a huge threat to Oregon’s economy, environment, and way of life. The evidence is stark: wildfires, flooding, landslides, and other extreme weather have damaged our roads, destroyed homes, and cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars each year. Greenhouse gas emissions accelerate climate change, and in Oregon greenhouse gases from transportation make up approximately 40% of total greenhouse gas emissions.
The ODOT Climate Office was formed in recognition of the importance of reducing carbon emissions from transportation and the impacts climate is having on moving people and goods in the state. The ODOT Climate Office will identify and pursue actions that reduce transportation GHG emissions and the agency's carbon footprint, and help the agency prepare for and respond to the impacts of climate and extreme weather.
What is in the Climate Action Plan?
The plan is specific to ODOT and will only address actions that are under the authority of ODOT to put in place. The plan will not include actions under the authority of other state agencies or local jurisdictions.
What ODOT can do
- Reduce ODOT’s carbon footprint from projects and construction.
- Design transportation infrastructure to withstand extreme weather events.
- Target investments for walking, bicycling and public transit.
- Expand electric transportation electrification and support electric vehicle adoption.
- Improve the transportation system to make vehicles travel more efficiently.
- More information about the plan can be found in the Climate Action Plan overview.
Categories of Actions
The Climate Action Plan will contain actions across a variety of categories. More details on the potential actions under each category can be found in Climate Actions under Consideration- ODOT 5-Year Climate Action Plan.
Policy, Investments, Equity & Engagement
- Solidify long-term commitment to climate in agency policy and decision making.
- Form cooperative agreements with state agencies and support local jurisdictions to collaboratively pursue climate actions.
- Invest in community capacity building to enhance public engagement in decision making
- Engrain climate justice and equity into the agency’s policy framework
- Support electrification of the transportation system to increase the amount of electric vehicles on our roads.
- Seek additional funding to support walking and bicycling infrastructure, and expand public transit service.
- Educate Oregonians about the benefits of alternative modes of transportation, like walking, bicycling or public transit.
- Improve the efficiency of the existing transportation system to make it more reliable.
- Implement pricing actions to manage demand and recover the full cost of travel and environmental impacts of roadways.
Adaptation, Sustainability & Monitoring
- Make the transportation system more resilient and respond to impacts of climate change and reduce ODOT’s emissions and carbon footprint.
- Monitoring progress towards our climate goals and incorporate climate performance measures into agency decisions.