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Every Mile Counts

A Multi-Agency Approach to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and implementing the Statewide Transportation Strategy: A 2050 Vision for Greenhouse Gas Reduction.

In 2019, Governor Brown directed the Oregon Department of Transportation, Department of Land Conservation and Development, Department of Environmental Quality, and Department of Energy to collaborate and identify specific actions to help the state get back on track with the Oregon Statewide Transportation Strategy: A 2050 Vision For Greenhouse Gas Reduction vision. In 2020, the Governor boosted Oregon’s goals in Executive Order 20-04 to reduce pollution to at least 45 percent below 1990 emissions levels by 2035 and to at least 80 percent below 1990 emissions by 2050.

STS Multi-Agency Implementation Work Plan

In response to this direction the four agencies worked together to develop a Statewide Transportation Strategy (STS) Multi-Agency Implementation Work Plan for June 2020-June 2022 to make progress toward the Strategy’s vision. The plan focuses on objectives and priority actions that can benefit from collaborative relationships and programs already established among the agencies. 

The four agencies are committed to undertaking the actions and tasks in the work plan in support of reducing statewide greenhouse gas emissions from transportation and to bring Oregon closer to achieving the emission reduction goals. This Work Plan is the start of an ongoing initiative called “Every Mile Counts,” that focuses on reducing transportation GHG emissions and implementing the STS through reducing vehicle miles traveled, increasing use of cleaner vehicles and fuels, and integrating consideration of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions into decision making.

This Work Plan complements existing agency efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and, because the Strategy is not enough to reach the goals in Executive Order 20-04, the four agencies recognize that more must be done. The agencies will revisit the work plan as needed to address unforeseen opportunities and challenges and make necessary adjustments to this document. At the end of the two year period, the agencies will develop a new work plan which is likely to include a continuation of some of the actions but also new actions to reduce transportation’s carbon footprint and to demonstrate an ongoing and long-term commitment to addressing Oregon’s climate crisis.

STS Multi-Agency Implementation Work Plan (2020-2022)

STS Multi-Agency Implementation Work Plan Appendix

Summary of Public Comments

Memorandum of Understanding

One Year Update on Progress

In response to the Governor’s Office request for progress implementing Executive Order 20-04 to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, ODOT, DOE, DEQ, and DLCD have collaboratively developed a report on the Every Mile Counts Work Plan to demonstrate the progress achieved between March 2020 and March 2021.The report describes the cooperative agreement and level of commitment between agencies, efforts to engrain equity in the Every Mile Counts work, and an explanation of the progress achieved to date for each action in the work plan.

Progress has been made on each of the Every Mile Counts actions in the plan since it was initiated. The actions in the work plan are advancing and currently on track for completion. Some actions have already resulted in work products, while others are just getting started. Many of the actions strengthen existing state priorities and participation in national emissions reduction partnerships. All of the actions in the work plan are critical components on the path to reduce transportation emissions in Oregon. Each of the agencies is working to complete the individual and collaborative responsibilities as part of their commitment to climate action and emissions reduction.

STS Implementation Progress Report


Understanding and Addressing Equity

ODOT, DEQ, DLCD and ODOE are committed to advancing equitable outcomes for communities in Oregon as part of the Every Mile Counts work to implement the Statewide Transportation Strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation. To center equity in the Every Mile Counts work and provide agencies with a greater understanding of equity impacts, the agencies hosted a series of Equity Engagement Workshops to collectively gather input and guidance from equity and climate justice stakeholders around the state. The purpose of the workshops was to listen and understand the needs and priorities of diverse communities, build upon past conversations and relationships between agencies and stakeholders, provide foundational information, and identify equity-focused principles and outcomes that can be applied to the Every Mile Counts actions.

To ensure the Every Mile Counts commitment to equity is realized, the partner-agencies used feedback gathered to develop a set of Equity Guiding Principles for the partnership. These guiding principles establish decision-making criteria for agencies to consider throughout implementation of Every Mile Counts actions to ensure meaningful progress is made toward achieving Oregon’s greenhouse gas reduction goals while also advancing social equity and environmental justice objectives.

EMC Equity Workshop Summary Report

Equity Guiding Principles

Priority Efforts


Transportation Electrification Infrastructure Needs Analysis (TEINA) Study

In March 2020, Governor Brown signed Executive Order 20-04 which, among other things, directed ODOT to conduct a statewide transportation electrification infrastructure needs analysis to facilitate the transition to Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs) in support of the statewide adoption targets set forth in Senate Bill 1044 (2019).  The TEINA study focuses on the infrastructure needs for the sizable and critically important Light Duty Vehicle (LDV) sector, but also includes a high-level overview of the charging landscape for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, transit and school buses and micro-mobility vehicles such as e-bikes and e-scooters. 

Across all sectors, the study highlighted an extraordinary need for charging infrastructure growth, in both the long term to meet Oregon's 2035 ZEV goals but also in the next four years.  To fill the ​infrastructure gaps identified and accelerate infrastructure deployment across all use cases, the study highlights a number of overall infrastructure goals. ​

Overall Infrastructure Goals:

  1. Rapid Deployment of Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure
  2. Equitable and Accessible Infrastructure
  3. User-Friendly, Convenient, Safe and Consistent Charging Experience
  4. Lowe Electric Fueling Costs for Consumers and Fleets
  5. Utility Engagement in Electric Vehicle Charging Statewide
  6. Foundational Policies and Resources

To achieve these goals, policies and implementation priorities that can be undertaken by state agencies, utilities, Electric Vehicle charging service providers, the private sector, non-profit organizations, local jurisdictions and the legislature are identified. 

More detailed information about the TEINA study, including recordings, presentations and fact sheets can be found on the TEINA website.​

2021 Zero Emission Vehicle Interagency Action Plan

In Oregon, driving an electric vehicle reduces greenhouse gas emissions by half to over 95 percent, depending on the resources used to generate the electricity fueling the vehicle. Supporting adoption of Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs) requires increasing access to vehicles and fueling infrastructure, such as electric vehicle chargers, for all Oregonians. The Zero Emission Vehicle Interagency Action Plan was developed to identify short-term collaborative actions state agencies will be taking in the coming year to further support transportation electrification in Oregon. The Every Mile Counts agencies, in collaboration with the Zero Emission Vehicle Interagency Working Group, are working together to provide information and resources to ensure people and businesses are informed about the benefits of ZEVs and the state programs that provide support for those ready to go electric.

​Read the 2021 ZEV Interagency Action Plan.

You can learn more on the Zero Emission Vehicle Interagency Working Group website.​​

Every Mile Counts Equitable Outcomes for Transportation Electrification

Medium and Heavy-Duty Truck Alternative Fuels Study

The alternative fuels study is being done to support the adoption of cleaner fuels to reduce lifecycle and tailpipe emissions. The data collected in this study will inform policy, incentive needs, and provide metrics to evaluate fleet changes and reduction in greenhouse gases, through adoption of cleaner fuels. 
The study creates a baseline for Oregon fleets by surveying their current understanding about alternative fuels and the barriers they face as they shift from dirtier technologies. The study will then provide these fleets with information that supports conversion by removing technical barriers and existing incentives (grant funds, CFP credits).

The survey portion was completed by over 200 fleet representatives from 13 different sectors and is currently being reviewed in concert with the MHD fleet data for Oregon for both 2019 and 2020. 
You can learn more on the study website.

Clean Truck Rules 2021

DEQ plans to propose new medium- and heavy-duty diesel engine standards adopted in California.  Oregon is one of the Section 177 states that has opted in to California’s vehicle and truck emission standards. This rulemaking is proposing to adopt by reference a few of California’s rules including:

The Advanced Clean Trucks rule, which would require manufacturers of medium- and heavy- duty vehicles to sell a certain percentage of zero emission vehicles based on their overall sales.  The requirements affect Class 2b-Class 8 trucks beginning with the 2024 vehicle model year.
The Heavy Duty Low NOx Omnibus rules which would require heavy duty vehicle manufacturers to comply with tougher NOx emission standards, overhaul engine testing procedures and further extend engine warranties to ensure NOx emissions are reduced.

You can learn more on the rulemaking website​.

Commute Options 2021

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is leading an effort to strengthen existing rules and develop new ones that would require large employers in some areas of Oregon to provide incentives for employees to reduce their drive-alone commutes to work. Employer-based commute option programs bring multiple benefits to air quality, workers and employers. DEQ implements an Employee Commute Option program in the Portland metropolitan area and DEQ’s calculations show that commute options like using transit, biking and telecommuting can keep tens to tens of thousands of tons of greenhouse gasses, smog forming pollutants, and toxic air contaminants out of the air each year. 

In 2020, DEQ has been working with ODOT’s Transportation Options Program, transit districts, transportation management agencies and nonprofit organizations who support voluntary commute option programs across the state. Commute option programs all over Oregon help workers get to work safely and conveniently each day. DEQ will be convening a rulemaking advisory committee that will meet over the summer of 2021. The committee will help DEQ revise and develop rules to strengthen and expand employee commute options. DEQ will hold public comment on proposed rules in late fall of 2021 and present proposed rules to the Environmental Quality Commission early in 2022. ​

You can learn more on the rulemaking website.  If you’d like to be kept informed about the Commute Options rulemaking, sign up for updates here​

In September 2020, the Land Conservation and Development Commission directed DLCD to draft rules to help cities in Oregon reduce climate pollution while improving equity. That rulemaking will focus on significantly strengthening Oregon’s administrative rules about transportation and housing planning, particularly for Oregon's eight urban areas with populations over 50,000 people (Albany, Bend, Corvallis, Eugene/Springfield, Grants Pass, Medford/Ashland, Portland Metro, and Salem/Keizer). Some of the rule changes may apply to communities outside those areas. The Climate-Friendly and Equitable Communities Rulemaking process is advised by a diverse committee of over 40 community members, including representatives from the eight areas. 

Learn more and how to get involved at the rulemaking website​.


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Key Objectives

  • Reduce vehicle miles traveled per capita
  • Support use of cleaner vehicles and fuels
  • Consider greenhouse gas emissions in decision-making