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Sustainability Program

Sustainability is an ODOT priority that guides our decision-making. Our managers and section crews routinely look for ways to utilize sustainable products and fuels, reduce energy and water consumption, reuse and recycle materials and equipment. Sustainable practices are also incorporated into how ODOT plans, designs and builds transportation programs and projects. Agency actions have increased efficiencies, lowered costs, and lessened the impact on the environment.

The Sustainability Program works to reduce the Agency’s operational greenhouse gas emissions. The Sustainability Plan is a guiding document that challenges staff to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agency operations among many other metrics. Each year, an annual Sustainability Progress Report is published to share where improvements have been made as well as shortcomings (the most recent annual reports are provided below). Program staff also routinely collaborate with other divisions to instill an environmental ethos throughout the agency. Such actions come in the form of sharing success stories, identifying opportunities for improvement as well as project management or consultation.

What We're Working On

  • Led by the Sustainability Program, ODOT completed a multi-year greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory to better understand the agency’s operations and maintenance GHG emissions. Based on the GHG inventory, the Sustainability Program is in the process of partnering with divisions across the agency to implement over 40 recommendations that reduce ODOT’s carbon footprint. The current list of suggestions was made by an advisory group of internal and external subject matter experts. Information sheets on specific topics, like environmental product declarations and fleet decarbonization, are available upon request. 
  • ODOT’s Sustainability Plan is getting an update! The latest version of ODOT’s Sustainability Plan was published six years ago. Updating the plan will allow the agency to reassess priorities and focus efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across internal operations.
  • New legislation from HB 4139 will be implemented in collaboration with ODOT’s Construction Section. The bill requires ODOT to collect environmental product declarations (EPDs) for materials used to construct and maintain the state transportation system (i.e., asphalt, cement concrete, steel). EPDs are similar to nutrition labels for food products, they state the environmental impacts of a product to aid in GHG accounting and product selection.
More Information

  • Transportation Options: ODOT encourages the public and its employees to maximize their transportation options for commuting and all travel activities. ODOT's goal is to reduce single occupancy vehicle trips and lower the vehicle miles traveled from commute and other vehicle trips.
  • The Sustainability Program also provides required updates to the Oregon Sustainability Board every two years. The Oregon Sustainability Board was created in 2001 under the Oregon Sustainability Act, and encourages activities that best sustain, protect and enhance the environment, economy, and community for the present and future benefit of Oregonians. The Governor appoints Board members who represent a variety of stakeholders in Oregon.
  • Social equity and workforce development are essential components in the creation of a sustainable transportation system that makes access to the system and employment opportunities available for all demographics and all geographic areas of the state.​

  • ODOT’s Office of Civil Rights is committed to ensuring Oregon small business enterprises have the opportunity to contract across all of our business lines. We administer and implement a wide variety of state and federally funded programs to build the capacity of small business to compete for ODOT contracts in order to advance the economy and strengthen communities across the state.​​

ODOT has a guidebook​ available to inform transportation departments of the process for developing solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in the highway right-of-way. The goal is to help others navigate the process toward a successful solar installation by providing step-by-step information, case studies and additional resources. The information presented in the guidebook is based on ODOT’s experience​ developing the Oregon Solar Highway Program as well as industry best practices.

​In 2008, ODOT began updating its Sustainability Plan into a comprehensive framework for sustainably managing ODOT's operations. The goals, strategies and performance measures are divided into seven focus areas: 

  • Health and Safety 
  • Social Responsibility/Workforce Well-Being and Development 
  • Environmental Stewardship 
  • Land Use and Infrastructure 
  • Energy/Fuel Use and Climate Change 
  • Material Resource Flows 
  • Economic Health

Sustainability Plan Volume I: Provides the context for the overall plan and the vision and framework for ODOT's sustainability goals and strategies. 

Sustainability Plan Volume II​: Sets goals, strategies and performance measures for ODOT's internal operations.

​ODOT has goals to increase the use of environmentally-friendly products as outlined in the Sustainability Plan. We are setting policies and best practices that will increase awareness and guide the use of more recycled and non-toxic products. Changes are also being made to our procurement options through vendors to enhance the use of recycled products. These steps are consistent with the Sustainability Plan and Governor’s Executive Orders. The Department of Administrative Services has also developed a Statewide Policy on Green Chemistry Procurement Guidelines​ to support this effort.

​Annual progress reports describe sustainable projects underway at ODOT and show the progress the agency is making towards goals and performance measures outlined in the Sustainability Plan.

2021 Sustainability Progress Report​​
2020 Sustainability Progress Report
2019 Sustainability Progress Report​​
2018 Sustainability Progress Report​​
2017 Sustainability Progress Report
2016 Sustainability Progress Report


Email Zechariah Heck
Program Manager
Telephone 503-779-4815