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Sustainable Transportation: Why WSDOT does it

Set of photos featuring WSDOT's sustainable practices.

Both the Legislature and the Governor's office have given WSDOT strategic support and guidance to lead some of the state's most significant efforts related to sustainability. Accordingly, WSDOT has developed a range of initiatives and emphasis areas that align with the goals set forth by our state's leaders.

Results Washington
Governor Inslee’s Results Washington includes indicators of success for five goal areas. WSDOT is directly responsible for some actions that support indicators related to clean transportation, and sustainable and efficient infrastructure. WSDOT will also contribute to other goals such as quality of life, vibrant communities, clean and restored habitat, and healthy air and water.

Executive Orders and legislative action
Governor’s Executive Order 14-04 (pdf 89 kb) directs state agencies to reduce carbon emissions and improve energy independence. WSDOT is directed to encourage electrical vehicle (EV) use, expand the EV network, and improve multimodal planning to chart the path to a “multimodal, coordinated, cost-effective, safe and low-carbon transportation system.”

The Governor's office has also demonstrated support for telework programs in our state. Executive Order 14-02 (pdf 65 kb) designates WSDOT as a lead agency in helping develop a successful, innovative and robust telework program. 

WSDOT is similarly directed by the Legislature to lead the state's efforts to maintain a successful Commute Trip Reduction program, another example of the state's commitment to sustainable transportation. State legislators have enacted several other laws in recent years that call for the state to achieve a range of goals related to sustainability.

Results WSDOT
WSDOT’s strategic plan Results WSDOT frames future agency actions to ensure WSDOT is the leader in providing a sustainable, integrated and multimodal transportation system. Results WSDOT provides a clear roadmap that links six goals (pdf 916 kb) with a pathway to achieve them.

Practical Solutions
A two-part strategy that includes least cost planning and practical design, Practical Solutions enables more flexible and sustainable transportation investment decisions. Practical Solutions principles support WSDOT’s strategic goals to implement projects and programs that save money, improve conditions for travelers and communities, and integrate all modes of transportation. The Sustainable Transportation Action Plan (pdf 210 kb) can inform WSDOT’s practical solutions efforts and reinforce the delivery of multiple benefits of transportation investments.

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Seth Stark