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Environmental Policy Statement

Washington State Department of Transportation 

On April 7th, 2009, the WSDOT Secretary Paula Hammond signed the revised and updated Environmental Policy Statement (pdf 41 kb).

It supercedes Executive Order E 1018.00 dated September 26, 2001. Although it has a different look than the previous Executive Order, the policy and direction remain the same. The language is updated to be more concise and readable.

The Executive Order directs Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) employees to follow sound environmental protection practices in the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of WSDOT’s transportation systems and facilities. This includes, but is not limited to, pollution prevention, energy conservation, environmental impact avoidance and mitigation, and compliance with environmental laws.
WSDOT is a positive force in support of the state’s efforts to protect and preserve the quality of our environment, support healthy communities and sustainable economic growth, conserve natural resources, and respond to climate change by meeting the greenhouse gas emissions reduction and clean energy economy goals for Washington State.

Summarized responsibilities:

Executive Responsibilities

  • Executives must ensure that environmental compliance plans are current and compliance commitments tracked. 
  • Executives are encouraged to look for opportunities to align the public’s need for a healthy environment and a safe and reliable transportation system.

Employee Responsibilities

  • Each employee must ensure that he or she is familiar with the environmental protection policies and procedures associated with his or her work.
  • Each employee will be proactive in communicating environmental compliance concerns to his or her supervisor and, as appropriate, consulting the region or modal environmental compliance plans.
  • Safety first: Each employee must be familiar with the safety plans for their workplace, site visits, and other safety measures necessary to execute this order.

The executive order (pdf 41 kb) also contains information to carry out the order.