Secretary turns over a new LEAF for WSDOT
A day in the life of Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson is measured in numbers – billion-dollar budgets, materials by the ton and schedules into the 2020s.
Of all the numbers that cross her desk in Olympia, the ones she enjoys seeing most come in kilowatts, such as the 24 kwh lithium ion batteries that charge WSDOT’s new all-electric vehicle, and zeros, the amount of gas it uses and carbon it emits.
The secretary recently took her first spin around the Capitol Campus in Headquarters’ new Nissan LEAF, the first of six plug-in electric vehicles coming to WSDOT. With a push of a button, she took an efficient step toward meeting legislative directive to switch the state’s fleet of vehicles to hybrids, EVs and other low- or no-emission alternatives.
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New tool INVEST-igates sustainability, demand
The results are in from a study assessing sustainability in corridor planning and project development, using an innovative online tool. WSDOT collaborated with the Federal Highway Administration to evaluate a new assessment tool called INVEST – Infrastructure Voluntary Evaluation Sustainability Tool. It provided insight to better integrate demand management and public health strategies into planning and project development.
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