MassDOT Goes Green
On June 2, 2010, MassDOT launched GreenDOT, a comprehensive environmental responsibility and sustainability initiative that will make MassDOT a national leader in “greening” the state transportation system. GreenDOT will be driven by three primary goals:
- Reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
- Promote the healthy transportation options of walking, bicycling, and public transit
- Support smart growth development
In May of 2012, MassDOT released a Draft GreenDOT Implementation Plan for public review. The Plan was written to embed the sustainability vision of GreenDOT into the core business practices of MassDOT. MassDOT received over 350 public comments on the draft version of the Plan. These comments provided significant guidance toward the Final GreenDOT Implementation Plan.
The MassDOT will be a national leader in promoting sustainability in the transportation sector. Through the full range of our activities, from strategic planning to construction and system operations, MassDOT will promote sustainable economic development, protect the natural environment, and enhance the quality of life for all of the Commonwealth’s residents and visitors. This will enable MassDOT to use resources in a manner that serves its existing customers while preserving our resources for future generations.
Embedding Sustainability into MassDOT’s Core Business
GreenDOT calls for MassDOT to incorporate sustainability into all of its activities; from strategic planning to project design and construction to system operation. The initiative includes greenhouse gas reduction targets mandated under the Global Warming Solutions Act, signed by Governor Patrick in 2008. This law requires an economy-wide 2020 emissions reduction mandate of between 10 and 25 percent by January 1, 2011, the first step toward a required 80 percent reduction by 2050. The transportation sector generates more than one-third of the total greenhouse gas emissions produced in Massachusetts.
GreenDOT was designed in response to several existing state laws, Executive Orders, and MassDOT policies. These include the 2009 Transportation Reform Law that created MassDOT and established the Healthy Transportation Compact that promotes improved public health through active transportation; the Global Warming Solutions Act, which calls for measurable and enforceable economy-wide greenhouse gas reductions; and MassDOT’s Complete Streets design approach that calls for appropriate accommodation of all transportation system users. Read the GreenDOT Policy Directive for more information.
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