Plan Supports Global Warming Solutions Act signed by Governor Patrick
BOSTON - Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey today announced the launch of the GreenDOT Implementation Plan to build environmental stewardship and sustainability goals into all Commonwealth transportation activities.
The multi-year plan outlines specific goals to decrease use of scarce resources and minimize ecological impacts in seven areas, including air quality, energy consumption, material procurement, land management, transportation planning and design, waste management, and water resources.
“We have a proven commitment to improving our environment and being responsible stewards of our state’s abundant natural resources,” said Governor Deval Patrick. “I am pleased to see MassDOT taking comprehensive steps to make this commitment a reality in its policies and operations.”
“MassDOT maintains a transportation system that reaches into every corner of the Commonwealth,” said MassDOT Secretary Davey. “This plan is MassDOT’s commitment to improving our environment statewide while moving our customers and goods safely and efficiently.”
“I’m thrilled to see MassDOT focusing on clean energy and energy efficiency,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan. “Not only is it good for our environment, but it keeps energy dollars in Massachusetts by reducing our reliance on foreign sources of fossil fuels.”
The environmental impact of our transportation system is significant. The MBTA currently uses enough water washing its buses in one year to fill Fenway Park 20 times. MassDOT’s Highway Division has more than 700 buildings to support its operations across the Commonwealth, resulting in energy consumption on a large scale.
Examples of specific steps now underway or to be implemented in the next year include:
- Increased use of hybrid, electric, and clean diesel vehicles
- Electric vehicle chargers along the state highway system
- Energy efficient LED bulbs in all new traffic, tunnel lights
- Slow-growing grass, less mowing for reduced energy use
- Water recycling and conservation in bus and vehicle washing
- Warm, lower emission asphalt mix replacing hot mix on road repairs
Each goal under the plan includes indicators to guide implementation steps through the year 2020. The plan is based on current MassDOT innovations, sustainability policies of the Commonwealth, and national best practices.
The GreenDOT policy initiative first released in June 2010 incorporates sustainability into all MassDOT activities to reach greenhouse gas reduction targets mandated under the Global Warming Solutions Act signed by Governor Deval Patrick in 2008.
The GreenDOT initiative also promotes the healthy transportation options of walking, bicycling, and public transit, and supports smart growth development.
As an example of its success with GreenDOT policy initiatives, in April 2012 MassDOT became the first transportation agency in the nation recognized as a “Bicycle Friendly Business” by the League of American Bicyclists for encouraging a bike-friendly atmosphere for customers and employees.
The GreenDOT Implementation Plan is available on MassDOT’s GreenDOT website, http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/GreenDOT.aspx
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