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The EMS Sustainability Unit supports GreenDOT implementation within the Highway Division. Areas of focus include: minimizing energy and chemicals used in maintenance activities, enhancing ecological performance of lands under MassDOT care and control, reducing exposure to hazardous waste, adapting facilities for climate change resilience, and minimizing land use.

The Unit is directly involved with implementing key infrastructure strategies outlined in the Massachusetts Climate Change Adaptation Report, September 2011. To read MassDOT's project description for assessing the climate change vulnerability and adaptation options of the Central Artery's please view the FHWA 2014-2014 Climate Resilience Pilot Program.

MassDOT has completed the MassDOT-FHWA Pilot Project Report (PDF 16mb) - Climate Change and Extreme Weather Vulnerability Assessments and Adaptation Options for the Central Artery, and is now in the process of evaluating the various recommendations specific to the Central Artery Tunnel System in Boston, MA.

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Massachusetts is one of a number of states that has created a legal framework to address climate change by passing the Global Warming Solutions Act ("The Act") in July 2008. The Act mandates a 10% to 25% reduction in GHG emissions below 1990 levels by 2020 and at least an 80% decrease below 1990 levels by 2050. MassDOT is doing its part by working with state agencies to study possible impacts to Key Infrastructure (coastal Roadways, Bridges, Tunnels) and to investigate ways to mitigate GHG emissions from transportation operations and facilities by searching for ways to reduce energy use, increase efficiency and encourage renewable sources of energy.

Executive Order 484, Leading By Example (LBE), establishes higher energy efficiency standards in the operation of state buildings, setting short- and long-term targets and goals to advance clean energy and efficiency, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming. In addition, the LBE Program promotes sustainability activities within state government including waste reduction, water conservation, green buildings, alternatives fuels, efficient transportation, and recycling.

The Healthy Transportation Compact is a key requirement of the landmark transportation reform legislation signed into law in June 2009. Co-chaired by the Secretary of Transportation and the Secretary of Health and Human Services and including the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, MassDOT Highway Administrator, MassDOT Transit Administrator, and Commissioner of Public Health, this inter-agency initiative is designed to facilitate transportation decisions that balance the needs of all transportation users, expand mobility, improve public health, support a cleaner environment and create stronger communities.

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