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Sustainable Transportation

Set of photos featuring WSDOT's sustainable practices.

Sustainable transportation is WSDOT's approach for an adaptable, integrated, multimodal statewide transportation system that supports Washington's economy, preserves the environment and enhances our communities. It's a strategically managed and operated system that meets present needs without compromising the future.

An agency-wide effort, WSDOT's Sustainable Transportation Action Plan (210 kb) lays out the strategies by which we are integrating sustainability into our business practices. 

It's in everything we do 
Emissions from transportation-related activities account for nearly half of the greenhouse gas emissions in Washington. This is one reason why we consider sustainability in all that we do. Our practices make good environmental sense and good economic sense for Washington. Our agency uses a strategic and balanced approach to conserve energy and fuels while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Making transportation sustainable
WSDOT is making transportation more sustainable in many ways. We're adjusting the way we work and use energy in daily operations. We're designing roadways that work best for communities, integrating modes — transit, ridesharing, bicycling and walking — into projects and using techniques that reduce pollutants. Our maintenance crews use precision snow and ice removal methods to keep drivers safe while using the minimum amount of salt necessary, and we're using fewer building materials by recycling and extending the lifespan of roads and bridges. 

New technology and innovation at WSDOT provide a more efficient, reliable and sustainable transportation system. We conserve fuel and energy, minimize carbon emissions and protect our natural environment, all while keeping people and goods moving smoothly.

Shrinking our carbon footprint
This approach helps citizens and businesses reduce their carbon footprint in new ways, from expanding transit services and ridesharing opportunities to partnering to build support infrastructure along I-5 for electric and other alternative-fuel vehicles

For more information
Seth Stark