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Climate and Resiliency

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) has developed programs and initiatives to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions throughout the state of Maryland.  These programs focus on an integrated and multimodal approach, leveraging public-private partnerships and ensuring equity to accomplish these goals. 

MDOT Climate-related Programs and Initiatives

  • MDOT maintains a vested interest in the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions (CO2e) through technology that meet the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for cars and light-duty vehicles.
  • MDOT continues to expand its Renewable Energy Program and has installed solar, wind, and geothermal energy systems at a number of MDOT facilities. In 2016, these systems reduced our carbon dioxide emissions by 1,285 metric tons.
  • MDOT's Solar Program has recently established a Renewable Energy Development Contract.  This contract will allow a number of photovoltaic (PV) systems to be installed on MDOT properties ,and many of these facilities will run on solar power.  Additionally, this contract can be used by Maryland State agencies, counties, municipalities, and non-profits to install PV systems on their own properties.
  • MDOT is developing vulnerability assessment data and resiliency plans to address the current and future impacts of climate change on the transportation network.  Data from the vulnerability assessment will be integrated into all aspects of planning, programming and design to ensure resilient and reliable transportation is available for counties to utilize.

MDOT and the Maryland Commission on Climate Change (MCCC)

MDOT is a member of the Maryland Commission on Climate Change (MCCC) and actively collaborates with the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), other state agencies, local governments, non-governmental entities, and communities across Maryland to plan and implement transportation solutions for climate resiliency and to help mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.  MCCC has developed various Fact Sheets regarding Maryland's efforts to combat climate change.

Maryland is Serious About Addressing Climate Change

Maryland is Planning for Sea-Level Rise

Maryland is Increasing Resilience to Climate Change

Maryland is a Leader in Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Maryland Commission on Climate Change Annual Report 2017

Maryland Responds to the Health Impacts of Climate Change

 

 

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