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Sustainability and Public Health

What does sustainability mean to MnDOT?

Sustainability is often referred to as the intersection of economy, environment, and society, which directly aligns with the MnDOT Vision of a multimodal transportation system that maximizes the health of people, the environment and our economy. The MnDOT vision also supports progress toward the MnDOT originating statute (174.01) and the Next Generation Energy Act (2007), which established the goal of reducing GHG emissions 15 percent by 2015, 30 percent by 2025, and 80 percent below 2005 levels by 2050 compared to a 2005 baseline.

The Office of Sustainability and Public Health (OSPH) has four focus areas that connect back to agency and statutory transportation and climate goals.

  1. Reduce carbon pollution from the transportation sector.
  2. Increase operational efficiencies that support Executive Orders, including efforts to reduce fuel consumption and energy use.
  3. Improve resilience of the transportation system to climate change and other natural and human disruptions.
  4. Promote public health in transportation decision making.

For more information about MnDOT’s key sustainability initiatives, see the following focus areas: