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Integrating Greenhouse Gas Assessment into Planning

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The FHWA’s Every Day Counts (EDC) program is an invaluable resource for State, local, tribal, or private transportation practitioners. Its work identifies proven but underutilized innovations and coordinates the sharing of best practices and funding opportunities. The time, money, and resources saved by keeping informed and engaging with peers are great community benefits. Other benefits can also be realized from revisiting how we approach transportation planning. This EDC post discusses incorporating greenhouse gas analysis into transportation planning. This early stage review can reduce a project’s potential emissions, contributing to national and global climate goals. Generally, the integration of environmental review into the planning process saves time, strengthens relationships, and improves outcomes.

You can learn more about Planning and Environment Linkages (PEL) at this link.

The EDC Post notes the benefits of early action to future planning, mitigation efforts, and progress measurement. California, Minnesota, Colorado, and Virginia are all noted for their specific processes. It is also noteworthy that greenhouse gas assessment can inform planning for new programs such as the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program and the Carbon Reduction Program.

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