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Educating the Public on Climate Change Issues: DOT and MPO Best Practices

1. Introduction

This document summarizes outreach activities and public education initiatives used around the country by State Departments of Transportation (DOTs) and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) to educate the public on transportation-related climate change issues. Best practices were gathered from a review of online documents, outreach materials, and telephone interviews. The purpose of this document is to highlight outreach approaches that FHWA Division staff can use to engage the public and other stakeholders such as elected officials on climate change issues. The following table summarizes the range of transportation-related outreach activities that are highlighted in this document that DOTs and MPOs have recently implemented.

DOT State Activity
Caltrans California
  • Internal Teleconferences
  • Internal Climate Change Listserv
Iowa DOT Iowa
  • Transportation and Climate Change Presentation
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Kentucky
  • Climate Change /Livability/Air Quality Conference
  • IntraDOT Climate Change /Energy Website
  • Public Climate Change Website
  • Earth Day Fair Outreach
Oregon DOT Oregon
  • ODOT Climate Change Technical Advisory Committee
  • Efforts on Climate Change Factsheet
  • Briefing Paper: ODOT's Efforts on Climate Change
MPO Region Activity
Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission Philadelphia Region
  • Climate Change Initiatives Program
  • Energy and GHG Reduction Toolkit
Metropolitan Transportation Commission San Francisco Bay Area
  • Climate Initiatives Public Outreach Program
  • K-12 Schools Climate Change Workshop
  • Public Meeting: GHG Reduction Target
Puget Sound Regional Council Seattle Area
  • Climate Change Adaptation White Paper
  • Climate Change Website
  • Project-Level Transportation GHG Evaluation Protocol
Mobile Metropolitan Planning Organization Mobile Area
  • MPO Climate Change Work Group
Capitol Region Council of Governments Hartford, CT Area
  • Municipal Summit on Climate Change
Mid-America Regional Council Bi-state Kansas City Region
  • Climate Change Courses
  • New Climate Change & Energy Use Policy Goal - Interactive Webpage for Public Rating
North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority Northern New Jersey Region
  • Climate Change Working Group
  • Climate Change Roundtable
Updated: 12/23/2016
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