DOT Climate Change Center
The DOT Climate Change Center is the focal point for policy and action on climate change within the Department. The Center is co-chaired by the policy and research units within the Office of the Secretary of Transportation (OST) and its membership is comprised of the DOT operating administrations and OST offices.
Through strategic research, policy analysis, partnerships, coordination and outreach, the Center creates comprehensive and multi-modal approaches to reduce transportation-related greenhouse gases (GHG) and to improve the resilience of the transportation system to climate change impacts. The DOT Climate Change Center plays a key role in implementing the climate and sustainability goal in the US DOT Strategic Plan.
USDOT established the DOT Climate Change Center in 1999. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (Public Law 110-140), Section 1101, formally established the Center as the Office of Climate Change and Environment. It is codified in 49 USC Section 102(g).
The Center and the USDOT National Transportation Library maintain the Transportation and Climate Change Clearinghouse, which is a curated collection of information on transportation and climate change issues, and provides monthly bibliographies of the latest research.
DOT Climate Change Policies
Operating Administration Climate Change Websites
The DOT Climate Change Center coordinates climate change related actions across the Department of Transportation. Since much of the implementation takes place at the level of the operating administrations within the Department, important content related to implementation of climate change actions can be found on the operating administration webpages below.
The U.S. Department of Transportation developed climate challenges for different modes of transportation (aviation, public transportation, highway, and rail) to encourage and support transportation stakeholders in taking aggressive action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
DOT Funding Programs and Climate Change
Most DOT funding programs have eligibilities for transportation climate solutions. Some programs have a focus on climate change. Learn more.
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Guidance
The Council on Environmental Quality issued guidance to assist agencies in analyzing greenhouse gas and climate change effects of their proposed actions under NEPA.
National Performance Measure
To help address the climate crisis, FHWA amended its regulations governing national performance management measures to require State departments of transportation (State DOTs) and metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) to establish carbon dioxide (CO2) reduction targets and to establish a method for measurement and reporting.
DOT Climate Action Plan for Resilience
Training and Technical Assistance
DOT offers training and a variety of technical assistance options to help tribal, state, local, and private sector transportation agencies reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve climate resilience. Learn more.