Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Roshdieh Announces Release of New Departmental Sustainability Policy to Coincide with County’s GreenFest Celebration

Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) Director Al Roshdieh today released a refreshed Sustainability Policy for the department that provides a framework for creating an even more sustainable transportation system. Sustainability in this context is much broader than consideration of environmental impacts. It is a holistic approach that balances the impact of our actions on the environment, economy and society. MCDOT has also incorporated education and outreach efforts as a sustainability goal to i  nform residents, businesses and visitors of the importance of their choices in supporting a sustainable future.

“The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) recognizes that the County’s expanding transportation system has far-reaching impacts,” said Roshdieh. “The way our streets are planned, the range of available transportation options, and the way in which projects are constructed and maintained all influence our environment, physical health, economic well-being, social cohesion and the resiliency of neighborhoods over time. These broader issues are at the heart of MCDOT’s sustainability goals that guide our programs, designs and policies.”

MCDOT is committed to fully incorporating sustainable policies in our strategic approach and the goals are outlined below:

Environment: Plan and implement a transportation system that broadly considers ecosystem and climate impacts, reduces and prevents waste and pollution, uses renewable resources and sustainable sources of energy, and reduces energy consumption.

Economy: Support a public transportation infrastructure that stimulates economic prosperity, promotes economic development and is cost effective and efficient.

Society: Provide a system that is accessible, affordable, safe and secure, equitable, and improves the health and quality of life for people who use it and live near it. Consider the basic needs of diverse residents and businesses and provide access and mobility for all. Give back to communities by volunteering and donating resources.

Education: Ensure that residents, businesses and visitors are well informed about their sustainable travel options, help them make more sustainable decisions in their daily lives and support them in their choices.

Creating a sustainable transportation network is embodied in MCDOT’s mission, vision and guiding principles. These core values provide the framework for the Sustainability Policy that will help MCDOT achieve a first-rate, multimodal system. The Sustainability Policy outlines strategic objectives for each of MCDOT’s five mission-oriented guiding principles based on the four sustainability goals. See below.

Under Roshdieh’s leadership, MCDOT developed a new vision, mission and guiding principles that reflect the department’s refreshed direction. Entitled “Moving Forward Together” it outlines MCDOT’s core values:

MCDOT’s Vision:
A seamless transportation system for people of all ages, incomes and abilities that supports a vibrant and sustainable community.

MCDOT’s Mission:
To move people and connect places with the best transportation choices and services.

Guiding Principles:
• Provide an effective and efficient transportation system
• Keep our system reliable, safe and secure
• Engage and support our diverse community
• Enhance quality of life
• Be innovative and forward-thinking

“Through innovative approaches, we are creating a 21st century system that moves more people in fewer vehicles,” said Roshdieh. “A sustainable future means a higher quality of life for everyone in Montgomery County -- now and for generations to come.”

MCDOT will have an exhibit at GreenFest, which will be held Saturday, April 30 at the Takoma Park Community Center. Roshdieh will be a panelist at a workshop sponsored by Poolesville Green, GreenWheaton, Bethesda Green and Silver Spring Green on sustainable transportation in Montgomery County.

In addition, MCDOT is a co-sponsor of an environmental scavenger hunt, is featuring a hybrid electric Ride On bus in the electric car show, and is sponsoring an awards ceremony for its annual photography contest and landscape beautification competition winners. The awards will be presented at Piney Branch Elementary School at 1:30 p.m.

The Sustainability Policy and MCDOT’s vision document, “Moving Forward Together” are available on MCDOT’s website.