State Agencies Collaborate to Improve Freight’s Economic and Environmental Performance

Published: Jul 27, 2015

Sacramento – Tuesday, leaders from state government will join the California Freight Advisory Committee at their July meeting, where they will take the first steps towards implementing Governor Brown’s Executive Order B-32-15, which calls for a single, unified Sustainable Freight Strategy for the state.

“Addressing trade’s economic and environmental impacts is key to California’s long term growth,” said California State Transportation Agency Secretary Brian Kelly. “If we want to effectively protect the environment and simultaneously make the movement by people and of goods easier, while expanding economic competitiveness, we must have one integrated freight strategy. The hard work of developing that plan begins today.”

This new freight strategy will prove essential to meeting California’s air quality and climate goals by evolving the state’s freight system into a more efficient, competitive, and sustainable program.

California’s freight-dependent industries account for more than $700 billion in revenue and more than five million jobs in 2013. Unfortunately, our current freight system also creates a high portion of local toxics and criteria pollutants associated with poor air quality and an increasing contribution of greenhouse gas emissions, all of which impact the health and well-being of Californians and deplete natural resources.

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