“Sustainability” is commonly understood to describe any human use of resources that does not exhaust those resources. As we improve safety and mobility in Cobb County, transportation sustainability at Cobb DOT is a philosophy that ensures we:
- Protect and enhance the environment.
- Conserve energy and natural resources.
- Preserve or enhance the historic, scenic, and aesthetic project setting characteristics.
- Encourage public involvement in the transportation planning process.
- Integrate smart growth and other sound land-use practices.
- Encourage new and innovative approaches to sustainable design, and how we operate and maintain our facilities.
These concepts are not new to the Department, which has been following many of these practices in one form or another for a number of years. Cobb DOT developed the certification program to better integrate these principles by:
- Recognizing and increasing the awareness of the sustainable methods and practices we already incorporate into our project designs and daily operations.
- Expanding the use of these and other innovative alternatives which will contribute to improving transportation sustainability.
It is also important to understand that sustainability is about balancing what is beneficial to people, while considering what is economically sound, and environmentally compatible. This may or may not necessarily increase costs. However, where costs are increased, it may be warranted when all external costs are considered.