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Sustainable Transportation

The Biden-Harris Administration continues to expand the clean energy economy through historic legislative, regulatory, and executive action. Executive Order (E.O.) 14057 of December 8, 2021, on Catalyzing Clean Energy Industries and Jobs through Federal Sustainability, established the policy of the Administration for the Federal Government to achieve a carbon pollution-free electricity sector by 2035 and net-zero emissions economy-wide by no later than 2050.

USDA is instructing agencies on prioritizing sustainable transportation for official travel. Several ways suggested to do so are listed below:

  • Federal employees should prioritize interstate and commuter rail over air travel or long-distance automobile travel; public transit over automobiles; and zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) over other automobiles.
  • When traveling between cities less than 250 miles apart, Federal employees should travel by rail when available and consistent with mission needs.
  • Public transit should be Federal employees’ first option for local transportation.
  • When a Federal employee requires a vehicle, the employee should select a ZEV rental car, taxi or rideshare vehicle.
  • The trip not taken is the least expensive and most sustainable—consider virtual attendance.

Access link to FTR Bulletin 24-02 below:

Sustainable Transportation for Official Travel

Access link to Executive Memo M-24-05 below:

Catalyzing Sustainable Transportation Through Federal Travel