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Sustainable Transportation for the New Normal A Federal Perspective. Unwanna Dabney, FHWA North Carolina Division Planning and Program Development Manager. What is Sustainability?. What is Sustainability?.

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Sustainable transportation for the new normal a federal perspective

Sustainable Transportation for the New NormalA Federal Perspective

Unwanna Dabney, FHWA North Carolina Division

Planning and Program Development Manager



What is sustainability1
What is Sustainability?

  • Sustainable transportation should satisfy life cycle functional requirements of societal developmentand economic growth while reducing negative impacts to the environment and consumption of natural resources.


What is sustainability2
What is Sustainability?

  • Sustainable transportation should satisfy life cycle functional requirements of societal development and economic growth while reducing negative impacts to the environment and consumption of natural resources.

  • A sustainable highway must be considered in its own context; how it relates to its social, environmental and economic setting.


Sustainability and fhwa
Sustainability and FHWA

  • Deliver Federal Aid Highway Program in a more sustainable way

  • Make wise investment decisions w/ limited resources

  • Take advantage of opportunities to include sustainability throughout the decision making process

  • Encourage change in professional practice

  • Stress more sustainable practices, get them to be applied/implemented

  • Go beyond compliance

  • Seek balanced solutions


What is the sustainable highways program
What is the Sustainable Highways Program?

FHWA’s Sustainable Highways Program

  • The INVEST self-evaluation tool

  • A sustainability working group

  • Sustainable Pavements Program

  • Partnership for Sustainable Communities


Sustainable highways program
Sustainable Highways Program

  • Continue strong coordination within FHWA and with partners and stakeholders

    • Regular meetings of the FHWA Sustainable Highways Working Group

    • Strengthen engagement with DOTs and MPOs

  • Create program structure, partner on key program/research gaps

  • Website to serve as portal to access information on activities and available resources: www.sustainablehighways.dot.gov

  • Case Studies to highlight initiatives and practices related to sustainability

  • Development and deployment of decision tools: INVEST



Overview of invest
Overview of INVEST

  • IN-VEST - Infrastructure Voluntary Evaluation Sustainability Tool

  • A voluntary, web-based self-evaluation tool

  • Lists “sustainable criteria” based on best practices for three project phases:

    • System Planning

    • Project Development

    • Operations and Maintenance

  • Each criterion assigned a point value based on expected sustainability impact

  • In coordination with ASCE/ACEC/APWA effort

  • Other sustainable highways tools used as references

    • (GreenLITES, I-LAST, Greenroads)



Next steps
Next Steps

  • Pilot Testing

    • PD – completed

    • OM – completed

    • SP – completed

  • Weighting & Scoring Review – Ongoing

  • Updates to Website – Ongoing

  • Version 1.0 Release – Spring/Summer 2012


A sustainable highway system
A Sustainable Highway System…

  • Satisfiesfunctionalrequirements

    • Fulfillstransportation goalsand needs

    • Addresses developmentandeconomicgrowth

  • Avoids, minimizes, reduces impacts

    Environment

    • Consumption of resources

  • Addresses environmental, economic, and social equitydimensions

    (triple bottom line)


A sustainable highway system1
A Sustainable Highway System…

  • Satisfies functional requirements

    • Fulfills transportation goals and needs

    • Addresses development and economic growth

  • Avoids, minimizes, reduces impacts

    • Environment

    • Consumption of resources

  • Addresses environmental, economic, and social equity dimensions

  • (triple bottom line)


Thank You!

Michael Culp

[email protected]

Connie Hill

[email protected]

Heather Holsinger

[email protected]

Unwanna Dabney

[email protected]

www.sustainablehighways.org

www.sustainablehighways.dot.gov


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