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Urban Transportation Council Green Guide for Roads Task Force TAC 2009 April Meetings Ottawa Scope To develop a set of self-evaluation performance measurement criteria incorporating;

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Urban Transportation Council

Green Guide for Roads Task Force

TAC 2009 April MeetingsOttawa


To develop a set of self-evaluation performance measurement criteria incorporating;

sustainable/green principles and environmental stewardship that may be applied to all aspects of the roadway over its lifecycle

provide guidance on roadway planning, design, construction, commissioning, maintenance and operation, and life cycle assessment activities

address the full functional hierarchy of roads in both urban and rural settings.

The intent is to promote sustainable growth and alternative multi-modal transportation solutions within the corridor, along with safe, long lasting roadway infrastructure and green construction principles.

task force members
Task Force Members

Task Force formed late July, 2008 under the Urban Transportation Council

18 members nominated by TAC Councils and Standing Committees

1 CaGBC liaison member

Appointed Chair - Rico Fung

Task Force conducts business mainly with conference calls with most members participating

Have had regular conference calls since August 8, 2008

Two face to face meetings are planned, one in April 2009 (now) and one in October 2009, TAC Annual Conference, Vancouver

task force working process
Task Force Working Process

First Workgroup was formed at the September 2008 meeting to develop the “Process Roadmap” documentation

Roadmap approved by the Task Force in January, as a “guiding document”, and to be approved formally by UTC at April meeting.

Roadmap available upon request to the Task Force Chair-Rico Fung ([email protected])

A Second Work Group was formed to conduct an Extensive Literature Review

Documents assembled in Literature Review are held on into a FTP site hosted by TAC and accessible for Guide Development

Recently surveyed Task Force members’ to gain understanding of members’ knowledge and expertise, and potential gaps to be filled by other TAC members

Preliminary Guide Scope and Application Areas
  • Community Interface
  • Environmental Footprint
  • Mobility Choices (pedestrian, cycling, transit, motorized vehicles & parking)
  • Intersections and Driveways
  • Hard Surfaces
  • Landscaping
  • Street Furnishings
  • Drainage
  • Safety
  • Energy Consumption
  • Construction
  • Operations and Maintenance
next steps
Next Steps

Finalize “subtask groups” based on the outlines of the Guide in the Process Roadmap and the individual member’s knowledge/expertise

Each subtask group will further define the intent for each chapter/sub-section

Submitted a Request for Funding Proposal to UTC to hire a student for summer 2009, to be approved NOW

Student will help draft and format sections of the Guide based on input from subtask groups and independent research

UTC currently has TAC seed funding available to fund this proposal hiring a student

Identify the areas requiring external consulting expertise

TF members have agreed to first polling own internal resources to address the deficiencies

Aim is to complete project by September 2010

Next update to TAC will be through a Workshop at the TAC 2009 Conference in Vancouver

thank you task force welcomes your comments please discuss with your task force representative s
THANK YOUTask Force welcomes Your CommentsPlease discuss with your Task Force Representative(s)