Urban Transportation Council Green Guide for Roads Task Force TAC 2009 April MeetingsOttawa
Scope 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 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 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 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
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