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The Center for Environmental Excellence by AASHTO Communities of Practice (COPs) provide forums for invited professionals to discuss and exchange information, experiences, ideas, and best practices on a range of environmental topics related to the planning, design, construction, maintenance, and operation of highway and transit systems. The goal of these Communities of Practice is to promote environmental stewardship and to encourage innovative ways to streamline the transportation delivery process.

Communities of Practice currently exist for the following three topic areas:

Individual Community of Practice discussions are facilitated and moderated by Center technical experts. Typically, the communities participate in regular conference calls, exchange emails, share experiences, and provide input to and review of state-of-the practice reports, which are prepared periodically by the CoP facilitator in cooperation with CoP participants.

In addition to conference calls and emails, the Historic Bridges CoP has been beta testing an online forum since April 2009. The online forum includes discussion threads, a resource library, a list of participants, a glossary, web links and a virtual suggestion box.

Community of Practice members participate as individual members of the community and do not necessarily represent their agency's views or positions. In addition, the discussions of the CoP and the contents of the materials it generates do not necessarily represent the views or positions of AASHTO or the Center for Environmental Excellence.

If you have questions or comments regarding the Community of Practice forum, please contact the Center for Environmental Excellence by AASHTO through the Contact Us link.

Air Quality Community of Practice

The purpose of the Air Quality COP is to assemble a group of State Department of Transportation (DOT) air quality practitioners to have a focused discussion on the state of the practice, emerging issues, and research data needs on particular air quality issues. Practitioners share experiences and learn from each other, helping to further the state of the knowledge of the community. In addition, the effort helps to extend the COP members' networks and professional contacts. The Air Quality COP consists of representatives from ten State DOTs, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) and AASHTO. COP reports may be accessed below:

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Environmental Justice Community of Practice

The Environmental Justice (EJ) Community of Practice (CoP) is a forum for DOT and metropolitan planning organization (MPO) practitioners to hold regular discussions regarding EJ emerging issues, and analyze the state of the practice and its implementation. Building upon previous Center work on EJ issues, the EJ CoP will identify themes on which to focus and hold discussions during six webinars in 2017-2018. Participants are encouraged to engage in other EJ opportunities and share lessons learned with the larger group. AASHTO staff and other partner organizations will work to facilitate the increase of technical assistance offerings and coordination between state DOTs and MPOs.

Environmental Justice Community of Practice Webinar Series (2017-2018)
Six Center-hosted webinars in which EJ practitioners discuss emerging issues and analyze the state of the practice and its implementation. See below for participant registration links and posting of webinar recordings.

Webinar: September 14, 2017. This webinar includes a federal oversight summary, a review of the Center’s past EJ work, and a discussion on EJ analysis focused on the planning phase. DOTs and MPOs share their views of what constitutes good EJ analysis, and lessons learned and best practices. The webinar is for geared toward practitioners working in planning, public involvement, and Title VI.
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EJ Project Level Challenges - Recap and Discussion Oct. 31, 3:30 – 4:30pm EST.  This conference call will provide a recap and follow up to the Environmental Justice sessions at AMPO’s Annual Meeting. Speakers from the session will provide an overview of their presentations, summarize the tabletop discussions with MPO’s, and discuss any key takeaways for the Community of Practice.  No registration is necessary. To join this call by phone (Recommended): Call 1-720-259-6466 (or Toll Free: 1-866-865-4135), and use access code: 8561377. To join the call by computer: Click here and select “Call my computer”: https://go.conferencinghub.com/2rlex

Webinar on Meaningful Community Engagement: Nov. 17, 12 – 1:15pm EST. This event will be a webinar discussing “Meaningful Community Engagement.” The agenda for this call is to be determined, and we are looking for DOT and MPO speakers to come forward with ideas for topics of discussion. If you are interested in participating, please be in touch with Martha Salazar at martha.salazar@ncsl.org. To join the webinar, register using this link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/669809675483173889. You will receive an email with call-in information.  

2016 Environmental Justice Peer Exchange 

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Historic Bridges Community of Practice

The Historic Bridges Community of Practice helps identify emerging issues, trends, procedures, research, and data needs associated with the identification, evaluation, and management of our nation's historic bridges. This Community of Practice also contributes to current discussions on how to effectively preserve and manage the nation's highway bridge assets, since historic bridges are a critical component of our country's transportation infrastructure. Individuals invited to participate in this Community of Practice include bridge engineers and historic preservation professionals from public and private sectors and academia.

The Historic Bridge COP has been beta testing an online forum since April 2009. The online forum includes discussion threads, a resource library, a list of participants, a glossary, web links and a virtual suggestion box.

Visit the Historic Bridge COP online forum

The following State-of-the-Practice Reports have been prepared by the COP facilitator in cooperation with COP participants:

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Stormwater Management Community of Practice

The purpose of the Stormwater Management CoP is to create a forum where State Department of Transportation (DOT) practitioners can engage in facilitated discussions on emerging issues, research data needs, and innovative stormwater quality compliance solutions. Practitioners share experiences and learn from each other, helping to further the state of the knowledge of the community. In addition, the effort helps to extend the COP members' networks and professional contacts. The work of the COP is a continuation of efforts that were initiated in June, 2008 at the first AASHTO National Stormwater Conference in San Diego, California.

The Stormwater Management CoP consists of representatives from sixteen state DOTs, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) and AASHTO.

In June 2009, a state-of-the practice report was prepared by the COP facilitator in cooperation with COP participants. Additional state-of-the-practice reports were prepared in March 2010 on total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) and on EPA's effluent limitation guidelines for construction and development projects. The January 2011 COP report focuses on EPA's post-construction stormwater control rulemaking.

Reports/Plans

Practitioner Field Guides

State of the Practice Reports

Webinars & Presentations

 

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