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Chapter 2
Organizational Environmental Stewardship Practices
2.9. Regional DOT Stewardship Practice Exchange & Discussion

DOT environmental professionals rarely get the chance to travel out of state and exchange their experiences with other professionals encountering similar challenges. However, some DOTs are leading the way in providing forums for exchange on environmental topics, not only for environmental specialists but for designers, construction engineers, and maintenance staff. Some examples include the following.

  • Building on the national success of the International Conference on Ecology and Transportation (ICOET), Northeastern state DOTs initiated a Northeast Transportation and Wildlife Conference. As VTrans enjoys an unprecedented working relationship with the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, VTrans hosted the first conference, to be held on opposite years as ICOET. The two-day even drew over 100 participants from all of the New England States as well as DOT and other environmental professionals from Ontario, Quebec, Washington DC, Virginia, and Georgia. Technical presentations focused on specific projects and programs that would benefit the entire region. The second day consisted of breakout sessions where all the conference participants could share ideas and challenges with the larger group. The intent of the conference was to begin an ongoing dialogue on road ecology, among professionals in the region. Non-governmental organizations are serving as co-sponsors and the National Wildlife Federation is producing a written report/summary/proceedings from the conference to be circulated electronically to participants and other interested parties.
  • NCDOT sponsored a regional summit to develop a sense of importance and urgency about developing an environmental ethic, understand how and what to do to create an environmental ethic, and share current "best practices" for environmental stewardship and streamlining. Over 14 states and 325 participants came to the Southern Environmental Leadership Summit, including staff from resource agencies and all DOT divisions. The Summit followed previous efforts in New Mexico and Kentucky.

 

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Chapter 2
Organizational Environmental Stewardship Practices
2.1 DOT Environmental Policies and Mission Statements
2.2 Environmental Strategic Planning at Transportation Agencies
2.3 Setting Objectives and Targets & Tracking Environmental Commitments
2.4 Environmental Management Systems - Benefits & Approaches
2.5 Operational Controls, Procedures, and Practices
2.6 Measuring Environmental Performance
2.7 Environmental Staffing, Roles, and Responsibilities
2.8 Environmental Training and Certification
2.9 Regional DOT Stewardship Practice Exchange & Discussion
   
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