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Illinois DOT Study Outlines Ways to Enhance Public Engagement

Methods to improve public engagement practices, especially those involving underserved or disadvantaged populations, are included in a research report prepared for the Illinois Department of Transportation. Recommendations include knowing the audience and using existing community resources, using nontraditional locations and informal outreach techniques, increased training, measuring and assessing practices, and using technology. The report also includes a case study of successful public engagement on Minnesota’s long-range transportation plan. For more information, link to the report. (7-14-16)

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FHWA Fact Sheet Addresses Climate Change Impacts on EJ Populations

The Federal Highway Administration has released a fact sheet that provides federal, state and local transportation agencies tools to address potential negative impacts of climate change on environmental justice populations. The fact sheet discusses mitigation strategies such as integrated land-use planning and improving the quantity and quality of public transit service. It also provides information on case studies, pilot projects and other resources to ensure that climate action strategies benefit environmental justice communities. For more information, link to the fact sheet. (7-6-16)

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AASHTO Webinar Highlights 2016 Environmental Justice Peer Exchange

A May 18, 2016, webinar highlights the findings of a recent peer exchange on environmental justice sponsored by the Center for Environmental Excellence by AASHTO and the Federal Highway Administration. The webinar will unveil the EJ Road Map, including eight focus areas to the practitioner community, and provide an opportunity for input; highlight what FHWA is doing to advance the integration of EJ, and clarify their priorities around implementing EJ Executive Order 12898; share effective practices from fellow practitioners, and share stories from peer colleagues including their insights on the importance of each focus area; and discuss current practices and emerging issues to inspire input from practitioners on the EJ Road Map. For webinar information link to the peer exchange materials. (4-25-16)

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Report Focuses on Smart Growth, Pollution Reduction, Inequality in Transportation

The Funder’s Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities has released a report to address social inequality in transportation, smart growth and greenhouse gas reduction. The report highlights the values of fairness, democracy and access to help states prioritize opportunity for all and focuses on best practices that ensure low-income households and communities of color benefit from efforts in their communities to address climate change, expand mobility and create more effective policies. This report aims to help decisionmakers design interventions that meet the broad social needs of their communities. For more information, link to the report. (4-28-16)

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Agencies Provide 'Promising Practices' for Environmental Justice in NEPA Reviews

A report documenting effective practices in conducting environmental justice analyses as part of the National Environmental Review Act process has been released by the federal Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice. The report, Promising Practices for EJ Methodologies in NEPA Reviews, includes a range of suggested practices derived from agency examples. Topics include meaningful engagement; scoping process, affected environment, alternatives, minority populations, low-income populations, impacts analysis, disproportionately high and adverse impacts, and mitigation and monitoring. The working group also has developed companion national training materials. For more information, link to the report. (3-31-16)

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FHWA Releases 2015 Environmental Justice Report

The Federal Highway Administration released its annual implementation report summarizing how the U.S. Department of Transportation is incorporating environmental justice (EJ) considerations across all departmental programs, policies and activities. Specific actions and ongoing work highlighted include the release of the FHWA Environmental Justice Reference Guide, the FTA’s National Transit Institute EJ training module and the FAA’s Title VI Awareness Tool. For more information, link to the report. (4-6-16)

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FHWA Releases March/April Issue of Public Roads

The Federal Highway Administration has released the March/April issue of Public Roads. The issue features an article discussing how the FHWA is revising the controlling criteria used for highway design policy to provide more flexibility for engineers to develop designs that meet various community needs. Another article examines how environmental justice affects the decision-making process at the FHWA. In addition, an article looks at the status of principles and practices affecting geometric design in the U.S. For more information, link to the issue. (4-4-16)

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    Pennsylvania DOT has developed its Every Voice Counts planning-level environmental justice guidance as well as separate project-level guidance.

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