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Call for Transportation and Environmental Research Ideas

The Center for Environmental Excellence by AASHTO is accepting submissions to the Transportation and Environmental Research Ideas (TERI) database. Suggestions for new ideas are welcome from practitioners across the transportation and environmental community.  Proposals are due May 8, 2017. For more information, link to the call for research ideas. To submit ideas visit the TERI database.

Expediting Project Delivery Webinar March 23: Streamlining Decision Making in Project Delivery

A webinar scheduled for March 23 will address activities agencies can consider to streamline decision making and expedite project delivery. Presenters include Tim Hill, Ohio DOT; Denise McClafferty, Maricopa Association of Governments; Arizona; Kate Kurgan, AASHTO; and David Williams, FHWA. For registration info link here.

Webinar recording available: Complying with Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act for Transportation Projects

A recording is now available of the Jan. 31 to describe a new Practitioner’s Handbook, Complying with Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act for Transportation Projects. This webinar featured a series of panelists who presented the Handbook and provided examples of ESA complianceThe Handbook was developed by the Center for Environmental Excellence by AASHTO, in coordination with FHWA. For registration information, link here.

AASHTO Seeks 2017 Transportation Management Fellow

AASHTO is seeking nominees from the AASHTO member transportation departments for the 2017 AASHTO Transportation Management Fellowship to work on engineering and transportation policy issues in AASHTO's Washington, DC, office during calendar year 2017. This one-year fellowship provides the successful candidate(s) with the opportunity to interact with engineers, transportation professionals, and policy-makers from across the country. For more information, link here.

Webinar Materials Available: Practical Tips on Implementing the Eco-Logical Approach

The Center for Environmental Excellence by AASHTO held a webinar on Nov. 10 to present Practitioner’s Handbook 16,  Implementing Eco-Logical: Integrating Transportation Planning and Ecological Decision Making. The webinar explained the Practitioner’s Handbook format, discuss the benefits of the Eco-Logical approach, and highlight three agency examples of implementation. To access the webinar recording and handbooklink here

Center Launches Programmatic Agreement Roadmap, Tracking Tool

The Center for Environmental Exellence by AASHTO's has lanched the Roadmap and Tracking Tool for Programmatic Agreements, including a May 23, 2016, introductory webinar by the Center and the Federal Highway Administration. The Roadmap is a user-friendly web-based tool that will guide practitioners through the process to develop and implement a programmatic agreement. The Tracking Tool provides a web-based template for state DOTs to track the benefits of programmatic agreements. For more information and webinar recording, link here.

Webinar Recording: Moving Environmental Justice Forward in Transportation Planning and Project Development

A May 18, 2016, webinar highlighted 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  highlighted the EJ Road Map, what FHWA is doing to advance the integration of EJ, effective practices from practitioners, and emerging issues. For the webinar recording and peer exchange information, link here.

Call for Research Proposals: TERI Database Deadline Extended to May 30

Research proposals are being accepted until May 30, 2016, for the Transportation and Environmental Research Ideas (TERI) Database. TERI is a central storehouse for tracking and sharing new transportation and environmental research ideas. The Center for Environmental Excellence by AASHTO maintains TERI and keeps all content current. Suggestions for new ideas are welcome from practitioners across the transportation and environmental community. For more information link to the call for proposals; to submit your ideas, visit TERI.

AASHTO Webinar Recording: Navigating NEPA to Advance Multimodal Transportation Projects

AASHTO held a  webinar on March 1 to explore the results of NCHRP 25-43, Navigating Multi-Agency NEPA Processes to Advance Multimodal Transportation Projects. This recently completed research identifies challenges that transportation agencies typically face when carrying out a NEPA process involving more than one U.S. DOT agency. For more information including the webinar recording and presentations, link here.

Presentations posted from Environmental Justice Peer Exchange

Presentations from a February 2016 Environmental Justice Peer Exchange hosted by AASHTO are now available on the Center for Environmental Excellence by AASHTO website. The outcome of the peer exchange was a roadmap that documents strategies and highlights MPO and State DOT Environmental Justice/Title VI efforts, to guide the state of the practice over the next two to three years. For more information, link to the peer exchange materials.

Webinar Recording: Stormwater Program Organizational Structure

A webinar on stormwater program organizational structure for state DOTs was held on March 17, 2016, sponsored by the Center for Environmental Excellence by AASHTO and the Federal Highway Administration. The webinar addressed organizational attributes that are key to an ideal organization structure that promotes surface water quality protection.  For more details and to view the recording, link here.

Case Law Updates on the Environment: Year in Review Reports

The Center for Environmental Excellence by AASHTO (CEE) held webinar on March 22, 2016, highlighting key court decisions in 2015 involving the NEPA process for transportation projects. The webinar discussed 18 case summaries highlighted in the 2015 Year in Review report. The summaries and "Year in Review Reports" are featured on the Case Law Updates on the Environment (CLUE) Database on the CEE website. To view the webinar recording, link here

Feb. 23 Webinar on AASHTO Noise Practitioners Summit

A webinar to discuss the results of the Oct. 2015 Noise Practitioners Summit and resultant roadmap was held Feb. 23, sponsored by AASHTO in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration. The webinar discussed regulation, traffic noise modeling and abatement, construction noise and vibration, design/build projects, and technology transfer. For more information, including a summary white paper, link here.

Center for Environmental Excellence by AASHTO Updates Website Content

The Center for Environmental Excellence by AASHTO announces updated website content, including more than 20 new case studies, new topics, and revised content on 21 separate topic areas. For more information, link to the announcement and the Center Website Home Page.

AASHTO Webinar: Stormwater and DOT Construction Projects (1-28-16)

A webinar to discuss the latest developments in stormwater tools, administration, and enforcement programs for transportation project construction was held on Jan. 28, sponsored by AASHTO and the Federal Highway Administration. For more information, link to webinar recording and presentations.

AASHTO Traffic Noise Practitioners Summit Materials Available

Information from an October 2015 Traffic Noise Practitioners Summit is available on the Center for Environmental Excellence by AASHTO website. For more information, including agenda, introduction and presentations, link to the summit overview.

Information from AASHTO's State DOT NEPA Assumption Peer Exchange Available

Information from a Nov. 2015 peer exchange on state transportation agencies’ assumption of responsibility for Federal Highway Administration environmental review authority under the National Environmental Policy Act is available on the Center for Environmental Excellence by AASHTO website. For more information, link to the peer exchange overview

New Postings on AASHTO Case Law Updates on the Environment (CLUE) Database

Eighteen new case law summaries have been posted on the Case Law Updates on the Environment (CLUE) Database on the Center for Environmental Excellence by AASHTO website. Updates include cases decided through the end of October 2015. To access the latest summaries, link to "All Legal Issues" in the CLUE database.

Dec. 8 Webinar: AASHTO Stormwater Community of Practice Water Quality Post-construction BMPs and Project Delivery

A webinar on water quality post-construction best management practices (BMPs) for transportation agencies will be held Dec. 8 by the Center for Environmental Excellence by AASHTO and the Federal Highway Administration.  The webinar will be held from 11am -12:30 pm Eastern Time. For more information, link here.

AASHTO Conference on 21st Century Mobility: Presentations, Summary posted (10-30-15)

In July 2015, AASHTO’s Standing Committees on Environment, Planning, Public Transportation, and the Subcommittee on Highway Transport held a joint meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, to capitalize on the overlapping focus areas between environmental, planning, public transportation, and freight professionals at the state departments of transportation (DOTs). Link to presentations and Summary White Paper.

AASHTO Report: How DOTs Communicate Environmental Benefits of Transportation (3-9-15)

A report analyzing how state transportation agencies communicate the environmental benefits of transportation and how those communications could be improved has been issued by the Center for Environmental Excellence by AASHTO.

New Case Law Summaries Posted in AASHTO CLUE Database (Jan. 2015)

Twenty one new case law summaris related to environmental issues in transportation are now available on the Center for Environmental Excellence by AASHTo Website. The newly added case summaries the in Case Law Updates on the Environment (CLUE) database include 16 cases involving highway projects, four involving transit projects, and one involving a multimodal project.

Materials Available on Preparing High Quality NEPA Documents

Materials available on the recently released Practitioner's Handbook on Preparing High Quality Environmental Documents for Transportation Projects

Report: Techniques for Preparing High Quality NEPA Documents

Techniques for preparing high quality environmental documents for transportation projects and real-world examples of those techniques are provided in a report produced by the Center for Environmental Excellence by AASHTO. Link to the report.

AASHTO National Stormwater Practitioners Meeting: Materials Now Available

Materials are available from the July 28-31, 2014, National Stormwater Practitioners Meeting, sponsored by the Center for Environmental Excellence by AASHTO.The event brought together department of transportation stormwater experts from more than 35 states to exchange ideas, best practices, and lessons learned related to improving DOT stormwater programs. 

AASHTO Develops Briefing Paper on DOT Stormwater Program Audits

A briefing paper to assist state departments of transportation in preparing for potential compliance audits of their stormwater management programs has been developed by the Center for Environmental Excellence by AASHTO. The paper provides DOTs with information about the U.S. EPA audit process for municipal separate storm sewer systems.

AASHTO 2014 Air Quality Peer Exchange Materials Posted

Materials are now available from the May 6-7 Air Quality Peer Exchange sponsored by the Center for Environmental Excellence by AASHTO. The event brought together more than 40 air quality practitioners from around the country to exchange ideas, best practices, and lessons learned related to air quality issues facing State Departments of Transportation. Materials include a summary white paper and presentations. 

AASHTO Issues RFP for Extreme Weather Meeting Sessions

AASHTO is seeking contractor assistance with developing sessions about extreme weather and climate resiliency at key AASHTO summer meetings and regional meetings. AASHTO would like the contractor to attend and give presentations, as needed, during these sessions. Proposals are due March 18. For more information, link to the RFP and associated Amendment.

AASHTO Posts Air Quality Community of Practice Report: Construction Emissions Analysis

AASHTO's Air Quality Community of Practice has posted a report on minimizing short term emissions impacts from construction activities and equipment.  The report discusses how road construction activities can result in fugitive dust emissions from various types of activities, as well as exhaust emissions from heavy duty construction equipment. To access the report, link here.

AASHTO Requests Proposals for Air Quality Peer Exchange

AASHTO’s Center for Environmental Excellence is seeking proposals for consultant support for a two-day peer exchange focusing on air quality issues, for approximately 15-20 state DOT air quality experts in Spring 2014. The peer exchange will provide a forum for participants to discuss air quality challenges, research gaps, and technical assistance needs.  Proposals are due Oct. 25. To access the RFP, link here.

AASHTO Updates Environmental Stewardship Compendium for Highway Construction, Maintenance

An updated chapter on winter operations and salt, sand and chemical management has been added to the Center for Environmental Excellence by AASHTO's Compendium of Environmental Stewardship Practices for Highway Construction & Maintenance. Link here to access the updated Chapter.

AASHTO CEE Launches MAP-21 Topic

The Center for Environmental Excellence by AASHTO has launched a new topic covering the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). The section includes the following sections: an overview of the law's provisions; recent developments; case studies; research, documents and reports; and organizations and training. Link to the MAP-21 topic.

AASHTO White Paper Provides Summary of Extreme Weather Events Symposium

A summary document describing AASHTO’s May 2013 National Symposium on Extreme Weather Events is available from AASHTO. To access the White Paper, link here.

2013 Call for Transportation and Environmental Research Ideas

AASHTO has issued a call for transportation and environmental research ideas to the Center for Environmental Excellence by AASHTO via the Transportation and Environmental Research Ideas (TERI) Database. The Center will accept new TERI research ideas through Tuesday, June 18th. If you are unable to make the deadline, you may still submit your ideas, but they will not be considered for recommendation to NCHRP in this cycle.

AASHTO Seeks Proposals For Research Support Services

AASHTO has issued a request for proposals for support in management of environmental research tasks, including the TERI research database, implementation of research topics, and services associated with SHRP 2 products, including C06 Implementing Ecological and C19 Expedited Planning and Environmental Review. More info.

Integrating Extreme Weather Risk into Transportation Asset Management

A White Paper issued by AASHTO examines how elements of transportation asset management provide a mechanism for integrating consideration of extreme weather risk into transportation agency decision making (12-4-12).

AASHTO 'Leaner and Greener' Report Highlights Sustainable Transportation Efforts

The Leaner and Greener report and related video issued by AASHTO showcases some of the many ways transportation agencies are simultaneously cutting costs, helping the environment, and strengthening communities.

Request for Proposals for AASHTO Extreme Weather Impacts Conference

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) invites offerors (bidders) to submit offers (proposals) for a Request for Proposal for the AASHTO Extreme Weather Impacts Conference. Offers in PDF are due to the attention of Strat Cavros no later than 4PM EDT October 26, 2012. For more information, link to the RFP and the RFP Amendment.

Oct. 23 Webinar on 2012 Stormwater Practitioners Meeting

Information presented at AASHTO’s 2012 Stormwater Practitioners Meeting was be described in an Oct. 23 webinar sponsored by the Center for Environmental Excellence by AASHTO. The webinar discussed highlights from the practitioners meeting, DOT challenges with stormwater requirements, and peer to peer exchange of information. In addition, it will provide an update on stormwater regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency and will discuss best practices from state DOTs. For more information link here.

June 7 AASHTO Stormwater Webinar Focuses on Post-Construction BMP Selection

A webinar, Post Construction BMP Selection – Runoff Management to Meet Quantitative Pollution Limits, was held by AASHTO on June 7. For more information, link to the Stormwater Webinar page.

Report Offers Road Map to Accelerate Adoption of Electric Vehicles

A plan for coordinating public and private sector action to accelerate the adoption of plug-in electric vehicles nationwide is presented in a report produced by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions with support from the Center for Environmental Excellence by AASHTO. For more information, link here.

AASHTO Report Offers Case Studies on Historic Bridge Rehabilitation

Case studies of best practices for historic bridge rehabilitation from across the country are detailed in a report produced by the Center for Environmental Excellence by AASHTO’s Historic Bridges Community of Practice. Link to Case Studies on Rehabilitation of Historic Bridges.

Practitioner's Handbook Issued on Section 401(b)(1) Guidelines

Guidance on complying with Clean Water Act Section 404(b)(1) guidelines in the environmental review process for surface transportation projects is provided in a Practitioner’s Handbook published by the Center for Environmental Excellence by AASHTO. For more information, link here.

AASHTO Webinar on Strategies for Stormwater Management Held June 28

AASHTO’s stormwater webinar series continued on June 28 with a review of strategies that transportation agencies are undertaking in Maryland, Colorado, and Oregon. To access a recording of the webinar, link here.

Stormwater Webinar Available for Viewing - Construction Effluent Guidelines

This April 28 AASHTO webinar provides an overview of the emerging requirements and highlights the current state of practice in controlling transportation construction runoff and strategies for meeting permitting requirements as well as how effluent guidelines may be implemented in state construction permit renewals. Link here.

AASHTO Issues Practitioner's Handbook on Assessing Indirect Effects, Cumulative Impacts

Tips and guidance on assessing indirect effects and cumulative impacts under NEPA for transportation projects are provided in a new handbook issued by the Center for Environmental Excellence by AASHTO. Link to Practitioner’s Handbook 12, Assessing Indirect Effects and Cumulative Impacts Under NEPA as well as the recorded webinar on the Handbook.

AASHTO Issues New Air Quality Community of Practice Report

The AASHTO Air Quality Community of Practice has issued a new report, Use of Transportation Control Measures and Reasonably Available Control Measures in Approved or Submitted State Implementation Plans. To access the report, link here. (4-22-11)

National Planning and Environmental Practitioners Meeting: June 20-23

AASHTO's Standing Committee on Environment and Standing Committee on Planning, in conjunction with the Center for Environmental Excellence, will sponsor the National Planning and Environmental Practitioners Meeting in Boston, MA, on June 20-23, 2011. For more information, link to the event website.

Report on EPA's Post-Construction Stormwater Rule Issued by AASHTO COP

The AASHTO Stormwater Management Community of Practice (COP) has issued a new state-of-the-practice report on EPA's post-construction stormwater control rulemaking. To access the report, link here. (2-16-11)

2011 Call for Environmental Research Ideas

Practitioners are invited to submit transportation and environmental research ideas to the Center for Environmental Excellence by AASHTO via the Transportation and Environmental Research Ideas (TERI) Database through Friday April 22nd for the current cycle of NCHRP projects. To submit ideas, link here.

AASHTO COP Issues Report on Establishing Air Quality Background Concentrations

The AASHTO Air Quality Community of Practice (COP) has issued the following report, Establishing Air Quality Background Concentration Levels for Projects, State-of-the-Practice, Dec. 2010.

AASHTO Report, Library Summarize Effective Programmatic Agreements

A compilation of select programmatic agreements from state transportation agencies is provided in a report produced by the Center for Environmental Excellence by AASHTO and in an updated online database as a part of a strategy for expediting project delivery, in support of FHWA's Every Day Counts Initiative. For more information, link to Programmatic Agreements Update 2010 and to the Programmatic Agreements Library.

AASHTO Resumes Climate Change Webinar Series

AASHTO's series of climate change webinars continues through June 2011. These webinars, sponsored by AASHTO and FHWA, are intended to assist state DOTs and other transportation agencies in planning and implementing actions to respond to climate change. For more information, link to the Climate Change Webinar Series page.

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