Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from U.S. Transportation

This webinar presents a major report that was issued by the Pew Center on Climate Change and commissioned by the National Cooperative Highway Research Program. The report identifies reasonable actions across three fronts – technology, policy, and consumer behavior – that could deliver up to a 65 percent reduction in transportation emissions from current levels by 2050.

What can state DOTs expect in Federal legislation on climate change and energy?

This webinar presents information on the outlook for federal energy and climate change provisions being legislated by the new Congress in 2011, including prospects for Federal transportation planning provisions on climate change and also legislation to advance electric vehicles. Speakers are Bill Malley of Perkins-Coie, Judi Greenwald of the Pew Center on Climate Change, and Genevieve Cullen, Vice President of the Electric Drive Transportation Association.

How can state DOTs communicate climate change and energy challenges to the public?

This webinar features a presentation on “Global Warming’s Six Americas,” a market segmentation analysis of different groups of Americans and their views on climate change: Alarmed; Concerned; Cautious; Disengaged: Doubtful; and Dismissive. Based on an awareness of different views about climate change, the webinar focuses on ways that state DOTs and other transportation organizations can communicate with the public about climate change and energy issues. The webinar also includes discussion of the state DOT role in communicating about climate change vis-à-vis other state and Federal agencies.

Reducing GHG Through Low-Carbon Fuels and Fuel-Efficient Vehicles

David L. Greene of the Oak Ridge National Lab, speaks about near-, mid-, and long-term prospects for GHG reduction through vehicles and fuels. Steven Marshall, who is working with the West Coast Corridor Coalition (including the state DOTs of CA, OR, WA, and AK) speaks about opportunities for state DOTs to help expedite the transition to low carbon fuels, based on his work with the West Coast Corridor Coalition. Alan Jones, of Tennessee DOT, discusses Tennessee’s initiatives to provide alternative fueling infrastructure, install truck electrification equipment at truck stops, and promote diesel engine retrofits.

Reducing GHG through VMT Strategies

This webinar covers strategies a state DOT can consider to reduce GHG through moderating or reducing VMT growth, and includes a discussion of the various strategies to limit or reduce VMT through land use, carpooling/vanpooling, telework programs, transit, bike/ped, and other means. Presentations include a profile of Maine DOT’s Gateway 1 project and their coordination of land use/transportation planning with local governments, and FHWA strategies for reducing GHG. This webinar has been approved for 2.0 AICP CM credits.

Reducing GHG through Traffic Operations, Construction, Maintenance and Agency Operations

This webinar provides an overview of how GHG can be reduced through efficient traffic operations, eco-driving programs, construction and maintenance practices, and internal agency operations. The presentation includes an overview of strategies and their potential GHG reductions, and a profile of NYSDOT activities to reduce GHG through efficient operations and internal agency practices. This webinar has been approved for 1.5 AICP CM credits.