The peer exchange, held on November 6 and 7, 2017, sponsored an assembly of key DOT stakeholders to contribute to an important dialogue on resiliency and assist transportation stakeholders in resolving issues related to extreme weather and sea level rise preparedness, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The meeting also provided practitioners the opportunity to build relationships, share experiences, learn from one another, and hear about the significant work completed over the last few years (independent State DOT studies, the FHWA pilot program, and work on engineering assessments, among others).
Leaders from numerous disciplines came together to address resiliency and establish a dialogue that other efforts would build upon in the future. In total, 60 attendees from 28 states and six agencies/organizations participated. There were five current and former CEOs, six assistant or deputy secretaries/chief engineers or chiefs (CIO, COO), one chief engineer, 12 other division/office directors and chiefs, along with managers and specialists. This event is part of an integrated, national effort to develop comprehensive materials that will help guide future processes, culminating in a series of documents and tools to be released at the end of 2018.
Presentations Day 1: Setting the Stage for Resiliency
- The Case for Resiliency to Extreme Weather Events – Dave Fletcher, GPC, Inc.
- Maryland Vulnerability Assessments – Elizabeth Habic, Maryland Department of Transportation
- National and State Perspectives: Considering Climate is Responsible Asset Management – Carol Lee Roalkvam, WSDOT Environmental Services Office, Policy Branch Manager
- 2017 Resiliency Peer Exchange: Day 1 Highlights – Paula Hammond, Mike Meyer
Presentations Day 2: Creating a More a Resilient DOT
- Resilient By Design Post-Sandy Design Guidelines and Practice at PANYNJ – Josh DeFlorio, Chief, Resilience & Sustainability
- Transportation Planning in the Face of Extreme Weather and Climate Impacts – Chris Schmidt, Division Chief, Division of Transportation Planning, Caltrans
- Georgia DOT’s Experience with System Resilience: Learning from Past Experience – Meg Pirkle, P.E., Chief Engineer Georgia Department of Transportation
- A Guide to Community Resilience Planning for Buildings and Infrastructure Systems – Therese McAllister, PE, PhD, Community Resilience Group Leader and Program Manager, National Institute of Standards and Technology