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- FHWA Releases Advancing a Sustainable Highway System: Highlights of FHWA Sustainability Activities The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is committed to improving the sustainability triple bottom line - social, economic, and environmental outcomes - of its activities. FHWA has spearheaded numerous efforts to address and advance sustainability ranging from projects to mitigate climate change impacts, to initiatives that promote sustainable pavements and improve safety, to tools to better assess the benefits and costs of transportation investments. Advancing a Sustainable Highway System: Highlights of FHWA Sustainability Activities illustrates how sustainability has been incorporated into a wide variety of FHWA programs, projects, policies, processes, and partnerships. It is intended to be used by a diverse audience of transportation agency professionals at the Federal, State, and local level as well as the general public.
- "A Guidebook for Sustainability Performance Measurement for Transportation Agencies" was published by the Transportation Research Board (TRB). This guidebook was prepared for the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP Report 708) and is available at the TRB Website. This research project was led by the Texas Transportation Institute and draws on the expertise of a diverse team of researchers and academics - Cambridge Systematics, CH2MHill, High Street Consulting, Dr. Henrik Gudmundsson, Dr. Greg Marsden, Dr. Ralph Hall and Dr. Steven Muench. The Guidebook provides a practical approach to understanding sustainability, and identifying and applying sustainability-related performance measures. The Guidebook also discusses linkages to an agency's mission and strategic plan, and the integration of these sustainability measures into other programs and agency business practices. The Guidebook provides a generally-applicable framework that transportation agencies can adapt and use, either in their existing performance measurement programs or as a part of a new sustainability initiative. The guidebook also contains a compendium of sustainability performance measures, with a menu of goals, objectives and performance measures that agencies can use as the basis for their performance measurement applications.
- The Role of Transportation Systems Management & Operations in Supporting Livability and Sustainability - Transportation agencies have long been tasked with helping to support community goals of mobility, accessibility, and economic vitality. Recently, there has been a rising interest in having sustainability and livability goals help guide transportation system investments, with considerable focus on the interrelationship between transportation infrastructure, housing, and land use planning.
- Transportation Planning for Sustainability Guidebook (PDF 18Mb) (January 2011). Sustainability Evaluation and Planning Guidance for Transportation Systems (Transportation Planning Cooperative Research Broad Agency Announcement DTFH61-08-R-00011)