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Climate Change Mitigation Peer Exchanges: Comprehensive Report

5. Future Needs and Participant Recommendations

MPOs and DOTs expressed a number of needs from and recommendations for FHWA, including tools that would help them to both quantify and analyze their emissions and national policy or guidance to help MPOs and DOTs anticipate future Federal requirements.

MPOs and State DOTs are interested in tools and best practices for communicating with the public about climate change and transportation.

At all three peer exchanges, participants mentioned challenges they faced in communicating effectively with the public. Participants were interested in seeing examples of materials that peer organizations had prepared in order to develop their own messaging, although they also recognized the importance of tailoring these messages to their specific contexts. An online clearinghouse of communications materials that allowed users to sort by message or program type could be particularly helpful.

MPOs and State DOTs are interested in tools to help improve strategy analysis and selection.

MPOs and State DOTs are interested in assessing the impacts of their activities and plans, and some also expressed concern at the wide variety of techniques currently used to analyze emissions impacts and the extent to which these can (or cannot) be compared. Specific interests among participants included:

MPOs and State DOTs would like greater leadership and direction on policy issues such as freight and how best to incorporate climate change in regional plans.

Peer exchange participants mentioned several areas where a more coordinated national policy or a clearer understanding of national funding priorities would be helpful as they plan for the future.

Updated: 3/27/2014
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