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Air Quality and Sustainability Highlights

July/August 2010

Prepared by the Office of Planning, Environment and Realty
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Recent Events

AASHTO Hosts 2010 National Climate Change Symposium.On August 5 and 6, AASHTO in coordination with FHWA and FTA hosted this event for representatives from state DOTs. See the conference website for presentations by many State DOT representatives on their climate change mitigation and adaptation activities. Participants also heard from national experts such as David Herring of NOAA and Steve Seidel of the Pew Center, who discussed the challenges of communicating climate science, and had an opportunity to exchange views and experiences in two peer-to-peer discussion sessions focused on climate change mitigation and adaptation.

TRB Environment and Energy Research Conference Presentations Posted. Presentations from the July meeting are now posted, including many related to climate change. See all the presentations on the TRB Environment and Energy Conference website.

TR News Features Climate Change and Transportation. The May-June issue of TRB's TR News Magazine is titled Climate Change: Curbing Transportation's Contributions and features a bevy of informative articles on addressing greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector.

2010 Transportation Energy Data Book Released. On June 30, DOE's Oak Ridge National Lab released Edition 29 of its annual compendium of transportation energy statistics. According to the report, the carbon footprint of new cars and light trucks have been on the decline in the past 10 years with the exception of wagons and small SUVs, which have held fairly constant (Tables 11.8 and 11.9). Fleetwide emissions have continued to trend upward however (Tables 11.5-11.7), as the share of highway VMT by two-axle trucks (Table 3.6), VMT per capita (Table 8.2), and total VMT (Table 3.6) all increased between 1998 and 2008.


Welcome Mike Culp. Mike Culp has been selected as the new Sustainable Transport and Climate Change Team Leader. Mike most recently was with the FHWA Office of Project Development and Environmental Review where he was an Environmental Protection Specialist and coordinated many of FHWA's climate change adaptation activities.

FHWA Seeks Input on FY2011 Research. FHWA is requesting suggestions for and comments on lines of research to be pursued in our FY2011 STEP research program, which includes air quality and climate change research. Input is due by September 30. For more information or to provide feedback, see our STEP feedback website. (Link disabled 5/12)

FHWA's STEP to Host Air Quality and Climate Change Webinar September 28. 12:00-1:30 pm eastern time. Topics include but are not limited to: research efforts to support the implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency's Motor Vehicle Emission Simulator (MOVES) model; the National Near Road Mobile Source Air Toxics (MSAT) Study; the Conceptual Model for Conducting Assessments of Transportation Infrastructure Vulnerable to Global Climate Change Effects; as well as state and local projects underway that support air quality and climate change research. Registration is now open.

ASCE Green Streets & Highways Conference Announced. November 14-17, Denver Colorado. Topics include: energy, climate change, green materials, green construction methods, green rating systems, green design standards and practices, strategic recycling and reuse, and much more.

Online Sustainable Transportation Certificate Program Offered Through University of Washington. UW has a new online Certificate in Sustainable Transport: Environmental Issues and Impacts program starting this fall. The three evening courses spread over 9 months will examine the relationship between transportation and the environment, including energy, climate change, air pollution and water quality. Life-cycle analysis, transportation statistical analysis, and travel demand forecasting will be covered. An information webinar will be held September 14. FHWA has not been involved in the development of this program.

If you have any suggestions for inclusion in future issues of Transportation and Climate Change News, or if someone forwarded this newsletter to you and you'd like to receive it directly in the future, please send your suggestions or request to Becky Lupes at

FHWA HQ Climate Change Contacts in the Office of Planning, Environment & Realty:

Office of Natural and Human Environment, Sustainable Transport & Climate Change Team
Mike Culp, Team Leader,
John Davies,
Connie Hill Galloway,
Robert Kafalenos,
Becky Lupes,
Diane Turchetta,

Office of Planning
Robin Smith,

Office of Project Development & Environmental Review
Shari Schaftlein,

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