TRB is sponsoring the Transportation for Sustainability–An International Conference on May 7-8, 2015 in Washington, D.C. The conference is designed to draw attention to the global and international aspects of transportation and sustainability, including problems of transportation and sustainability that are common to many nations.
The conference will provide an opportunity to showcase state-of-the-art solutions that can be applied in the United States and other countries; address sustainability and international relations that arise when transportation modes cross country borders; and highlight issues of global sustainability related to transportation that may be hard to effectively address because of a lack of knowledge and research capacity.
The webcast will include all plenary sessions, breakout sessions, and two working group discussions (Developing Countries: Challenges on the Path to Sustainability and Practitioner’s Guidance on Implementing Sustainability).
The AASHTO Standing Committee on Environment (SCOE) is looking for quick-response research ideas relating to environmental issues under the NCHRP Project 25-25. The funded research projects typically range in cost from $35,000 – $125,000 and must be completed in less than 15 months.
The research can focus on the development of analytical methods, decision-support tools, procedures, and techniques to assist State DOTs with environmental stewardship, program development, and project delivery.
Proposals should be submitted to TERI before June 1, 2015 to be considered for the 2015-2016 research cycle.
We are looking forward to seeing our members and friends at the ADD40 Committee Meeting next Wednesday from 8:00am to 12:00pm, Marriott Marquis, Independence D (M4).
- Welcome and introductions (Joe Zietsman) – 15 mins
- TRB updates (Monica Starnes) – 10 mins
- Committee business (Damon Fordham) – 15 mins
- 2015 mid-year meeting: May 7-8, 2015 in Washington, D.C at the Transportation for Sustainability–An International Conference
- Upcoming rotations
- Subcommittee business – 60 mins
- Communications (Ralph Hall) – 10 mins
- Paper Review (John McArthur) – 10 mins
- Session planning (Tien-Tien Chan) – 10 mins
- Sustainability Measurement Subcommittee (Henrik Gudmundsson and Dan Hardy) – 10 mins
- International Subcommittee (April Marchese) – 10 mins
- Research Subcommittee Update (Ralph Hall) – 10 mins
- International Conference planning (April Marchese) – 30 mins
- Liaisons to other committees (Ralph Hall) – 25 mins
- Climate Change joint subcommittee (Rich Baldauf) – 5 mins
- Health and Transportation joint subcommittee (John McArthur) – 15 mins
- Discussion: what does health and transportation mean for our committee?
- Other – 5 mins
- Presentation – 20 mins incl. Q&A
- Update on international activities in sustainability (Dr. Greg Marsden, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds)
- Debriefs from preceding sessions and workshops – 30 mins
- WORKSHOP 102: Climate Resilience: Results and Lessons Learned from the FHWA Climate Resilience Pilots | Sunday 9:00AM- 12:00PM | Rebecca K. Lupes, Federal Highway Administration
- WORKSHOP 120: Tools to Support Health and Transportation Planning and Analysis | Sunday 9:00AM- 12:00PM | Ed Christopher, Federal Highway Administration
- WORKSHOP 149: Environmental Sensing and Reliable Communication from Sensors to Decisions: a Bottom- Up and Top-to-Bottom Approach Filling the Gap for Transportation Climate Resiliency | Sunday 1:30PM- 4:30PM | Marie Venner, Venner Consulting
- POSTER SESSION 305: Transportation and Sustainability | Monday 10:45AM- 12:30PM | John MacArthur, Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium
- SESSION 402: Implementing TDM Strategies – International Perspective | Monday 3:45PM- 5:30PM | Tien-Tien Chan, Fehr & Peers
- SESSION 672: The Elusive Three E’s: Economy, Equity, and Environment–Can Green Infrastructure Rating Tools Save the Day? | Tuesday 3:45PM – 5:30PM | J. Matthew Carpenter, Sacramento Area Council of Governments
- SESSION 677: Sustainable Transportation Indicators & Measures – From Meta to Local Perspectives | Tuesday 3:45PM- 5:30PM | Todd Alexander Litman, Victoria Transport Policy Institute, Canada
- POSTER SESSION 710: Where Transportation Meets Public Health | Tuesday 4:15PM- 6:00PM | Eloisa Tigre Raynault, Planning Communities, LLC
- Announcements of remaining sessions and workshops – 5 mins
- SESSION 829: Department of Transportation Experience with Sustainability Tools | Wednesday 2:30PM- 4:00PM | Tina Hodges, Federal Highway Administration
- WORKSHOP 867: The Urgent Need for Improved Pedestrian Infrastructure and Options: Issues, Solutions, and Gaps | Thursday 8:00AM- 12:00PM | Ilona Kastenhofer, Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation and Research
- Roundtable updates from the floor (1 min/person max) – 10 mins
- Any other business – 5 mins
Over the past several weeks, ADD40 has started developing a website to index information on emerging sustainability papers, core/foundational papers, and tools. The site (with preliminary content) is available at: www.trbsustainability.org/
There are two bodies of content that we’d like to ask your help in populating:
- New papers or other material can be posted to the site via our Twitter handle @SusTransPapers. Simply use your Twitter account and tweet to @SusTransPapers with your paper information and it’ll show on the site in our embedded feed. Please see our initial post for an example. These do not have to be only your papers! Please post papers that you feel the community will find valuable. We also encourage you to follow the Twitter account directly.
- The Foundational Texts section is meant to provide the community with core content that we feel are “must reads” or important tools. Please provide us with your recommendations via the form and we’ll consolidate and integrate into the Library site. We have already listed some content and are planning on updating with the recommendations we receive. We are considering separating tools into their own section.
Transportation for Sustainability – An International Conference
Keck Center of the National Academies, 500 Fifth St., N.W. Washington, D.C., USA. May 6 – May 8, 2015
Call for Student Posters
About the Conference: Sustainability has emerged as an overarching concern for the transportation sector around the world. This international conference, supported by the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, will present thought-provoking examples of sustainability thinking, analysis, and practice in the transportation field. The conference will especially promote approaches that adopt a holistic view on sustainability, combining the key dimensions of sustainability (economic, social, and environmental) and addressing present and future needs. It will aim to stimulate debate on how such a view can be consolidated into practice and research. A central aim is to explore ways toward institutionalizing sustainable practices globally.
The Conference Planning Committee is now re-opening the call for Student Posters. The 15 best poster proposals will be accepted for display and discussion at the poster session.
Students who have submitted to the first round DO NOT NEED to resubmit their poster but can choose to do so.
The poster abstracts need to reflect excellence of research as well as relevance for one or more of the following conference topics:
- Global Initiatives on Sustainability in Transportation: International frameworks for incorporating sustainability into transportation; impacts of sustainable—or unsustainable—transportation on the global economy, sustainability issues in air travel, marine travel, and at border crossings.
- Policies, Programs, Projects, and Institutional Approaches: Case studies; national, state, or local sustainability strategies or policies; institutional arrangements for adopting sustainability approaches.
- Assessment, Monitoring, and Evaluation: Metrics needs and existing tools to measure sustainability in transportation; data resources; applications of sustainability measurement.
Examples of student poster topics might include: How to measure and account for sustainability in transportation; Institutional arrangements to promote sustainability; Integrating sustainability in transportation industry and business; Workforce development for sustainability in transportation; Considerations for applying sustainability criteria in specific settings (e.g., culture, geography); The use of social media to promote and support sustainable transportation behavior; Engaging citizens, stakeholders and generation X/Y in sustainable transportation practice.
Format of Abstracts: Abstracts must be in English and include name, affiliation, and contact information (email) for the corresponding poster author. Information about all co-authors must also be provided. To be considered for participation in the poster session, poster abstracts must account for how a holistic approach to sustainability is adopted in the analysis or practice to be presented. Abstracts should be limited to 500 words. Final posters selected for submission need to adhere to certain size and design criteria to be announced.
Review of Abstracts: The posters will be reviewed by an editorial panel and the best poster will receive an award.
Deadlines and Dates:
- Submission of proposed poster abstracts: January 30, 2015
- Notice of acceptance of poster presentations: February 13, 2015
- Commitment by author to present: February 27, 2015
Final acceptance of poster is conditional upon the registration to the conference.
Contact information for abstract submission and call-for-posters queries:
Please submit your abstract via email to Brittney Gick at BGick@nas.edu
The National Center for Sustainable Transportation and Georgia Tech’s research team are leading the effort to develop a model transportation sustainability curriculum that is accessible to any university. The plan is to develop eight modular undergraduate and graduate courses. The modular design (five-week topic sequences) will allow materials to be mixed and matched as needed by end users. A number of courses will also be designed and offered as professional education courses to be offered remotely by the Georgia Tech and USC/Cal State Long Beach Professional Education programs.
Surveys are currently being conducted to identify the most relevant topics for the current and future workforce, and to identify texts/publications and sustainability analysis tools used by researchers and practitioners. ADD40 has endorsed this effort and is asking for your assistance. By completing the attached survey, you will be providing input from your perspective on the relative importance of transportation sustainability topics. The survey should not take longer than 20 minutes.
Please email your completed survey to Judith Cruz (firstname.lastname@example.org), or mail the completed survey to:
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
790 Atlantic Drive Atlanta, GA 30332-0355
The ADD40 committee will be holding its mid-year meeting on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, from 4:00-5:30pm (Eastern) at the NYC MTA, 2 Broadway, New York, NY 10004, in Room A5.01. We have arranged a call-in number for those members and friends who will not be able to join in person. The number is included in the meeting agenda (below).
The ADD40 committee has just released two Calls for Papers for the 2015 TRB Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Paper submission is open from June 1 to August 1. All the papers submitted in response to these calls will be reviewed by ADD40’s members and friends and used to shape the sessions the committee sponsors at the upcoming Annual Meeting.
- The TRB Transportation and Sustainability Committee (ADD40) is soliciting papers that discuss mechanisms for institutionalizing sustainable best practices within transportation agencies and other organizations, with a focus on promoting a culture of sustainability within the institution. Analysis of real-world case studies, as well as more theoretical research on potential strategies and initiatives, are of interest.
- The TRB Transportation and Sustainability Committee (ADD40) is soliciting papers that highlight international sustainable transportation best practices, with an emphasis on those practices that have a particular application to the transportation system in the United States. Papers addressing the transportation-related UN Sustainable Development Goals that came out of the Rio +20 conference are encouraged.