Sustainable Highways Initiative

FHWA Initiatives News
arrow

Call for Alternative Fuel Corridor (AFC) Nominations (10-2017)
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has called for nominations for the 2017 Alternative Fuels Corridor. The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act requires that the Secretary of Transportation must identify short- and long-term need, and location for, electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, hydrogen fueling infrastructure, propane fueling infrastructure, and natural gas fueling infrastructure along national highways to improve the mobility of passenger and commercial vehicles that employ renewable and low-carbon fuels across the country. Nominations are due by close of business on November 30, 2017. Contact Diane Turchetta at 202-493-0158 or Diane.Turchetta@dot.gov for more information.

arrow

Series of FHWA Webinars on Climate Resiliency (9-2017)
A series of webinars focused on FHWA’s climate resiliency-focused projects. Topics include the impacts of climate conditions and extreme weather events on transportation projects, green infrastructure, and FHWA’s climate change and extreme weather vulnerability assessment framework. The webinars run from September 28 through November 16, 2017.

arrow

New Vehicle-To-Vehicle Technologies Demonstrated by FHWA (9-2017)
FHWA conducted a test of emerging vehicle-to-vehicle communications technology. Three-truck platoons used the new Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control technology, which allows trucks to follow each other more closely and travel more efficiently.

arrow

Health Considerations Integrated in North Central Texas’ Long-Range Planning (7-2017)
FHWA details how health considerations are being integrated into the North Central Texas Council of Governments’ (NCTCOG) Long Range Planning efforts. NCTCOG is using resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to identify health indicators, data for transportation-related public health measures, and strategies for public health.

arrow

Webinar Recording: Energy and Emissions Reduction Policy Analysis Tool (7-2017)
A webinar recording is now available for FHWA’s Energy and Emissions Reduction Policy Analysis Tool, which analyzes and forecasts transportation energy consumption and related emissions, and addresses demand-side transportation strategies for climate policy.

arrow

Winners of the 2017 Environmental Excellence Award Announced (5-2017)
The 2017 Environmental Excellence Award recipients were announced by FHWA in late May. Projects that received awards included the Massachusetts DOT’s Impaired Waters Program, Atlanta’s Roadside Emissions Exposure Study, and Colorado’s I-70 Eastbound Peak Period Shoulder Lane.

arrow

Integrating Extreme Weather & Asset Management (5-22-2017)
FHWA is taking applications for developing 4-6 pilot case studies on extreme weather and climate risk in asset management. This program is for States that have begun to study the risks of extreme weather events and climate change. The application deadline is June 30, 2017.

arrow

Transportation Planning Excellence Awards for 2017 Announced (5-2017)
The winners of FHWA’s 2017 Transportation Planning Excellence Awards were announced. The San Diego Association of Governments took “best of the best” award for its San Diego Forward Regional Plan. Winning initiatives/projects were focused on sustainable communities, transit systems, multimodal planning, community outreach, bicycle and pedestrian planning, and streetscapes.

arrow

FHWA Newsletter On Air Quality and Climate Change (2-2017)
FHWA has published the December 2016/January 2017 newsletter, which includes information concerning the EPA’s final rule for air quality models, the proposed 2015 Ozone Standard Implementation Rule, and updates to the Motor Vehicle Emission Simulator 2014a. The newsletter also provides information on the 6th Transportation Research Board annual meeting and lists upcoming meetings, conferences, workshops, and training opportunities.

arrow

Florida DOT and FHWA’s Environmental Review Agreement (12-2016)
Federally funded highway projects in Florida will save time and money under the new environmental review agreement between Florida DOT and FHWA. Under NEPA assignment, FDOT will be legally responsible for ensuring that all federally funded highway projects continue to comply with all aspects of NEPA prior to approving any related NEPA documents.

View More News Items, Back to Top, and View News Archives View More News Items Back to Top View News Archives View Fewer News Items, Back to Top, and View News Archives View Fewer News Items Back to Top View News Archives Publications
Time-lapse photograph at night of a busy divided highway adjacent to tall buildings, showing vehicles on one side as white streaks and vehicles on the other as red streaks
arrow

Resilience Assessments of NY, NJ, CT After Hurricane Sandy (10-2017)
FHWA released a study of the NY-NJ-CT metro region’s resilience to extreme weather, climate change, and sea level rise. The report identifies methods to reduce vulnerabilities to extreme weather in transportation systems using lessons learned from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and other recent weather events, as well as future climate projections. The report includes regional, subarea, and facility level assessments.

arrow

Endangered Species Consultation Process Highlighted in FHWA Newsletter (10-2017)
The Endangered Species Act’s consultation process is discussed in the October issue of FHWA’s Successes in Stewardship newsletter. This consultation process requires collaboration and planning between agencies to ensure that projects do not threaten any species or impact critical habitats. The newsletter emphasizes the importance of communication, and also details each step of the process.

arrow

Peer Exchange Report on Renewable Energy in Highway Rights of Way (ROW) (9-2017)
FHWA has released a summary report on a peer exchange concerning approaches to renewable energy technologies in highway rights-of-way. Presentations during the peer exchange included Federal regulatory requirements for alternative uses of highway ROW, the use of solar panels along I-90 in Massachusetts, and regulatory challenges for Maryland to expand ROW renewable energy usage.

arrow

Summary Report of Resilience and Planning Workshop in Texas (9-2017)
FHWA published a summary report on a Resilience and Planning workshop that addresses climate change and extreme weather resilience and planning. The workshop covered new requirements in the transportation planning rule and Texas DOT’s perspective on resilience planning, as well as the efforts of the North Central Texas Council of Governments to address vulnerabilities in the Dallas-Fort Worth region.

arrow

FHWA Highlights NEPA and Permitting Integration (8-2017)
FHWA’s Every Day Counts Innovation of the Month for August is the integration of NEPA and permitting processes. The innovation is supporting 14 State DOTs in their efforts of integrating NEPA and permitting. Combining these environmental and permitting processes improves the efficiency and effectiveness of project delivery.

arrow

FHWA Releases Context Sensitive Solutions Case Studies (8-2017)
FHWA has released case studies from Washington and Delaware centered on the applications of Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) for integrating resiliency strategies and addressing transportation challenges for State DOT operations.

arrow

FHWA Report Highlights Resilience in Project Development (8-2017)
A report from FHWA seeks to help practitioners incorporate resilience in transportation engineering projects. The report provides examples of how to integrate climate considerations into project development and lists the sources available for climate projections.

arrow

The Netherlands Shares Resilience Lessons with U.S. DOT (8-2017)
Officials from the Rijkswaterstaat (RWS) and the Netherlands’ Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment shared lessons learned with the U.S. DOT in the report “Resilient and Sustainable Transport-Dutch Style.” The report includes the RWS’ experiences with the European ROADAPT methodology and their analysis of climate change vulnerabilities and adaptation strategies using the FHWA’s sensitivity matrix and Vulnerability Assessment Scoring Tool (VAST).

arrow

FHWA Showcases Outcomes from Peer Exchange on Resilience (8-2017)
FHWA has released a report for a peer exchange on Resilience in Transportation Planning and Project Development. The peer exchange hosted representatives from FHWA and states in the EPA’s Region 5, who discussed approaches to greenhouse gas emissions analysis in transportation project development.

arrow

Highway Renewable Energy: Photovoltaic Noise Barriers (8-2017)
FHWA has released a paper on Photovoltaic Noise Barrier (PVNBs) systems to be implemented along roadways. PVNBs allow transportation agencies to abate noise and produce renewable energy simultaneously.

View More Publications, Back to Top, and View Publications Archives View More Publications Back to Top View Publications Archives View Fewer Publications, Back to Top, and View Publications Archives View Fewer Publications Back to Top View Publication Archives
Close-up photograph of a layer of thick road cement being laid by a construction crew
Upcoming Events
arrow

FHWA Webinar: Green Infrastructure Pilots II
November 9, 2017
FHWA’s Resilience webinar series continues with this webinar on green infrastructure pilot projects in Delaware, Mississippi and New Jersey.

arrow

FHWA Webinar: Climate Change & Extreme Weather Vulnerability Assessment Framework
November 16, 2017
The final webinar in FHWA’s Resilience webinar series is centered on the 3rd edition of FHWA’s Climate and Extreme Weather Vulnerability Assessment Framework, which assists agencies in conducting vulnerability assessments and integrating adaptation strategies.

Back to Top Back to Top Websites and Initiatives
arrow

FHWA Sustainability Working Group

arrow

FHWA Sustainable Transportation Website

arrow

Eco-logical: An Ecosystem Approach to Developing Infrastructure Projects

Back to top View More Websites and Initiatives View Fewer Websites and Initiatives