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Expanded Wildflower Areas Along Connecticut Highways to Support Pollinators (5-2019)
The Connecticut Department of Transportation is establishing pollinator corridors across the state. The newly expanded “Pollinator Corridor” program will increase the wildflower density and quality in order to help bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.

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AASHTO Hosts Webinar on Strategies for Addressing Impaired Waters and Achieving Project Delivery, Regulatory Compliance, and Watershed Management Goals (5-2019)
Held for stormwater practitioners at state Departments of Transportation (DOT), this webinar covered the organizational attributes that are key to promoting surface water quality protection, including insights into the practice of these attributes, and the integration of stormwater program requirements into day-to-day business practices of DOT organizations.

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Web Version of Fleet Life Cycle Tool Launched by Department of Energy (2-2019)
The DOE released their Alternative Fuel Life-Cycle Environmental and Economic Transportation (AFLEET) tool available online. This tool is used to compare alternative fuel and vehicle technologies and help fleet managers optimize their purchasing decisions to reduce their environmental impacts.

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Stormwater BMP Maintenance and Operations Webinar Recording Available (2-2019)
A webinar on stormwater best management practices in operations and maintenance has been released online. This webinar highlights a recent state-of-the-practice report on stormwater BMP, and covers stormwater asset management programs, inventory and monitoring systems, inspection, challenges, and lessons learned.

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Recordings of AASHTO Resilience Webinar Series Available Online (1-2019)
The recordings of a five-part webinar series by AASHTO have been made available for public viewing. These webinars address resilience topics for transportation agencies, such as the 2018 Transportation Resilience Innovations Summit and Exchange, seismic resilient highways, lessons learned from Hurricane Florence, building organizational resilience, and cyber resilience.

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Montana DOT Integrates Wildlife Accommodation Within Project Delivery (12-2018)
The Montana DOT has created a Wildlife Accommodation Process, a formalized approach within the project delivery process to address interactions between wildlife and vehicles. This process makes wildlife accommodation recommendations to reduce or eliminate the potential for wildlife-vehicle conflicts, minimize or eliminate barriers to wildlife movement, and protect important habitat components within the landscape.

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Transportation Resilience Webinar Series by AASHTO (12-2018)
AASHTO held a series of five webinars in December 2018 as part of its Resilient and Sustainable Transportation Systems technical assistance program. The five webinars covered seismic resilience, organizational resilience, lessons learned from Hurricane Florence, cyber resilience, and a summary of the Transportation Resilience Innovations Summit and Exchange.

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TRB Released Report on Mobility on Demand (6-2019)
TRB has released Transportation Research Circular E-C244: Mobility on Demand: A Smart, Sustainable, and Equitable Future, which is the synopsis of a January workshop that explored the current state of mobility on demand, examined next steps for preparing for transition to autonomy, and detailed ways to optimize sustainability and ensure equitability. The workshop emphasized the role of public transit, shared mobility, and automation in shaping the future of mobility.

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Best Practices to Manage Mobility Data Issued by NACTO (5-2019)
The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), an association of 82 major cities and transit agencies in North America, and the International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA), an association of local government attorneys, released best practices for the access and management of mobility data, an increasingly-complex policy area with the potential to remake how city streets are managed.

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District of Columbia Releases Sustainability Plan (5-2019)
Washington D.C. has announced a new sustainability plan that aims to expand the use of transit and active transportation in order to reduce vehicle emissions and increase the city’s resilience to climate change.

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Environmental Management Systems Tool Tutorial and Report (3-2019)
A recorded tutorial for implementation of the National Cooperative Highway Research Program’s study on environmental management systems (EMS) is now available online. The study analyzed how transportation agencies currently use these systems to improve understanding and awareness of EMS and facilitate their use at State DOTs.
Environmental Management System Perspectives for State Departments of Transportation (Report)
Environmental Management Systems for State DOTs (Tutorial)
Environmental Management System Perspectives for State DOTs (Presentation)

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Promoting Healthy Communities Through Improved Corridors (2-2019)
A study by the Urban Land Institute analyzed commercial corridors across the country and recommended actions to make these corridors safer and improve these corridors to better promote health and well-being. The study found many primary commercial corridors have high rates of traffic deaths, and cost communities in terms of safety, economic productivity, and mobility efficiency. The study includes recommendations for land use and transportation policies to improve the health of these corridors.

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NCHRP Report on Resilience Efforts (1-2019)
A report on transportation agency resilience efforts has been published by the National Cooperative Highway Research Program. The report details how transportation agencies have approached regaining functionality after a major disruption or disaster. The report also assesses policies that promote highway resilience and how agencies are incorporating resilience practices through project development, policy, and design.

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Summary Report of Climate Change Listening Sessions (11-2018)
A summary report of six listening sessions focused on climate change and resilience policy has been released by the Transportation and Climate Initiative, a regional collaboration of 12 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia. The listening sessions focused on approaches to implement a clean and more resilient regional transportation system.

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Evaluation of Recycled Asphalt Shingles in Pavement (11-2018)
The National Cooperative Highway Research Program released a report describing performance tests of warm mix asphalt containing recycled content.

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World Road Association’s Seminar on Climate Adaptation in Cuba
November 8-10, 2017
An international seminar on climate adaptation, disaster, and risk management for road organizations will be hosted in Havana, Cuba on November 8-10, 2017 by the World Road Association.

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American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials Annual Meeting
Nov 12-15, 2016
The AASHTO annual meeting will be held in Boston, MA in November. The meeting provides an opportunity for transportation executives to network and share the latest in industry policies and innovations. Registration coming soon.

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) NEPAssist web-based application

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Federal Facilities Environmental Stewardship and Compliance Assistance Center Transportation Program Area

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Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Livable and Sustainable Communities Webpage

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