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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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Training Courses on National Historic Preservation Act (11-2018)
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation is offering training courses for Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. Courses include online and in-person classes.

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EPA Initiative to Reduce Truck Pollution (11-2018)
The EPA recently established the “Cleaner Trucks Initiative” to reduce truck emissions. The program will focus on reducing smog-forming nitrogen oxide emissions from big rigs and their engines, and also includes provisions for future rulemaking that will update the current nitrogen oxide standard.

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2018 SmartWay Excellence Awards Announced (10-2018)
The recipients of the 2018 SmartWay Excellence Awards have been announced by the EPA. The program recognizes shipping and logistics companies for improving freight efficiency and reducing emissions in their supply chains. Fourteen companies will receive the awards on October 29th in Austin, Texas.

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International Conference on Ecology and Transportation Set for September 2019 (10-2018)
The International Conference on Ecology and Transportation (ICOET) will be held September 22-16, 2019, in Sacramento, California. The tenth biennial event will be hosted by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), with support from the Federal Highway Administration. The ICOET program includes podium presentations, posters, field trips, and exhibits on topics of interest to researchers, biologists, engineers, planners, project managers, administrators, and policy makers. The conference is organized by the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) Road Ecology Center, the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies, and the National Center for Sustainable Transportation at UC Davis.

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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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Case Study: PennDOT Connects Program (10-2018)
PennDOT has been engaging communities and partner agencies to ensure a range of needs, such as environmental stewardship, safety, and bicycle and pedestrian accommodations are included in all new road projects. The “PennDOT Connects” Program implements a formal planning-phase process to consider and document community needs for each project prior to developing project scopes.

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U.S. DOT Announces Automated Vehicle 3.0 Guidance (10-2018)
The U.S. DOT has released new Federal guidance for automated vehicles entitled “Preparing for the Future of Transportation: Automated Vehicles 3.0” (AV 3.0). The updated language details how U.S. DOT will modernize definitions and terms in the context of automated systems, support the development of automation-related voluntary standards, and how FHWA will also update the 2009 Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices to factor in connected and automated vehicles.

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Urban Heat Island Effect Detailed in NOAA Maps (10-2018)
Maps developed by NOAA depict the urban heat island effect in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore on hot summer days, including the influence of roadways on temperature patterns. NOAA has shared these maps with officials so that they may use them to inform resiliency plans and implement cooling strategies.

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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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Federal Government Links

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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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