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Leaner and Greener report

Leaner and Greener report

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Report from FHWA on green initiatives taken by transportation agencies, including Metro.
Report from FHWA on green initiatives taken by transportation agencies, including Metro.

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November 2012
SuStainability at Work in tranSportation
 
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Leaner and Greener: Sustainability at Work in Transportation
Dear Friends,ransportation is more than just highways, cars,trains, and buses. ransportation connects people—totheir jobs, to their communities, and to each other.ransportation reaches across the nation to improve theeconomy and our quality o lie.In 2001, AASHO and FHWA created the Centeror Environmental Excellence to promote environmentalstewardship and encourage innovative ways to streamline the transportation project delivery process. In 2003, AASHO published our
Taking the High Road 
report, which chronicled theimportant contributions state transportation agencies make to society and the environment. Wepublished a ollow-up report,
 Above and Beyond 
in 2009 to document the additional environmentaland social contributions o state DOs’ projects and programs.Tis third report,
Leaner and Greener 
, showcases the eorts transportation agencies—includingDOs, MPOs, and transit providers—are undertaking to speed up project delivery and cut costswhile protecting and even improving environmental resources.Trough programmatic environmental solutions, DOs are moving away rom “reinventingthe wheel” or project-level environmental considerations. Tey are using systematic approachesto meet sustainability goals—not just in project development, but during everyday maintenance o their systems as well. Tey are showing that such an approach results in improved environmentaloutcomes and less cost to the taxpayer.Te programs shown here are just a ew o the many innovative and cost-saving strategies beingdeployed by transportation agencies across the nation to beneft society and the environment.John Horsley Executive Director
Letter from AASHTO’sExecutive Director
 
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Leaner and Greener: Sustainability at Work in Transportation
Dear Friends,Environmental stewardship has always been a majorpriority o the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).And so it was a natural extension o our work to join withAASHO in 2001 to create the Center or EnvironmentalExcellence (Center). We applaud the Center or providing anational showcase and shining a light on sustainability bestpractices that benet our environment, our communities,and our economy.Tis report examines a subject that is especially important to me: how we can speed project delivery,save money, and still protect and improve our environment. Tese principles are at the heart o the Every Day Counts (EDC) initiative we launched in 2009 along with our AASHO partners.Warm-mix asphalt (WMA) is one o the technologies we’re advancing through EDC. It requiresless uel, results in lower emissions, and can extend the paving season in colder climates, which isextremely important as we continue our eorts to create jobs. Trough EDC, we are working with statesto encourage them to adopt WMA as a standard part o their paving work. Streamlining transportationprojects is an important priority or the Obama administration, which alls right in line with EDC.Programmatic agreements reduce or eliminate project and regulatory compliance unknowns, createnew and more exible standards, and provide a proactive and consistent approach to project delivery.FHWA is using programmatic agreements to save historic bridges beore repair becomes scally impossible due to saety and structural concerns.With the use o programmatic agreements, FHWA is able to cut the time by more than hal to repairthese bridges. Rehabilitating these bridges extends their useul lie in a sustainable way and has benetsto the community that ar outweigh their unction as transportation acilities. Historic bridges havecultural and community signicance in addition to serving as important transportation links. FHWA iscurrently rolling out webinars on rehabilitating historic bridges and producing programmatic agreementsor their management, including the work o the Indiana agreement described in Chapter 3.In act, programmatic agreements are one o the EDC strategies that were included in the netransportation bill, MAP-21. Trough our work, we’ve lef an imprint on this important legislation,which President Obama signed into law in July. Many o our project delivery strategies are included inthe bill or complement its provisions. I believe we’re poised to take project delivery to the next level.A key to being successul is the ability to evaluate both the process and the results. FHWA’s new sel-evaluation tool INVES is a voluntary sel-evaluation scoring system that enables transportationagencies to gauge their perormance in adopting sustainability best practices grouped in threecategories—system planning, project development, and operations and maintenance. By oeringstates a collection o best practices, INVES really serves two purposes.First, it inspires them with workable solutions that allow them to incorporate sustainability intotheir transportation projects. And, second, it gives them a tool or measuring their progress. Tis toolcan evaluate all the initiatives highlighted in
Leaner and Greener 
, and we would like to see used orevery project.Achieving sustainability in transportation is an ongoing, collaborative process. Te FHWA is proudto work alongside all our partners to advance sustainable transportation practices that serve us now andwill serve us in the uture.Victor M. MendezAdministrator
Letter from FHWA’s Administrator

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