​​Strategic Plan

UPDATE: The 2015 SCOE Strategic Plan and Research Roadmaps PDF is now available.​​

Approved January 2016

VISION

A national, regional and local intermodal transportation system that is safe, economical, efficient, environmentally sound, and aesthetically and culturally sensitive.

MISSION

The Committee provides policy and technical support to the AASHTO Board of Directors and members to increase their capacity to efficiently and reliably deliver environmentally sound transportation projects, programs and services.​

GOALS AND STRATEGIES

The Standing Committee on Environment through its Steering Group has developed broad goals to implement the Committee's Mission. The Committee's work is accomplished through subcommittees, ad hoc task groups, Center for Environmental Excellence by AASHTO, ETAP, and other operating divisions of the full Committee. More specific goals and strategies to implement the Committee's goals have also been developed by these entities. These goals and strategies are dynamic, to reflect emerging issues.

FULL COMMITTEE GOALS

​​​Goal 1: Provide technical and policy support to AASHTO Board ofDirectors, members, and other AASHTO Committees as appropriate.

Objective 1.1: Serve as a mechanism for members to provide input on federal legislation, regulation, guidance and other policy arenas. 

Objective 1.2: Monitor and actively participate in the development andconsistent application of environmental laws, regulations, and guidance.

Objective 1.3: Collaborate with other AASHTO committees, federal regulatory agencies, USDOT, TRB, and other associations to share perspectives and seek solutions to existing and emerging challenges faced by the members.

Goal 2: Increase the capacity of members to efficiently and reliably deliver environmentally sound transportation projects, programs and services.

Objective 2.1: Support the goals and guide/support the work of the Center for Environmental Excellence by AASHTO, the Environmental Technical Assistance Program (ETAP), and the Resilient and Sustainable Transportation Systems (RSTS) Technical Assistance Program.

Objective 2.2: Annually assess emerging environmental issues that will pose challenges for project delivery, and prioritize them for action.

Objective 2.3: Advance transportation project delivery by working with members to encourage innovation and develop strategies for increasing the efficiency of project delivery processes.

Goal 3: Create the knowledge foundation on which to base state of​ the art impact analysis and mitigation planning, for current and future environmental issues.

Objective 3.1: In accordance with the current Subcommittee Research Road Maps, identify and prioritize environmental/transportation research and support priority research selection and funding.

COMMITTEE ORGANIZATION

Environmental Process Subcommittee 

Goal 1: Provide policy support to SCOE and members related to environmental process.

EP Objective 1.1: Serve as a mechanism for members to review and comment on national legislation, regulation and guidance, coordinating with other AASHTO subcommittees and other organizations as appropriate.

Goal 2: Increase the capacity of members to effi ciently and reliably deliver environmentally sound transportation projects, programs and services relating to the environmental process.

EP Objective 2.1: Assist members to improve the project development process by integrating environmental requirements and considerations into the various phases of project delivery.

EP Objective 2.2: Assist members in gaining knowledge regarding environmental issues through education, training, and sharing of information among the states.

EP Objective 2.3: Coordinate with other transportation associations, federal regulatory agencies, USDOT, TRB, and other AASHTO committees to share perspectives and seek solutions to existing and emerging challenges, regulations, and practices.

EP Objective 2.4: Annually assess emerging issues and prepare recommendations for SCOE Committee work plan.

Goal 3: Create the knowledge foundation for examining current and future environmental issues.

EP Objective 3.1: Identify and prioritize environmental process research and support priority research selection and funding, making use of and updating the Research Road Map as appropriate.

EP Objective 3.2: Conduct regular conference calls and/or webinars to conduct the business of the subcommittee and discuss emerging issues as deemed appropriate by the subcommittee. Discuss subcommittee accomplishments at the SCOE Annual Meeting.


Natural Resources Subcommittee 

​​Goal 1: Provide policy support to SCOE and members related to natural resources.

NR Objective 1.1: Serve as a mechanism for members to review and comment on national legislation, regulation and guidance, coordinating with other AASHTO subcommittees and other organizations as appropriate.

Goal 2: Increase the capacity of members to efficiently and reliably deliver environmentally sound transportation projects, programs and services relating to natural resources.

NR Objective 2.1: Target, on an annual basis, the committee’s efforts to emerging issues, operating activities, and technologies of particular importance to members. These may include natural resource issues such as: storm water runoff and nonpoint source pollution, endangered species, vegetation management, landscape connectivity, watershed management, and migratory birds.

NR Objective 2.2: Disseminate successful strategies, lessons learned, techniques and technologies for addressing DOT Natural Resources issues, requirements, and goals.

NR Objective 2.3: Coordinate with other transportation associations, federal regulatory agencies, USDOT, TRB, and other AASHTO committees to share perspectives and seek solutions to existing and emerging challenges, regulations, and practices.

NR Objective 2.4: Annually assess emerging issues and prepare recommendations for SCOE Committee work plan.

Goal 3: Create the knowledge foundation on which to base state of the art impact analysis and mitigation planning, for current and future environmental issues.

NR Objective 3.1: Identify and prioritize natural resources research and support priority research selection and funding, making use of and updating the Research Road Map as appropriate.

NR Objective 3.2: Coordinate with other AASHTO committees (e.g., Technical Committee on Hydrology and Hydraulics) and TRB committees (e.g., Hydrology, Hydraulics and Water Quality, Ecology and Transportation) to create synergy around common research ideas to increase funding opportunities.

NR Objective 3.3: Conduct regular conference calls and/or webinars to conduct the business of the subcommittee and discuss emerging issues as deemed appropriate by the subcommittee. Discusssubcommittee accomplishments at the SCOE Annual Meeting.​


Communities and Cultural Concerns Subcommittee 

Goal 1: ​Provide policy support to SCOE and members related to communities and cultural concerns.

CCC Objective 1.1: Serve as a mechanism for members to review and comment on national legislation, regulation and guidance, coordinating with other AASHTO subcommittees and other organizations as appropriate.

Goal 2: Increase the capacity of members to efficiently and reliably deliver environmentally sound transportation projects, programs and services relating to communities and cultural concerns.

CCC Objective 2.1: Focus the committee’s efforts to emerging issues and technologies of particular importance to members. These may include communities and cultural resources issues such as: technological innovation, emergent public engagement strategies, cultural landscapes, and asset management (e.g., historic bridges) planning.

CCC Objective 2.2: Sustain and diversify membership, beyond historians and archaeologists, on the communities and cultural concerns subcommittee.

CCC Objective 2.3: Coordinate with other transportation associations, federal regulatory agencies, USDOT, TRB, and other AASHTO committees to share perspectives and seek solutions to existing and emerging challenges, regulations, and practices.

CCC Objective 2.4: Annually assess emerging issues and prepare recommendations for SCOE Committee work plan.

Goal 3: Create the knowledge foundation for examining current and future environmental issues.

CCC Objective 3.1: Identify and prioritize communities and cultural concerns research and support priority research selection and funding, making use of and updating the Research Road Map as appropriate.

CCC Objective 3.2: Conduct regular conference calls and/or webinars to conduct the business of the subcommittee and discuss emerging issues as deemed appropriate by the subcommittee. Discuss subcommittee accomplishments at the SCOE Annual Meeting.​


Air Quality, Climate Change, and Energy Subcommittee 
 
Goal 1: Provide policy support to SCOE and members related to air quality, climate change and energy.

AQCCE Objective 1.1: Serve as a mechanism for members to review and comment on national legislation, regulation and guidance, coordinating with other AASHTO subcommittees and other organizations as appropriate.

Goal 2: Increase the capacity of members to efficiently and reliably deliver environmentally sound transportation projects, programs and services relating to air quality, climate change, and energy.

AQCCE Objective 2.1: Proactively participate in national discussions regarding the contributions to improving air quality and reducing GHG emissions made and energy used by the transportation sector.

AQCCE Objective 2.2: Coordinate with other transportation associations, federal regulatory agencies, USDOT, TRB, and other AASHTO committees to share perspectives and seek solutions to existing and emerging challenges, regulations, and practices.

AQCCE Objective 2.3: Annually assess emerging issues and prepare recommendations for SCOE Committee work plan.

Goal 3: Create the knowledge foundation for examining current and future environmental issues.

AQCCE Objective 3.1: Identify and prioritize air quality, climate change and energy research and support priority research selection and funding, making use of and updating the Research Road Map as appropriate.

AQCCE Objective 3.2: Conduct regular conference calls and/or webinars to conduct the business of the subcommittee and discuss emerging issues as deemed appropriate by the subcommittee. Discuss  ubcommittee accomplishments at the SCOE Annual Meeting.