Committee on Environment and Sustainability Meeting Materials


Annual Meetings

2019

Final Program: Click here.

Meeting Presentations:

What’s Hot in State DOTs

State DOTs will provide short presentations highlighting innovative and interesting challenges and/or successful practices in a “lightning round” format.

FAST Act Reauthorization & FWHA Update

This session will provide attendees the opportunity to hear the latest about transportation reauthorization and AASHTO’s FAST Act Reauthorization process, as well as receive the latest information from FHWA regarding environmental policy, including One Federal Decision (OFD), SEP-16, and fiscal constraint.

  • Shannon Eggleston, AASHTO
  • Shari Schaftlein, Director, Office of Human Environment, FHWA
  • Heather Holsinger, Office of Natural Environment, FHWA
  • Emily Biondi, Director, Office of Project Development and Environmental Review, FHWA
  • Presentation: Click here

Keynote: The Ray: Public, Private, Philanthropic Partnerships (P4)

The Ray—located on 18 miles of West Georgia’s I-85—is a proving ground for evolving ideas and technologies that will transform the transportation infrastructure of the future. Allie Kelly, The Ray Executive Director, will discuss the innovative pilots underway along an 18-mile transportation corridor and what the future holds for transportation infrastructure.

  • Allie Kelly, Executive Director, The Ray
  • Presentation: Click here

Poster Session

Representatives from various DOTs, Universities, and Consultants will be presenting on recent projects, case studies, innovative solutions, and emerging environmental topics

Research Task Force

  • NCHRP Update: Ann Hartell, National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP)
  • CES Research Update and Hot Topics: Tony Opperman, Research Task Force Chair, Virginia DOT
  • Presentation: Click here

FHWA Environmental Excellence Awards

FHWA will present the winners of 2019 Environmental Excellence Awards (EEA) to leaders across the country who make outstanding contributions to environmental stewardship and partnerships above and beyond traditional transportation project outcomes.

  • Shari Schaftlein, Director, Office of Human Environment, FHWA
  • Heather Holsinger, Office of Natural Environment, FHWA
  • Emily Biondi, Director, Office of Project Development and Environmental Review, FHWA
  • Damaris Santiago, Team Leader, Project Mitigation Team, FHWA
  • Presentation: Click here

Environmental Process Topics
Brought to you by Environmental Process Subcommittee

Innovations at the NEPA CE Level

This session will provide an opportunity for attendees to hear about innovative solutions related to NEPA CEs being used by Caltrans and the South Carolina DOT.

  • Improvements to CEs and Permitting, Jennifer Gillies, California DOT
  • NEPA Box, Chad Long, South Carolina DOT
  • Presentions: Click here

Getting the Most Out of Transportation Resilience 2019

This session will provide an overview of the highlights from the 2018 TRB, AASHTO, and FHWA Resilience Innovations Exchange & Summit as well as information about the upcoming 2019 International Conference on Transportation System Resilience to Natural Hazards and Extreme Weather Events.

  • Carol Lee Roalkvam, Subcommittee Chair, Washington State DOT
  • Paula Hammond, WSP
  • Melissa Savage, AASHTO
  • Presentation: Click here

Retooling and Modernizing Public Engagement

Many state DOTs have instituted new successful methods for public engagement. This session will provide examples from Iowa DOT on ways they are modernizing public engagement.

  • Brad Hofer, Iowa DOT
  • Valerie Brewer, Iowa DOT
  • Presentation: Click here

Cultural Resource Topics
Brought to you by the Cultural Resources Subcommittee

Best Practices for Surveying Post World War II Properties

As post World War II housing “comes of age,” states are exploring ways to streamline historic property surveys. Presentations include an overview of an NCHRP 25-25 study that evaluated efficient survey methods as well as perspectives from two states.

  • NCHRP Task 110 Results, Tony Opperman, Subcommittee Research Coordinator, Virginia DOT
  • A Perspective from Ohio, Erica Schneider, Ohio DOT
  • A Perspective from Georgia, Gail D’Avino, Georgia DOT
  • Presentation: Click here

Project Specific Programmatic Agreements

This session will provide an overview of the highlights from the 2018 TRB, AASHTO, and FHWA Resilience Innovations Exchange & Summit as well as information about the upcoming 2019 International Conference on Transportation System Resilience to Natural Hazards and Extreme Weather Events.

  • Carol Lee Roalkvam, Subcommittee Chair, Washington State DOT
  • Paula Hammond, WSP
  • Melissa Savage, AASHTO
  • Presentation: Click here

Retooling and Modernizing Public Engagement

Programmatic Agreements are an effective streamlining tool. Studies generally focus on program-wide agreements. Less understood are agreements prepared at the project level. This afternoon’s session will include a discussion on efforts to train staff in PA development as well as two project level examples.

  • Recent Training on PAs, Carolyn Holthoff, Oregon DOT
  • PA for a One Federal Decision Project, Tony Opperman, Virginia DOT
  • Project Example from Colorado, Jane Hann, Colorado DOT
  • Presentation: Click here

Host State Highlights

Minnesota DOT Cultural Resource staff will highlight their initiatives including historic bridges and roads, suburbia, and online inventories and portals.

  • Kristen Zschomler, Minnesota DOT & MnDOT Cultural Resources Staff
  • Presentation: Click here

Tribal Community of Practice Update

The AASHTO Board of Directors recently established a Tribal Liaison Community of Practice to address tribal activities. Session attendees will receive an update on their efforts from the CoP chair.

  • Rhonda Fair, Oklahoma DOT
  • Presentation: Click here

Air Quality Topics
Brought to you by the Air Quality, Climate Change & Energy Subcommittee

It All Adds Up to Cleaner Air

The “It All Adds Up to Cleaner Air” program is a long-standing air quality outreach and education program, sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration, that provides transportation and air quality agencies free commercial quality marketing materials and resources they can use to reduce emissions from transportation. FHWA is in the process of updating and refreshing the program materials and its website. Information about the program and what state DOTs can do to assist in this effort will be presented.

  • John Zamurs, Zamurs and Associates
  • Presentation: Click here

Transformative Technologies (NCHRP 08-117)

The consultant team for the NCHRP 08-117 will provide an overview of the recently completed guidebook. The objective of NCHRP Project 08-117 “Impact of Transformational Technologies on Land Use and Transportation” was to provide guidance for DOT and other transportation agency decision-makers on practical ways to assess the likely impact of transformational technologies on future activity centers, land use, and travel demand within their regions.

  • Abby Morgan, Kittelson and Associates
  • Presentation: Click here

National Governors Association Electrification Workshop Summary

Over late 2018 and early 2019, NGA held a series of regional workshops to discuss electrification opportunities and challenges.
Several state DOTs participated. NGA is releasing a report summarizing the discussions at each of the workshop and will discuss the findings during this session.

  • Garrett Eucalitto, Transportation Program Director, NGA
  • Presentation: Click here

Overview of the Transportation Pooled Fund (TPF) for Near-Road Air Quality

The TPF was established by Washington State DOT, FHWA, and several state departments of transportation (DOTs), including those from Arizona, California, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia, to help agencies identify and address a broad range of nearroad issues. The contractor will provide a summary of this beneficial and productive multi-year effort.

  • Steven Brown, Ph.D., Sonoma Technologies, Inc.
  • Presentation: Click here

Overview of the New Center for Advancing Research in Transportation Emissions, Energy, and Health (CARTEEH)

CARTEEH focuses on the impact of transportation emissions on human health. CARTEEH is a Tier-1 center, funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of the Secretary for Research and Technology (OST-R) under the University Transportation Centers (UTC) program. The Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) leads the CARTEEH consortium consisting of four partner universities: Johns Hopkins University (JHU), Georgia Institute of Technology (GT), University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), and the University of California, Riverside (UCR).

  • Joe Zietsman, Ph.D., CARTEEH Director, Agency Assistant Director and Strategic Advisor, Center Director, Texas A&M
    Transportation Institute
  • Presentation: Click here

Natural Resource Topics
Brought to you by the Natural Resources Subcommittee

Defining and Enhancing Habitat for Rusty-Patched and Other Bumblebees

Sharing lessons learned about recently listed species habitat support happening in Minnesota, and possible applications of these lessons regarding this approach for other species.

  • Michelle Boone, Minnesota DOT
  • Presentation: Click here

Managing Blowing Snow by Design along Transportation Corridors to Save Lives, Money, and Time

Minnesota DOT will share examples of effective management of blowing snow.

  • Dan Gullickson, Minnesota DOT
  • Presentation: Click here

FHWA Environmental Excellence Award: Wildlife and Safety Improvements along US 93 and I-80

This session will provide an overview of the award-winning wildlife and safety improvements gained through a landscape-scale approach to habitat connectivity and traffic safety in Elko County.

  • Nova Simpson, Nevada DOT
  • Presentation: Click here

Natural Resources Research Updates

This session will provide updates on recently completed research on stormwater, bats, and monarch butterfly use of roadsides.

  • Kris Gade, Subcommittee Vice-Chair, Arizona DOT
  • Presentation: Click here

Functional Stream Assessment Panel

These assessments are a fairly new requirement that has trials and errors at the beginning. This panel will discuss lessons learned regarding functional stream assessment criteria and how modifications were necessary to make this work.

  • Susannah Kniazewycz, Tennessee DOT
  • Darlene Weaver, Oregon DOT
  • Erica Schneider, Ohio DOT
  • Presentation: Click here

Field Stories: Surprises, Innovations, and Unusual Stuff

During this session, state DOTs will share stories from the field, surprise encounters and other unusual events. Arizona, Minnesota, and Maine will start the conversation and the audience is encouraged to share their own stories as well.

  • Hedgehog Cactus Salvage in Arizona, Kris Gade, Arizona DOT
  • Potassium Acetate as an Alternative to Salt and Upcoming Research to Estimate Potential Environmental effects, Nick Tiedeken, Minnesota DOT
  • “Fish Surprise” Story, Eric Ham, Maine DOT
  • Presentation: Click here

2018

In 2018, AASHTO’s held a joint policy conference connecting the DOTs will bring together six AASHTO committees and councils to meet and discuss critical issues surrounding multimodal freight and passenger transportation planning and implementation, environment, funding, finance, and data. With an estimated 300 participants from all 52 AASHTO member departments, this is a unique opportunity to reach out and connect with key decision-makers at State DOTs. For more information and to view all presentations, please click here.

2017

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Meeting Presentations:

AASHTO Liaison
Oscar Bermudez
Program Specialist for Environment
202-491-7462
obermudez@aashto.org