sustainability

SSTI Review of PennDOT’s Smart Transportation (SSTI, 2011)

Smart transportation is Pennsylvania DOT’s integrated response to the crisis of crumbling infrastructure, limited revenues to address it, and the need to better align transportation with community revitalization and sound land use policy. PennDOT was the first state program reviewed in detail

SSTI Review of Washington State DOT’s Sustainability Efforts (SSTI, 2011)

This review was performed at the request of Washington State DOT (WSDOT) to assess its sustainability efforts. SSTI convened a panel of experts that included people who have led transformative initiatives as heads of state DOTs. The panel combined practical and academic thinking. The expert panel

Shining a light: New York City’s new zoning handbook

In releasing a new zoning handbook, New York City’s Planning Commissioner, Amanda Burden, extolled its virtues: “Zoning is the language of the city, it is a three-dimensional blueprint for what any area of the city can become. After City Planning released the Zoning Handbook in 2005, I was

Engineers form organization to develop tool for measuring infrastructure sustainability

Engineers are on the bandwagon for measuring sustainability in all its dimensions. As described in a press release from the American Society of Civil Engineers: “A new, independent non-profit organization tasked with developing and administering a sustainability rating system for North

Equitable VMT reduction is possible, WSDOT report finds

An effective statewide VMT reduction program would not necessarily harm the poor and other vulnerable groups, a new report from the Washington State Department of Transportation finds.  The report counters objections that such programs would be inequitable. The report estimates the potential

From the Community of Practice

The District of Columbia developed a broad-ranging Sustainability Plan to ensure that sustainability practices are incorporated into all agency activities.   It includes stunning photos from our nation’s capitol and a PDF can be found here. [PDF].

Sustainable Highways Self-Evaluation Tool

An ambitious effort by the FHWA to create a web-based self-evaluation tool for measuring sustainability over the life cycle of a transportation project or program is available in Beta.  The tool provides for self-evaluation from system and project planning through design, construction, and