SESSION: EDUCATION AND PRACTITIONER TRAINING TO PROMOTE SUSTAINABILITY Industry Perspectives on Transportation Sustainability Issues and Practitioner Needs Damon Fordham, Cadmus Group This presentation will highlight the needs of transportation industry practitioners in commercial and government organizations in terms of how education and training can support the integration of sustainability into agency planning, project development, operations, and maintenance. Damon Fordham is a recognized national sustainable transportation expert and an experienced project and program manager with a background in civil engineering and Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. Prior to his career in consulting, Mr. Fordham was the first Sustainability Program Manager at the Oregon DOT, where he provided program development, strategic planning, and policy analysis to redefine and execute Oregon’s sustainability and climate change agenda. Mr. Fordham is an active member of TRB, serving as Vice Chair of the Committee on Transportation and Sustainability and a member of the Committee on Transportation Energy. Industry perspectives on transportation sustainability issues and practitioner needs Damon Fordham Principal, Sustainable Transportation Practice, The Cadmus Group, Inc. Vice Chair, TRB Committee on Transportation and Sustainability (ADD40) Sustainability and Resilient Infrastructure Workshop June 18, 2014 Evolving Challenges • Uncertainty in revenues • Responsiveness to community concerns • Changing demographics • Increasing freight • Climate change • Performance-based management 6/18/2014 3 A sustainable transportation system strives to: 1. Reinforce livable and economically strong communities 2. Facilitate modal choice 3. Support efficient land uses that reduce travel distances and increase travel options 4. Distribute system benefits and burdens equitably across society 5. Encourage pricing that reflects true costs 6. Reduce emissions of greenhouse gases to address climate change 6/18/2014 4 A sustainable transportation system strives to: (con’t) 7. Protect local air and water quality from pollutants 8. Transition away from nonrenewable fuels to cleaner, renewable alternatives 9. Use maintenance and construction practices that are compatible with native habitats and species 10. Apply life-cycle costs to transportation investments 11. Minimize raw material use and disposal during construction and maintenance 6/18/2014 5 A sustainable transportation system strives to: (con’t) 12. Improve safety to eliminate accidents and fatalities 13. Prioritize accessibility over mobility where appropriate 14. Exhibit resilience to extreme weather events 15. Minimize noise impacts to communities and natural areas 16. Be funded with sustainable revenue streams that are publicly accepted and reflect the beneficiarypays concept 6/18/2014 6 “The U.S. overall policy system and institutional framework today is not yet capable of making the strategy, policy, and funding decisions that are truly driven by TBL considerations.” Source: NCHRP Report 750, Vol. 4 (2014) Transportation sustainability programs: Practitioner lessons • Internal & external • Cross-divisional • Integrated into existing policies and practices • Top-down & bottom-up • Governance • “Management system” approach 6/18/2014 8 Vision Vision 6/18/2014 • • • • Goal(s) Indicator(s) Strategies Actions 9 Sub-Area Building energy use Long-Run Goal Short-Run Goal Electricity use reduction: 50% below 2000 levels Electricity use reduction: 20% below 2000 levels by 2010 Natural gas: zero use of fossil natural gas (stretch goal) Natural gas: 20% reduction in use from 2005 baseline 100% of total electricity needs will be met by new renewable energy sources by 2025 25% of total electricity needs will be met by new renewable energy sources by 2010 Indicators Strategies Total electricity use (kWh) Use of renewables in grid mix Total natural gas use (BTUs) Monitoring/ tracking of energy use Renewables (excluding largescale hydro) as percentage of electricity grid mix Encourage efficiency measures & conservation Energy retrofits for existing buildings Switch lighting fixtures to LED’s On-site generation where appropriate Use of ENERGY STAR equipment 6/18/2014 10 6/18/2014 11 Emerging tools and rating systems 6/18/2014 12 Final thoughts… Get over the squishy-ness Use buckets – even if imperfect … But don’t silo by department Get your data sorted Recognize the significance of operations and maintenance • Make friends with land use professionals • Reinforce links to other critical initiatives, like safety, asset management, and funding • Transportation in service of a sustainable society (i.e., not necessarily “sustainable transportation”) • • • • • 6/18/2014 13 6/18/2014 14 Thank you! Damon Fordham Principal, Sustainable Transportation Practice The Cadmus Group, Inc. 1555 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 300 Arlington, Virginia 22209 Tel: 703.842.5524 Email: [email protected] Cadmus is committed to helping our clients create social and economic value and improve the quality of people's lives, today and for future generations. 6/18/2014 15 SESSION: EDUCATION AND PRACTITIONER TRAINING TO PROMOTE SUSTAINABILITY Education Development in Sustainable Transportation Ann Xu, Georgia Institute of Technology The National Center for Sustainable Transportation (NCST) is a national university transportation center funded by the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) and includes the participation of the University of California Davis (lead institution), Georgia Tech, University of Southern California, University of California Riverside, Cal State Long Beach, and University of Vermont. Georgia Tech is the designated lead for the development of the NCST education program. The established NCTS education goal is to create a new course series of eight courses in Sustainable Transportation and develop the materials for the first four university courses (one undergraduate, one graduate, and two in professional education). The team has cataloged Georgia Tech’s transportation and sustainability courses, as well as those at our partner institutions and other universities. The team compared the foci of existing courses to those of the sustainability tools and performance measures being used by practitioners and researchers. Through the comparisons, along with an expert survey, the team identified the most important elements of these courses with respect to sustainability education in transportation. Dr. Yanzhi "Ann" Xu’s research focuses on policy evaluation and emissions and energy analysis. Her research cuts across a broad range of transportation engineering, from travel behavior, emissions, to safety, with an explicit emphasis on sustainability. Xu has managed multiple projects and collaborated with various organizations. As Center Operations Director at Georgia Tech, she manages the development of 8 new courses related to sustainable transportation. Xu’s multidisciplinary research also includes resource mapping and environmental evaluations for renewal energy sources. She is passionate about STEM education in K-12 schools, and is directing STEM programs at local inner city schools.