Transportation Research Board ADC 60 Workshop

Art Hirsch - Tuesday, July 01, 2014

I recently attended the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Summer Workshop that was conducted by the Committee for Waste Management and Resource Efficiency in Transportation (ADC 60) and hosted by the New York City Transit Authority.  The theme of the workshop was Sustainability and Resilient Infrastructure. All presentations will be posted on the ADC 60 website at http://www.trb-adc60.org/Read More

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Climate Change Vulnerabilities and Risk Based Management Approaches Used on Transportation Assets

Art Hirsch - Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Climate change is being recognized as a threat to transportation infrastructure and systems. The climate change impacts upon transportation systems will be felt short term via episodic-extreme weather events and long term climatic changes resulting from increased temperatures. These climate change impacts to transportation infrastructure have the potential of causing significant disruption in the movement of goods and services and impacting the overall quality of life to many residents and communities. Read More

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Webinar - Using Envision™ Tools in the Water Industry

Art Hirsch - Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Art Hirsch from TerraLogic Sustainable Solutions in conjunction with the American WaterWorks Association (AWWA) will be presenting during a nationwide webinar entitled UsingEnvision™ Tools in the Water Industry.  Read More

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Integrating Sustainability Elements into the Transportation Alternative Analysis in a Third World Country, Liberia

Art Hirsch - Sunday, October 20, 2013

A few months ago TerraLogic was hired by a consulting firm (Eurasia Environmental Associates, LLC) to provide sustainability consulting support for a transportation project located in Liberia. The Country of Liberia is expecting to get funding from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to improve their transportation system with a focus on increased movement of goods and services. The poor conditions of the Liberian road system are significantly affecting the movement of agricultural goods to markets resulting in continuing negative economic and social impacts on the country.  Read More

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Natural Resource Impact Cost Models and Envision Training

Art Hirsch - Tuesday, July 09, 2013

It has been a while since my last blog much to my regret. My purpose behind developing the blogs is to identify important and new developments in the sustainability field that I hope my readers will find interesting and helpful. This month’s blog is about a sustainability-based economic model presented at an American Public Works Association (APWA) Conference and discussions conducted during the latest Envision Verifier Training Class. Read More

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Is the ISI Envision Sustainability Rating Tool Applicable for Transportation Projects?

Art Hirsch - Wednesday, January 09, 2013

There is a relatively new infrastructure sustainability rating tool that has been released by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) called Envision. The rating system was released in January, 2012 and started accepting ISI certification applications in September, 2012. Unlike most rating systems that are specific to buildings and transportation systems, the Envision Sustainability Rating Program has been developed to integrate sustainability into all types of infrastructure projects such as airports, pipelines, drainage projects, land developments, mining operations, etc. (except buildings). The Envision Rating Program has a unique rating system that is a holistic-systems-based approach that rates and scores projects in terms of “levels of achievement” toward obtaining resource enhancement and restoration (highest levels), as oppose to the simplistic yes/no rating system checklist used by other sustainability rating systems. Read More

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MAP-21 An Opportunity for FHWA to Bring Sustainability to the Forefront

Art Hirsch - Sunday, October 21, 2012

On July 6, 2012, President Obama signed into law P.L. 112-141, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). Funding surface transportation programs at over $105 billion for fiscal years (FY) 2013 and 2014, MAP-21 is the first long-term highway authorization enacted since 2005.  Read More

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Sustainability Based Contracting

Art Hirsch - Friday, July 27, 2012

One of the challenges in developing a sustainability program is not the identification of sustainable actions or rating system criteria. There is a lot of literature and information developed by Departments of Transportation (DOTs), consultants and institutes on sustainable actions and performance measures that can be used as sustainability tools. The challenge lies in how sustainable actions can actually be implemented within a state or municipal DOT organization.  Read More

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Climate Change Adaption for Sustainable Transportation Systems

Art Hirsch - Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Global warming comes with a big price tag for every country in the world. The 80 percent reduction in U.S. emissions needed to stop climate change may not come cheaply, but the cost of failing to act will be much greater. New research shows that if present trends continue, the total cost of global warming will be as high as 3.6 percent of gross domestic product (GDP). Four global warming impacts alone -- hurricane damage, real estate losses, energy costs, and water costs -- will come with a price tag of 1.8 percent of U.S. GDP, or almost $1.9 trillion annually (in today's dollars) by 2100 (1).  Read More

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The Development of Cost Effective Sustainability Programs and Rating Systems

Art Hirsch - Friday, March 09, 2012

Is developing a transportation sustainability program and establishing project level best practices (criteria) cost effective?

This question is one of the reasons why sustainability programs have not been well adopted and endorsed by many transportation management, engineering and maintenance representatives at the federal, state and local level and transportation lending institutions. Sustainability-cost effectiveness is an area that has not been well articulated to upper management and key decision makers.
The bottom-line is that many of the transportation decision makers do not care or see the value of sustainable elements, such as environmental habitat enhancement, unless there is a cost savings or perceived value. It is a challenge to put a cost toward increasing lynx mobility via sub-grade animal crossings or avoidance of species habitat. Read More

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  1. Transportation Research Board ADC 60 Workshop Art Hirsch 01-Jul-2014
  2. Climate Change Vulnerabilities and Risk Based Management Approaches Used on Transportation Assets Art Hirsch 27-May-2014
  3. Webinar - Using Envision™ Tools in the Water Industry Art Hirsch 30-Apr-2014
  4. Integrating Sustainability Elements into the Transportation Alternative Analysis in a Third World Country, Liberia Art Hirsch 20-Oct-2013
  5. Natural Resource Impact Cost Models and Envision Training Art Hirsch 09-Jul-2013
  6. Is the ISI Envision Sustainability Rating Tool Applicable for Transportation Projects? Art Hirsch 09-Jan-2013
  7. MAP-21 An Opportunity for FHWA to Bring Sustainability to the Forefront Art Hirsch 21-Oct-2012
  8. Sustainability Based Contracting Art Hirsch 27-Jul-2012
  9. Climate Change Adaption for Sustainable Transportation Systems Art Hirsch 25-Apr-2012
  10. The Development of Cost Effective Sustainability Programs and Rating Systems Art Hirsch 09-Mar-2012
  11. The Lack of Infrastructure Funding for Highway Maintenance and Enhancement Art Hirsch 06-Feb-2012
  12. FHWA Every Day Counts Initiatives and a Summary of Innovative Sustainable Actions Art Hirsch 05-Dec-2011
  13. Watershed-Ecosystem Based Approaches for Post-Construction Stormwater Management Along Highway Corridors Art Hirsch 06-Nov-2011
  14. Summary of the 2011 Transportation Research Board (TRB) Waste Management & Resource Efficiency Committee Workshop Art Hirsch 06-Sep-2011
  15. Summary of Transportation Sustainability Rating System Programs Art Hirsch 12-Jul-2011
  16. Sustainability in the Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) Process Art Hirsch 12-Jun-2011
  17. The Use of DOT Right of Ways for Alternative Energy Generation Art Hirsch 09-May-2011
  18. Sustainable Actions Associated with Highway Operation and Maintenance Art Hirsch 07-Apr-2011
  19. The Incorporation of Sustainability Requirements into Designer and Contractor Contracts Art Hirsch 28-Feb-2011
  20. Sustainable Winter Highway Maintenance Art Hirsch 28-Jan-2011

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