Assessment of CDOT Revegetation Practices for Highway Construction Sites

Art Hirsch - Monday, May 18, 2015

The revegetation of previously disturbed areas from highway construction activities is a critical component to overall site stormwater management strategy. Poor revegetation actions during and after construction can lead to difficulty in deactivating stormwater construction permits (SCPs). Excessive duration of open permits due to poor revegetation success can result in higher non-project costs for erosion control, revegetation rework and maintenance, and regulatory compliance monitoring and documentation. Open SCPs can increase the potential for regulatory inspections and fines. Unexpected rework and liability costs can be experienced by CDOT maintenance who is responsible for SCP compliance. Read More

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Sustainable-Environmental Road Transportation Guidance Document

Art Hirsch - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

In January of 2012 TerraLogic’s Art Hirsch gave a brown bag presentation to World Bank representatives on the topic of infrastructure sustainability and the Envision Sustainability Program. There were numerous World Bank representatives who attended the presentation who were actively involved with infrastructure projects, greenhouse gas emissions and sustainable planning, design and construction. As a result of the presentation, TerraLogic was contracted by the World Bank in April 2013 to develop a guidance document entitled Sustainable-Environmental Road Transportation Guidance DocumentRead More

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Climate Change Adaptation and Erosion Control Management

Art Hirsch - Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration confirmed that 2014 was the warmest year on record with an increase in the planet’s mean temperature by 1.24 above the 20th Century average to 58.24 degrees.
This event has occurred three times over the past ten years.   Read More

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Engineering Approaches to Address Climate Change Induced Extreme Weather Events

Art Hirsch - Tuesday, December 02, 2014

I recently attended the International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure (ICSI) sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers and China’s Tianjin University. The conference was held in Long Beach, California from November 4-7 and was attended by over 200 sustainability-infrastructure professionals.  I (TerraLogic) was selected to give two presentations, Climate Change Based Risk Management Approaches Used on Transportation System Assets and Impacts and Mitigation Strategies for Solar Array Systems Within Highway Right of Way Areas and also present a poster session on Sustainable Rest Area Design and Operation.  Read More

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The New CDOT Water Quality Field Training Facility

Art Hirsch - Thursday, August 14, 2014

Erosion control and training at Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) highway construction sites has been an established practice since 1994. CDOT was one of the first DOTs in the United States to have an established training and Erosion Control Supervisor Certification (ECS) Program to protect water quality. The original ECS training stressed regulatory compliance, documentation, erosion control-hydrology basics and stormwater best management practices. Read More

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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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  1. Assessment of CDOT Revegetation Practices for Highway Construction Sites Art Hirsch 18-May-2015
  2. Sustainable-Environmental Road Transportation Guidance Document Art Hirsch 31-Mar-2015
  3. Climate Change Adaptation and Erosion Control Management Art Hirsch 20-Jan-2015
  4. Engineering Approaches to Address Climate Change Induced Extreme Weather Events Art Hirsch 02-Dec-2014
  5. The New CDOT Water Quality Field Training Facility Art Hirsch 14-Aug-2014
  6. Transportation Research Board ADC 60 Workshop Art Hirsch 01-Jul-2014
  7. Climate Change Vulnerabilities and Risk Based Management Approaches Used on Transportation Assets Art Hirsch 27-May-2014
  8. Webinar - Using Envision™ Tools in the Water Industry Art Hirsch 30-Apr-2014
  9. Integrating Sustainability Elements into the Transportation Alternative Analysis in a Third World Country, Liberia Art Hirsch 20-Oct-2013
  10. Natural Resource Impact Cost Models and Envision Training Art Hirsch 09-Jul-2013
  11. Is the ISI Envision Sustainability Rating Tool Applicable for Transportation Projects? Art Hirsch 09-Jan-2013
  12. MAP-21 An Opportunity for FHWA to Bring Sustainability to the Forefront Art Hirsch 21-Oct-2012
  13. Sustainability Based Contracting Art Hirsch 27-Jul-2012
  14. Climate Change Adaption for Sustainable Transportation Systems Art Hirsch 25-Apr-2012
  15. The Development of Cost Effective Sustainability Programs and Rating Systems Art Hirsch 09-Mar-2012
  16. The Lack of Infrastructure Funding for Highway Maintenance and Enhancement Art Hirsch 06-Feb-2012
  17. FHWA Every Day Counts Initiatives and a Summary of Innovative Sustainable Actions Art Hirsch 05-Dec-2011
  18. Watershed-Ecosystem Based Approaches for Post-Construction Stormwater Management Along Highway Corridors Art Hirsch 06-Nov-2011
  19. Summary of the 2011 Transportation Research Board (TRB) Waste Management & Resource Efficiency Committee Workshop Art Hirsch 06-Sep-2011
  20. Summary of Transportation Sustainability Rating System Programs Art Hirsch 12-Jul-2011

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