Conference Program

Concurrent Technical Sessions (55-60)
Wednesday, June 9, 2010 - 11am - 12:15pm

55. Making Livability Happen: Moving from Federal Policy to Delivering Outcomes
Moderator: Ann Hartell, Center for Transportation and the Environment, North Carolina State University

This session will provide a cross-disciplinary discussion among practitioners, policy makers and researchers working in housing, active transportation, and multi-modal planning and operations. Participants will hear effective strategies for planning, designing and funding projects and programs to deliver livable outcomes. The focus will be on practical information for state DOTs and MPOs about the opportunities and challenges presented by the evolving policy to connect goals for transportation, housing, and physical health.

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56. Broad Scale Mitigation of Environmental Impacts
Moderator: Anne Burroughs, North Carolina Department of Transportation

Compensatory mitigation of the negative impacts of transportation projects is moving from efforts focused on small sites developed on a project-by-project approach to those developed as part of a larger strategic plan which can provide ecosystem services at a larger, more meaningful scale.  This session will focus on three such projects that have been implemented and that serve as models for future broad scale mitigation.

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57. Multi-Pollutant and Other Co-Benefits of Climate Change Policy (49KB)
Moderator: Julia Gamas, Environmental Protection Agency

Will discuss benefits of climate change on other pollutants. Topics will include multi-pollutant benefits of transportation strategies and the challenges and solutions in satisfying climate change and air quality objectives.

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58. Communicating Sustainability Values - Part II
Moderator: Jeff Moore, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Effectively communicating sustainability values to a frequently skeptical public presents unique challenges.  This session will provide both real-life examples of the challenges involved and the opportunity for a lively discussion of solutions.  Because of the wide range of issues and their importance, this topic will be addressed in two sequential sessions (49 & 58).

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59. Impact of Climate Policy on Transportation
Moderator: Diana Bauer, U.S. Department of Energy

Broad climate policies can have unanticipated consequences for the transportation sector, and can interact with transportation policies.  This session will examine combinations of policies, such as economy-wide carbon policies, CAFE standards, and transportation infrastructure financing and implications for GHG emissions and the transportation system.

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60. Environmental and Historic Preservation Regulations: Overlap and Divergence - Part I
Moderator: David Grachen, Federal Highway Administration

Participants will learn to identify the similarities and differences between certain requirements of NEPA, Section 106 regulations implementing the National Historic Preservation Act, and Section 4(f) of the US DOT Act in the context of transportation project development. Issues to be considered include public involvement, alternatives analysis, and Section 4(f) least harm analysis. In addition, participants will be provided with an understanding of opportunities to achieve efficiencies with overlapping requirements.

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