State DOT Workshops

Overview

In 2010, AASHTO sponsored climate change workshops for 10 state DOTs: Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Missouri, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and West Virginia. In 2011, an additional 7 workshops are being conducted, April-July 2011: Arizona, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Illinois, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Vermont. These 17 states were selected from 30 states that applied to AASHTO for a workshop. The workshops are one full day, followed by a 1-2 hour executive session the following day. Each workshop covers:

  1. Climate Change Science, Sources and Trends
  2. The Importance of Climate Change to State DOTs
  3. Federal Legislation
  4. Planning and NEPA Issues
  5. Climate Adaptation
  6. Strategies to Reduce GHG Emissions from Transportation Sources
  7. Participant Breakout Discussions (to brainstorm specific ideas for each state to respond to climate change challenges)

Participants at the workshops include state DOT staff and managers representing a wide range of DOT functions - planning, design, operations, environmental analysis, communications, maintenance, etc. - as well as representatives of a wide range of state DOT partners - MPOs, major transit agencies, state environmental agencies, state energy offices, the FHWA Division Office, and regional offices of the Federal Transit Administration and Environmental Protection Agency.

The workshop curriculum are developed, customized by state, and delivered by Sarah Siwek and Cynthia Burbank (of Parsons Brinckerhoff) with funding support from FHWA.

State DOT Climate Change Workshops Summary

AASHTO and FHWA have sponsored seventeen climate change workshops for state DOTs and their partners over the past eighteen months. This webinar provides key highlights of the workshops, brief updates from AASHTO and FHWA on current climate change activities, and presentations by three state DOT representatives on climate change and transportation issues in their respective states. A Q&A session is also held at the end of the webinar.

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Presented by:

Cindy Burbank, Parsons Brinckerhoff
Sarah Siwek, Sarah J. Siwek & Associates, Inc.
Caroline Paulsen, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)
Diane Turchetta, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
Kevin Walsh, Massachusetts Department of Transportation
Gina Campoli, Vermont Agency of Transportation
Perry Keller, West Virginia Department of Transportation

This webinar was conducted July 20, 2011 under sponsorship of AASHTO, the Center for Environmental Excellence, and FHWA.

This webinar provides key highlights of the workshops, brief updates from AASHTO and FHWA on current climate change activities, and presentations by three state DOT representatives on climate change and transportation issues in their respective states.

2011 Workshops  
Arizona DOT Climate Change Workshop April 26, 2011
Connecticut DOT Climate Change Workshop May 9, 2011
District of Columbia DOT Climate Change Workshop June 29, 2011
Illinois DOT Climate Change Workshop July 26, 2011
Massachusetts DOT Climate Change Workshop June 14, 2011
North Carolina DOT Climate Change Workshop April 14, 2011
Vermont DOT Climate Change Workshop May 16, 2011
   
2010 Workshops  
Colorado DOT Climate Change Workshop June 29, 2010
Georgia DOT Climate Change Workshop March 30, 2010
Hawaii DOT Climate Change Workshop June 3, 2010
Iowa DOT Climate Change Workshop June 22, 2010
Missouri DOT Climate Change Workshop June 17, 2010
Mississippi DOT Climate Change Workshop June 17, 2010
Pennsylvania DOT Climate Change Workshop April 28, 2010
Rhode Island DOT Climate Change Workshop April 14, 2010
Tennessee DOT Climate Change Workshop May 12, 2010
West Virginia DOT Climate Change Workshop April 21, 2010