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Greening the Road: Using Green Rating Systems to Evaluate Your Transportation Project


How can we design a better and greener roadway? Join David Hein, P.Eng., vice president of transportation at Applied Research Associates, to explore transportation project design, specification, and construction elements used to develop long-lasting roadways that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce and recycle road-building resources, and promote environmental stewardship.

While many other approaches (e.g., mass transit, green vehicles, etc.) warrant consideration, this Webcast concentrates on green roadway initiatives and solutions. Defining green pavements as roadways using fewer long-term resources and/or creating lower levels of “greenhouse” gasses over the life of the pavement, this Webcast explores the achievement of these goals through: 1) utilizing few resources during construction, rehabilitation, and maintenance of pavements; 2) utilizing pavement materials that create fewer greenhouse gasses during production, transportation, and construction; and 3) construction of pavements that result in better fuel economy. As a result, there are several green rating systems developed to evaluate the environmental friendliness of transportation design and rehabilitation projects.  This Webcast introduces the concepts and key features of green rating systems and provides worked examples of three of the more commonly used systems for roadway projects.

Through an introduction of sustainable options and green rating systems, as well as three real-world, worked green road rating system examples, we’ll explore the roadway planning, design, construction, commissioning, maintenance and operation, and life-cycle assessment activities enabling the development of sustainable, safe, and resilient roadway infrastructure.

Learning Objectives 
Attendees can expect the discussion and education of the following learning objectives.

  • Understanding of roadway sustainability design and construction concepts
  • Understanding and use of specification and construction activities that reduce and recycle road building resources, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and promote environmental stewardship
  • Identification, understanding and use of logical and defendable tools demonstrating and accounting for environmental sustainability
  • Understanding of and ability to better evaluate tradeoffs and decisions with respect to sustainability practices
  • Understanding and use of systems to document the positive impact of sustainable practices
On-Demand Webcast
Session: 1 H 30 M
Lectures: 1
Credits: 1 PDH / 0.1 CEU



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