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Roadside Botany 101

 

The next time you go for a drive, consider the weeds growing alongside the road. To many, they're just an eyesore, but to roadside weed control specialists like Kevin Juneau, they represent a safety hazard, a significant economic cost, and a threat to an area's ecological balance. Read more...

 

 

 

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Protecting our Most Valuable Resource

 

Nancy Pullen-Seufert is the Associate Director for the National Center for Safe Routes to School. The Center is located at the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center, and serves as the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) clearinghouse for the Federal Safe Routes to School Program. Read more...

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Putting the Brakes on Air Pollution

 

Jeff Houk is an air quality specialist with the U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). For nearly three decades, his career has involved helping local, state, and federal agencies to measure and reduce air pollution emissions stemming from vehicle transportation and road construction projects. Thanks to people like Houk and other environmental scientists, problems like global climate change have not only been increasingly recognized by society, but are receiving major public and legislative attention. Read more...


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Partners in Green

 

Chancee? Lundy and Veronica Davis first met in 2002 at a leadership conference for the National Society of Black Engineers. Within the first 20 minutes of talking to each other, one of them suggested starting a business together. The idea came to fruition seven years later when the two friends opened their own environmental consulting firm in Washington, D.C. Read more...


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Sustainable Infrastructure

 

Today, there is an ongoing push for more sustainable efforts in transportation planning and construction to preserve the environment. Randy Albert of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has expertise in a number of innovative methods of "going green" in transportation projects. Read more...

 


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Focus on the Future

 

With sights set on the future, Shari Schaftlein, Director of the FHWA's Office of Human Environment, is working to ensure that the transportation system is moving toward greater economic and environmental sustainability. Read more...

 

 

 


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The "RAP" on Recycled Pavement

 

The number one most recycled product, according to the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA), is asphalt pavement. In fact, millions of tons of worn-out road asphalt are reclaimed and recycled each year to build new roads at a lower cost and a fraction of the environmental price-tag of new materials. Read more...



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Making a Difference

 

From proposing a new freeway to purchasing a new fleet of fuel-efficient city busses, each transportation project is a complex web made up of different groups of people with different interests. Each decision can have a significant impact on the environment and the community that the project serves. That's why transportation planners like Tamara Cook must carry out a delicate balancing act of negotiating, communicating, and coordinating with the public and with companies or government agencies. The goal is to ensure that all projects meet the needs of transportation users and stay within budget, while still being environmentally friendly. Read more...

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Environmental Stewardship

 

Many of the most beautiful cities in the world are designed not to be closed off from the natural environment, but to reflect and sustain the beauty of the surrounding ecosystem.

Sue Hann is the City Manager and former Public Works Director for the city of Palm Bay, Florida. She also sits on the Board as Transportation Director at Large for the American Public Works Association (APWA). Throughout her career, she has been the head of projects and programs that involve every aspect of running a city, from roads, traffic signals, drainage, budgetary matters, and all other elements related to a city's transportation system. Read more...


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Routes to Cleaner Cities

 

In cities across the nation, cars are part of the fabric of the transportation system. They're fast, convenient, fun to drive, and ready to go when you are. But if you consider factors like traffic congestion and the environment, it turns out that cars aren't always the most efficient or economical way to travel. Well-designed forms of public transportation, such as fuel-efficient busses and electric trains, are highly affordable, can carry more passengers per trip, and can lead to reduced pollution emissions compared to traditional automobiles. These are major benefits for the consumer, and are also more beneficial for the environment. Read more...


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Technology on the Move

 

Thanks to Mohamed Talas and his team at the New York City Department of Transportation (NY DOT), 8 million native New Yorkers and 5 million commuters are starting to breathe cleaner air and spend significantly less time stuck in traffic each day as a result of the Midtown in Motion project. Read more...