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Advancing Human Environment Stewardship


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During the 2017 National Regional Transportation Conference, Shari Schaftlein shared the Federal Highway Administration's update on resources related to human environment. FHWA program areas are interrelated with agency priorities.

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Advancing Human Environment Stewardship

  1. 1. Advancing Human Environment Stewardship Shari Schaftlein, Director, Office of Human Environment June 30, 2017
  2. 2. U.S. DOT Priorities: • Safety • Accelerated Project Delivery • Technology Advancements What is the relationship of Human Environment Stewardship to these priorities? 2
  3. 3. FHWA Program Areas • Context Sensitive Solutions • Environmental Justice • Quality of Life/Livability • Multimodal System Planning • Connectivity • Economic Development • Sustainability and Resilience • Transportation Planning and Health 3
  4. 4. CSS Overview • Flexible and creative transportation solutions • Collaboration and consensus based decision making • Internal and external stakeholder involvement • Preserving and enhancing resources • Physical setting (contextually appropriate design) • Performance measures - timely project delivery 4
  5. 5. CCS and Rural Areas  Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) in Practice Brochure   Using Active Transportation and Context Sensitive Solutions to Enhance Livability in Rural Communities and Small Towns Webinar  x.cfm  Case Studies 
  6. 6. ND CSS Targeted Technical Assistance
  7. 7. Ensure communities have a meaningful voice in the transportation decision- making process. Ensure that impacts to communities and citizens are recognized early and addressed throughout the transportation decision-making process. Identify and prevent discriminatory effects through active administration of programs, policies, and activities. Prevent the denial of, reduction in, or significant delay in receipt of benefits by minority populations and low-income populations. Environmental Justice (EJ) at the FHWA means identifying and addressing disproportionately high and adverse effects of the agency's programs, policies, and activities on minority populations and low-income populations Overview Core Principles Environmental Justice 7
  8. 8. EJ and Rural Areas  Developing and Advancing Effective Public Involvement and Environmental Justice Strategies for Rural and Small Communities  blications/effective_strategies/index.cfm  Environmental Justice Analysis in Transportation Planning and Programming (In Development)  Fundamentals of EJ Web-based Course (Coming Soon to National Highway Institute)  Advanced EJ Analysis Course (In Development)  Case Studies:  se_studies/
  9. 9. • Connectivity • Livability/Quality of Life • Transportation Alternatives /Bicycle and Pedestrian • Context Sensitive Solutions /Design • Economic Development/Revitalization • Sustainability and Resiliency • Community Impact Assessments • Design Flexibility • Performance Management/Performance Based Practical Design • Walkable Multimodal Thoroughfares • Safe and affordable transportation choices • Civil Rights/non-discrimination • Environmental Justice Evolving Terminology for Human Environment Stewardship 9
  10. 10. Transportation and Livability • Better integration of multimodal transportation infrastructure and facilities • Expand opportunities for economic development • Provide safe and adequate accommodations for all users • Increase community connectivity and cohesion • Capitalize on the value of existing (context sensitive) community amenities • Enhance access to jobs, schools, and other services • Help improve overall quality of life 10
  11. 11. Urban/Rural Needs 11
  12. 12. Urban/Rural Resources Resource Urban Rural Dually Applicable Developing and Advancing Effective Public Involvement and Environmental Justice Strategies for Rural and Small Communities X Small Town and Rural Multimodal Networks X Innovative Street Design Practices and Accessibility (In Progress) X Best Planning Practices: Metropolitan Transportation Plans X Environmental Justice Analysis in Transportation Planning and Programming, State of the Practice (In Progress) X The Why and How of Measuring Access to Opportunity X 12
  13. 13. Transportation and Livability Resources Foundational • Livability in Transportation Guidebook • The Role of FHWA Programs in Livability • Creating Livable Communities Report • Regional Livability Workshop Summaries Recent • The Why and How of Measuring Access to Opportunity, A Guide to Performance Management • Updated Case Studies • Best Practice Videos Work in Progress • Community Impact Assessment Guidebook Update • Community Connections, EDC-4 13
  14. 14. Human Environment Newsletters 14
  15. 15. Recent FHWA Pedestrian and Bicycle Resources 15
  16. 16. 16 Performance-Based Practical Design + Transportation Systems Management and Operations Better Complete Streets
  17. 17. Economic Development Resources “Transportation should play a significant role in promoting economic growth, improving the environment, and sustaining quality of life." Declaration of Policy, 23 USC 101 • FHWA Economic Development Case Studies • FHWA Transportation and Economic Development Portal • Supporting Economic Development with Highway Investment Report (Nov 2015) • EconWorks (Economic Impacts Analysis), Webinar Series • The Conservation Leadership Network Courses ( 17
  18. 18. State and Local Coordination • Over1,200participating Communities • Over$17billion dollarsin federalresources • 15Federalagencies administeringPlace-based Initiative programs • Increasedinteragency planning(andanumberof potentiallyduplicative interagencystructures) 18
  19. 19. INVEST – FHWA’s Sustainability Tool • Infrastructure Voluntary Evaluation Sustainability Tool (INVEST) • Web-based self- assessment tool • Specific to transportation • Helps stakeholders go above and beyond • Practical - connects sustainability principles with action • Nationally vetted – pilot tested across the country, 3000+ comments • Voluntary • Free, easy to use • Flexible 19
  20. 20.  Promotes context sensitive design rather than a one- size-fits-all solution  Informs decision making goals to measure success implementing transportation projects that support community revitalization  Enhances strategies to improve safety and multimodal access to jobs, education, and other services Community Connections: An EDC-4 Initiative 20
  21. 21. Transportation Planning and Health  Framework for Better Integrating Health into Transportation Corridor Planning  Transportation and Health Tool (THT) 21
  22. 22. Transportation Equity • Congestion Pricing and Tolling • Multimodal Access • Transportation Investment Analysis: shared benefits and negative impacts 22
  23. 23.  Livability:   Environmental Justice:  Bicycle and Pedestrian:  Economic Development:  Sustainable Transportation:  Community Connections:   Health in Transportation:  Program Websites 23
  24. 24. Questions?