Tuesday, July 5, 2016

FHWA: Talking Freight Seminar on July 20, 2016: Sustainable Freight Transportation Services

Talking Freight Seminars

Attention AICP Members
Talking Freight seminars may be eligible for 1.5 AICP Certification Maintenance Credits.
The Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA's) Office of Freight Management and Operations and the Office of Planning host the "Talking Freight" seminars. The seminars are part of a broader Freight Professional Development Program aimed at providing technical assistance, training, tools, and information to help the freight and planning workforce meet the transportation challenges of tomorrow. Seminars are held via web conference on a monthly basis throughout the year and are open at no cost to all interested parties in both the public and private sectors. There is no special equipment required to participate, all that is needed is a computer with Internet connectivity to view the presentations and audio can either be heard over the computer or phone.

Register for Upcoming Seminars

To register for a seminar, select the seminar topic in the table below. You will be taken to a registration form on the National Highway Institute Web site. You must register individually for each seminar in which you are interested. When registering you will be asked to enter your name, organization, phone number, and email address. This information will only be used to keep track of seminar participation and will not be shared with others. Please make sure you enter your email address correctly, as you will be sent login information via email. If you register for a seminar and later find out you can no longer attend, please inform Nicole Coene (Leidos) via e-mail at nicole.l.coene@leidos.com.
Talking Freight seminars may be eligible for 1.5 AICP Certification Maintenance Credits. In order to receive credit, you must attend the full seminar and login to the seminar with your full name or type your full name into the chat area during the seminar if you are in a room with a group of people. Visit the AICP Web site for more information about AICP Certification Maintenance Credits.

Upcoming Seminars
Date & TimeTopicDescription of TopicSpeakers, Affiliations and Topics
July 20, 2016
1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Sustainable Freight Transportation ServicesOne of the challenges for freight transportation carriers, shippers, and government agencies is to find ways to maximize transportation efficiency and economic viability while at the same time minimizing the environmental impacts of freight transportation. In many cases, improved environmental sustainability efforts, such as enhancing fuel efficiency, concurrently provide economic benefits for freight carriers and shippers, while in other cases supply chain companies need to adjust their approaches in order to meet environmental requirements. Various government agencies at the federal, state, regional, and local levels have taken steps to promote freight transportation sustainability initiatives that can benefit freight carriers and other companies directly involved in supply chain operations. Finding and implementing sustainable freight transportation practices that mutually benefit both supply chain companies and the general public provide win-win opportunities for all parties, and can mitigate environmental impact concerns some citizens have about freight transportation movements.
This webinar will examine some of the initiatives different levels of government have been implementing to promote sustainable transportation practices that be utilized by and ultimately benefit freight carriers and other companies involved in supply chain operations.
  • Sustainable Freight Transportation Services Overview – This presentation will discuss some of the transportation services available to freight carriers and governments to enhance freight transportation sustainability efforts.
    • Denise Kearns, EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality
  • FHWA Sustainability Assessment Tool — INVEST Discussion – This presentation will examine the benefits of using FHWA's Infrastructure Voluntary Evaluation Sustainability Tool (INVEST), which was developed by FHWA to enable transportation agencies to assess and enhance the sustainability of their projects and programs, including their freight transportation-focused programs.
    • Tina Hodges, FHWA Office of Natural Environment
  • City Level Sustainable Transportation Efforts Discussion – This presentation will provide an overview of the City of Chicago's efforts to make its transportation system more sustainable for all users, increase freight transportation users.
    • Samantha Bingham, Chicago Department of Transportation

Past Seminars

All Talking Freight seminars are recorded and are available for viewing online after the seminar has passed. An archive of presentations, recordings, podcasts, and transcripts from all past Talking Freight Seminars is available at www.fhwa.dot.gov/planning/freight_planning/talking_freight/index.cfm.

Freight Planning LISTSERV

Information about the Talking Freight Seminar Series, including upcoming topics and registration availability, is distributed through the Freight Planning LISTSERV. The LISTSERV also provides a venue for exchanging information about freight planning among public and private sector professionals. There are over 800 subscribers, comprised of transportation professionals from State DOTs, MPOs, professional associations, businesses, the academic community, and others.

Staff Contact

Chip Millard

(Source: http://www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/freight/fpd/talking_freight/index.htm)

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