Effective Organizational Structures and Management Practices for Achieving Environmental Stewardship and Streamlining in Transportation Agencies

This report describes organizational structures and management practices that contribute to achieving environmental stewardship and streamlining in state DOTs. It is based primarily on a two-phase set of interviews of state DOTs – six states in Phase 1 (Florida, Maryland, New York, Oregon, Tennessee, and Vermont) and five states in Phase 2 (Arkansas, Illinois, Minnesota, Montana, and New Mexico). From the interviews of this diverse group of state DOTs, twelve main themes emerged as important to success in environmental stewardship and streamlining: 1. Provide two levels of leadership. 2. Organize for environmental awareness and accountability throughout the DOT and assure effective communications. 3. Provide expert staffing. 4. Build an environmental culture. 5. Support improved land use. 6. Invest in environment. 7. Nurture relationships with resource agencies. 8. Invest in GIS. 9. Develop programmatic agreements. 10. Shift from projects to ecosystems. 11. Be judicious with environmental management systems (EMS) and environmental performance measures (EPMs). 12. Continually streamline environmental processes. In addition, a literature review was conducted, yielding 27 reports that contain findings, recommendations and tools that could help state DOT efforts to advance environmental stewardship and streamlining.

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    • This study was requested by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), and conducted as part of the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Project 25-25. Project 25-25 is intended to fund quick response studies on behalf of the AASHTO Standing Committee on the Environment.
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  • Authors:
    • Burbank, Cynthia J
    • Kassoff, Hal
    • Zwas, Amy
    • Lubliner, Alan
  • Publication Date: 2009-6


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 90p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01497398
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NCHRP 25-25, Task 37
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 29 2013 11:02AM